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General View to the South-west
General View to the South-west
Coat of arms of Apprieu
Coat of arms
Location of Apprieu
Apprieu is located in France
Apprieu is located in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Coordinates: 45°24′04″N 5°29′31″E / 45.4011°N 5.4919°E / 45.4011; 5.4919Coordinates: 45°24′04″N 5°29′31″E / 45.4011°N 5.4919°E / 45.4011; 5.4919
ArrondissementLa Tour-du-Pin
CantonLe Grand-Lemps
IntercommunalityBièvre Est
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Dominique Pallier
15.09 km2 (5.83 sq mi)
 • Density220/km2 (570/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
38013 /38140
Elevation371–773 m (1,217–2,536 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Apprieu is a commune in the Isère department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of southeastern France.

The inhabitants of the commune are known as Apprelans or Apprelanes.[2]


Apprieu is located some 60 km east by south-east of Vienne and 12 km north-west of Voiron stretching along the southern slope of a hill originating from a moraine of Alpine glaciers from the last ice age. Access to the commune is by road D520 from Colombe in the west passing through the town and continuing east to La Murette. The A48 autoroute passes through the southern tip of the commune but has no exit until Exit 9 just to the west of the commune. Apart from the town there are also the hamlets of Plan Bois in the north-east and Le Rivier in the south. The commune north of the town is heavily forested while to the south is mostly farmland with forests to a lesser extent.

The Fure river follows the eastern and southern borders of the commune then flows south to join the Morge river at Le Port.[3]

Neighbouring communes and villages[3][edit]


Apprieu, from the Latin Apprius - an anagram of "Priapus", the ancient god of fertility associated with the ancient city of Lampsacus near Troy.


Arms of Apprieu

Party per Fesse, in first party per pale: 1 of Gules, a bee of Or; 2 of Gules, two keys the same posed saltirewise; in second Azure, a blast furnace proper masoned in Sable with open arch


List of Successive Mayors[4]

From To Name Party Position
2001 2008 Bernard Vial
2008 2014 Georges Ferreri
2014 2020 Dominique Pallier

(Not all data is known)


In 2009 the commune had 3,103 inhabitants. The evolution of the number of inhabitants is known from 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
1,297 1,439 1,555 1,469 1,480 1,478 1,480 1,811 1,861
1856 1861 1866 1872 1876 1881 1886 1891 1896
1,821 1,764 1,766 1,761 1,893 1,879 1,841 1,777 1,790
1901 1906 1911 1921 1926 1931 1936 1946 1954
1,725 1,724 1,704 1,500 1,588 1,604 1,483 1,493 1,541
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006 2009 -
1,448 1,478 1,539 1,770 2,426 2,528 2,795 3,103 -

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

Population of Apprieu

Sites and Monuments[edit]

General view to the South-east
Information Sign

The Forges of Bonpertuis (1859)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg are registered as an historical monument.[5]

Notable people linked to the commune[edit]

The Gourju family settled in Apprieu in 1842 to restart the old forges of Bonpertuis known since 1569 and probably much earlier in the Carthusian period. Alphonse Gourju (ironmaster from Rives), Renage, and Brignoud from the valley of Gresivaudan installed a remarkable puddling furnace at Bonpertuis which is well preserved today. The tradition of ironworking was continued by the Experton family.

Canadian biathlete Yolaine Oddou emigrated to Canada from Apprieu in 1999.

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 Archived 6 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine, the so-called "law of local democracy" and in particular Title V "census operations" allows, after a transitional period running from 2004 to 2008, the annual publication of the legal population of the different French administrative districts. For communes with a population greater than 10,000 inhabitants, a sample survey is conducted annually, the entire territory of these communes 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. ^ "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  2. ^ Inhabitants of (in French)
  3. ^ a b Google Maps
  4. ^ List of Mayors of France
  5. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée PA38000013 Forges of Bonpertuis (in French)

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