Alrance

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Alrance
The town hall and church in Alrance
The town hall and church in Alrance
Alrance is located in France
Alrance
Alrance
Coordinates: 44°07′57″N 2°41′03″E / 44.1325°N 2.6842°E / 44.1325; 2.6842Coordinates: 44°07′57″N 2°41′03″E / 44.1325°N 2.6842°E / 44.1325; 2.6842
Country France
Region Occitanie
Department Aveyron
Arrondissement Millau
Canton Salles-Curan
Intercommunality Lévézou Pareloup
Government
 • Mayor (2014-2020) Jean-Pierre Drulhe
Area1 35.43 km2 (13.68 sq mi)
Population (2014)2 357
 • Density 10/km2 (26/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 12006 /12430
Elevation 719–971 m (2,359–3,186 ft)
(avg. 735 m or 2,411 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.

Alrance is a French commune in the Aveyron department in the Occitanie region of southern France.

The inhabitants of the commune are known as Alrançais or Alrançaises[1]

Geography[edit]

Alrance is located some 30 km west of Millau and about 50 km north-east of Albi. The commune can be accessed by the D56 road which runs north-east from Durenque and intersects the road D25 in the commune. It continues north through the commune to Arvieu. The D25 comes south-east from Salmiech through most of the length of the commune and continues south-east to Villefranche-de-Panat. Access to the village is from the north-east on road D659 which runs off the D577 south of the Lac de Pareloup. The D659 runs south-west and ends at the village. The D528 also runs off the D25 in the south of the commune to the village.[2]

The commune is mostly farmland with some forest and covered by many country roads. There are a number of other hamlets and villages in the commune. These are:

  • L'Adrech
  • Bonneguide
  • Boussinesq
  • Le Bouviale
  • La Capelle Farcel
  • La Coste
  • Las Fenials
  • Flauvelou
  • Fretanels
  • Le Jouanesq
  • Lacan
  • Le Mas Nespoulous
  • Le Mas Viala
  • Le Mas Vialet
  • Montcouzac
  • Nazareth
  • La Niade
  • Pentezac
  • Peyrebrune
  • La Rouquette
  • Le Sales
  • La Vacaresse

A number of streams rise in the commune and flow to the Lac de Villefranche-de-Panat at the southern border of the commune. The streams include L'Alrance, Ruisseau du Lagasi, and several others. Some streams rise in the north of the commune and flow northwards eventually joining Le Ceor river which eventually flows to the Viaur at Castelpers.[2]

Neighbouring communes and villages[2][edit]

Administration[edit]

List of Successive Mayors of Alrance[3]

From To Name Party Position
1844 1856 Jean Joseph Terral
1856 1860 Adrien Seguret
1861 1862 Jean-Antoine Barthe
1862 1864 Jean-Joseph Terral
1864 1870 Jean-Antoine Barthe
1870 1871 François Gisquet
1871 1878 Joseph Gagraud
1878 1916 Adolphe Gagraud
1916 1919 Léopold Gautier
1919 1934 Adolphe Gagraud
1934 1953 Paul Serin
1953 1959 Gabriel Gintrand
1959 1971 Edouard Galtier
1971 1977 Auguste Fabre
1977 2001 Hubert Bonnefous
2001 2008 Jacques Montrozier
2008 2020 Jean-Pierre Drulhe

(Not all data is known)

Demography[edit]

In 2009 the commune had 404 inhabitants. The evolution of the number of inhabitants is known through the population censuses conducted in the town since 1793. From the 21st century, a census of municipalities 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
- - - - - - - 987 1,023
1856 1861 1866 1872 1876 1881 1886 1891 1896
990 992 942 974 906 994 998 892 854
1901 1906 1911 1921 1926 1931 1936 1946 1954
831 846 803 815 792 755 719 676 731
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006 2010 -
702 625 550 528 468 417 389 404 -

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


Population of Alrance

Sites and Monuments[edit]

The Tower of Peyrebrune.
  • The Lac de Villefranche-de-Panat just south of the commune border provides power and water activities for the commune
  • The Church of Alrance and Church of La Capelle-Farcel
  • The Tower of Peyrebrune (a chapel and remains of a castle)

Notable People linked to the commune[edit]

  • Jean-Baptiste Angles, a missionary in Japan.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes[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], 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.

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