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The Town Hall
The Town Hall
Coat of arms of Alboussière
Coat of arms
Alboussière is located in France
Location within Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region
Alboussière is located in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Coordinates: 44°56′42″N 4°43′46″E / 44.945°N 4.7294°E / 44.945; 4.7294Coordinates: 44°56′42″N 4°43′46″E / 44.945°N 4.7294°E / 44.945; 4.7294
Country France
Region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Department Ardèche
Arrondissement Tournon-sur-Rhône
Canton Haut-Vivarais
Intercommunality CC Rhône-Crussol
 • Mayor (2014-2020) Philippe Ponton
Area1 18.39 km2 (7.10 sq mi)
Population (2015)2 1,065
 • Density 58/km2 (150/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code 07007 /07440
Elevation 234–774 m (768–2,539 ft)
(avg. 548 m or 1,798 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Alboussière is a commune in the Ardèche department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of southern France.

The inhabitants of the commune are known as Alboussiérois or Alboussiéroises[1]


Alboussière is located some 10 km west of Valence and 10 km east of Lamastre. It can be accessed by the winding D533 road from Valence which passes through the village and continues west to Saint-Barthélemy-Grozon. The D14 road from Vernoux-en-Vivarais in the south also passes through the commune to join the D533 just north of the commune. The commune is also covered with a network of small roads. There are nine other hamlets in the commune other than the village. These are: Aubert, Blanc, Les Chatanelles, La Chalaye, Bleizac, Le Mas, Le Vivier, Ponsoye, and Fialaix.[2]

There are numerous streams throughout the commune. The Ruisseau de Jergne forms most of the southern border and the Duzon forms much of the eastern boundary with large numbers of unnamed streams joining them.[2]

Neighbouring communes and villages[2][edit]


Arms of Alboussière

Party per pale, Azure a ram rampant Argent and barry of six Or and Vert.


List of Successive Mayors[3]

From To Name Party Position
2001 2014 Jacques Dubay UDI
2014 2020 Philippe Ponton

(Not all data is known)


In 2009 the commune had 938 inhabitants. The evolution of the number of inhabitants is known through the population censuses conducted in the commune since 1793. From the 21st century, a census of communes with fewer than 10,000 inhabitants is held every five years, unlike larger towns that have a sample survey every year.[Note 1]

Population change (See database)
1793 1800 1806 1821 1831 1836 1841 1846 1851
1,005 941 945 1,054 1,059 1,040 958 1,077 1,081
1856 1861 1866 1872 1876 1881 1886 1891 1896
1,068 1,100 986 1,000 1,057 1,017 976 993 874
1901 1906 1911 1921 1926 1931 1936 1946 1954
871 877 842 800 798 827 853 758 726
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006 2010 -
700 696 605 727 756 873 907 938 -

Sources : Ldh/EHESS/Cassini until 1962, INSEE database from 1968 (population without double counting and municipal population from 2006)

Distribution of Age Groups[edit]

The population of the town is relatively old. The rate of people above the age of 60 years (26.9%) is higher than the national rate (21.8%) while being close to the departmental rate (27.1%). As for the national and departmental ratio of sexes, the female population of the commune is higher than the male population. Rate (51.7%) is of the same order of magnitude as the national rate (51.9%).

Percentage Distribution of Age Groups in Alboussière and Ardèche Department in 2009

Alboussière Alboussière Ardèche Ardèche
Age Range Men Women Men Women
0 to 14 Years 21.9 20.3 18.7 16.9
15 to 29 Years 14.9 13.0 15.4 14.0
30 to 44 Years 21.7 19.2 19.9 18.9
45 to 59 Years 18.3 17.1 21.5 20.6
60 to 74 Years 14.4 13.6 16.1 16.4
75 to 89 Years 7.5 14.0 8.0 11.7
90 Years+ 1.3 2.7 0.4 1.5


Sites and Monuments[edit]

  • The Chateau Crozat was enlarged in the 17th century then transformed by the architect Louis Achille Tracol in the 19th century.
  • The Chapel of St-Didier-de-Crussol
  • The Church of Saint-André-de-Crussol contains a Statue: Saint-Evêque (19th century)Logo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg which is registered as an historical object.[4]
  • The Artificial lake

Notable people linked to the commune[edit]

  • Edmond Ponsoye, pastor and historian, from a very old family who owned the hamlet of Ponsoye Alboussiere.
  • Gerard Miller, psychoanalyst and member of the Ruquier Band, rented with his brother Stéphane a snack-bar at the edge of the Alboussière lake in the summer of 2011.[5]
  • Louis-Balthazard du Bay was born in the castle on 3 November 1775. He was, among others, Lord of Cros, Baron of Boffre, Mayor of Saint-Péray, and a member of the electoral college of the department of Ardèche.[6]

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]


  1. ^ At the beginning of the 21st century, the methods of identification have been modified by law No. 2002-276 of 27 February 2002 [1] Archived 2016-03-06 at the Wayback Machine., the so-called "law of local democracy" and in particular Title V "census operations" which allow, after a transitional period running from 2004 to 2008, the annual publication of the legal population of the different French administrative districts. For municipalities with a population greater than 10,000 inhabitants, a sample survey is conducted annually, the entire territory of these municipalities is taken into account at the end of the period of five years. The first "legal population" after 1999 under this new law came into force on 1 January 2009 and was based on the census of 2006.


  1. ^ Inhabitants of Ardèche (in French)
  2. ^ a b c Google Maps
  3. ^ List of Mayors of France
  4. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM07001087 Statue: Saint-Evêque (in French)
  5. ^ Le Dauphine, 30 July 2011 (in French)
  6. ^ Chabeaussière - Courcelles - Saint-Pons - Lanz, Universal Nobility of France: or General Collection of historical genealogies of the noble houses of the kingdom, bureau du Nobiliaire universel de France, 1814, Vol. 2, Read online (in French)

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