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Location of Balaguier-d'Olt
Balaguier-d'Olt is located in France
Balaguier-d'Olt is located in Occitanie
Coordinates: 44°31′29″N 1°58′23″E / 44.5247°N 1.9731°E / 44.5247; 1.9731Coordinates: 44°31′29″N 1°58′23″E / 44.5247°N 1.9731°E / 44.5247; 1.9731
CantonLot et Montbazinois
 • Mayor (2008–2020) Yves Villa
10.84 km2 (4.19 sq mi)
 • Density15/km2 (38/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
12018 /12260
Elevation152–378 m (499–1,240 ft)
(avg. 150 m or 490 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Balaguier-d'Olt is a commune in the Aveyron department in the Occitanie region of southern France.

The inhabitants of the commune are known as Balaguiérois or Balaguiéroises.[2]


Balaguier-d'Olt is located some 12 km south-west of Figeac just east of Ambeyrac. The whole north-western border of the commune is the Lot river which is also the departmental boundary between Aveyron and Lot. Access to the commune is by the D86 road from Ambeyrac which follows the river through the village and continues north-east to Capdenac-Gare. The D38 branches off the D86 and crosses the only bridge in the commune across the Lot to Saint-Pierre-Toirac. The D647 branches off the D86 just north of the village and goes south-east to Foissac. Apart from the village there is the hamlet of Vernet-le-Bas in the north of the commune. The commune is mixed forest and farmland.[3]

Geologically the commune is divided into two parts: first the Lot valley which consists of Toarcian marl and secondly the limestone plateau overlooking it.

The Ruisseau de Bournac flows from the north-east and the Ruisseau de Fréjéroque flows from the east both joining in the commune and flowing into the Lot.[3]

Neighbouring communes and villages[3][edit]


List of Successive Mayors[4]

From To Name Party Position
1840 1848 Joseph Daube
1848 1860 Pierre Trenty
1860 1868 Jean Louis Obscur
1868 1904 Félix Vernet
2001 2008 Claude Roques
2008 2020 Yves Villa

(Not all data is known)


In 2010 the commune had 127 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 communes that have a sample survey every year.[Note 1]

Population change (See database)
1793 1800 1806 1821 1831 1836 1841 1846 1851
485 414 - - - - 619 632 635
1856 1861 1866 1872 1876 1881 1886 1891 1896
619 621 578 574 536 516 531 510 415
1901 1906 1911 1921 1926 1931 1936 1946 1954
377 340 316 256 251 221 238 214 163
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006 2010 -
113 115 119 160 150 143 144 127 -

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

Population of Balaguier-d'Olt

Sites and Monuments[edit]

The Romanesque Church of Vernet-le-Bas has a bell tower dating from the 12th century and has Romanesque capitals on three sides. Inside the church the Romanesque Altar (12th century)Logo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg is still preserved in one of the side chapels. It is carved in sandstone decorations and presents interlacing. It is registered as an historical object.[5]

See also[edit]


  • Christian-Pierre Bedel (preface Jacques Dournes), Capdenac Los Aures Asprièras, Balaguier, Bolhac, Causse-e-Diege Foissac, Naussac, Salas, Sonnac / Christian-Pierre Bedel e los estatjants del canton de Capdenac, Rodez, Mission departmental culture, coll. "Al Canton", 1996, ill., cov. ill., 28 cm, 240 pp. ISBN 2-907279-23-8, ISSN 1151-8375, BNF No. FRBNF36688708 ‹See Tfd›(in French)

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 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 Aveyron ‹See Tfd›(in French)
  3. ^ a b c Google Maps
  4. ^ List of Mayors of France ‹See Tfd›(in French)
  5. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM12000015 Altar ‹See Tfd›(in French)