Aston, Ariège

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View of the Étang de Larnoum one of many Étangs in the commune
View of the Étang de Larnoum one of many Étangs in the commune
Aston is located in France
Coordinates: 42°46′32″N 1°40′27″E / 42.7756°N 1.6742°E / 42.7756; 1.6742Coordinates: 42°46′32″N 1°40′27″E / 42.7756°N 1.6742°E / 42.7756; 1.6742
Country France
Region Occitanie
Department Ariège
Arrondissement Foix
Canton Cabannes
Intercommunality Vallées d'Ax
 • Mayor (2008–2020) Jean Lassalle
Area1 153.8 km2 (59.4 sq mi)
Population (2010)2 218
 • Density 1.4/km2 (3.7/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 09024 / 09310
Elevation 554–2,912 m (1,818–9,554 ft)
(avg. 560 m or 1,840 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.

Aston is a French commune in the Ariège department in the Midi-Pyrénées region of south-western France.

The inhabitants of the commune are known as Astonnais or Astonnaises.[1]


Aston is located some 90 km west of Perpignan and 30 km south of Foix. It is located high in the Pyrenees with its southern border the border between France and Andorra. Access to the commune is solely by a local road from Les Cabannes in the north to the village which lies at the northern tip of the commune. The D522 road from Les Cabannes passes down the eastern border of the commune in a tortuous route which terminates at the Angaka ski resort just east of the commune. Except for a very small area around the village the commune is extremely rugged and heavily forested.[2]

The Aston river rises in the south of the commune and flows north, passing through the village, to join the Ariège at Les Cabannes, gathering a very large number of tributaries from all corners of the commune.[2]

Neighbouring communes and villages[3][edit]


List of Successive Mayors[4]

From To Name Party Position
2001 2020 Jean Lasalle

(Not all data is known)


In 2010 the commune had 218 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
- 266 471 466 529 569 570 586 604
1856 1861 1866 1872 1876 1881 1886 1891 1896
510 503 517 502 464 422 414 371 373
1901 1906 1911 1921 1926 1931 1936 1946 1954
334 315 296 246 211 198 181 318 229
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006 2010 -
215 201 180 321 231 241 237 218 -

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

Population of Aston


The commune has two dams for the generation of Hydroelectricity: the Laparan and the Riète. They are operated by Électricité de France.

The Étang de Larnoum in autumn

Sites and monuments[edit]

  • The Étang de Larnoum

See also[edit]

External links[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, 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.