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Balaguier-sur-Rance seen from the nearby hillside
Balaguier-sur-Rance seen from the nearby hillside
Location of Balaguier-sur-Rance
Balaguier-sur-Rance is located in France
Balaguier-sur-Rance is located in Occitanie
Coordinates: 43°53′55″N 2°34′39″E / 43.8986°N 2.5775°E / 43.8986; 2.5775Coordinates: 43°53′55″N 2°34′39″E / 43.8986°N 2.5775°E / 43.8986; 2.5775
IntercommunalityPays Saint-Serninois
 • Mayor (2014–2020) David Maury
9.8 km2 (3.8 sq mi)
 • Density11/km2 (27/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
12019 /12380
Elevation253–748 m (830–2,454 ft)
(avg. 271 m or 889 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.

Balaguier-sur-Rance 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.[1]


Balaguier-sur-Rance is located some 32 km east of Albi and just north of Saint-Sernin-sur-Rance. The whole western border of the commune is the departmental boundary between Aveyron and Tarn. The commune is divided into two parts situated on either side of the Rance river. Balaguier le Maigre (the thin) or le Vieux (the old) is on the right bank with its houses clinging to a rocky outcrop that supported a fortified structure of which there remains no trace. On the left bank is Balaguier le Gras (the fat) with the church, the town hall, and a chateau from the 15th and 16th centuries. Both banks are connected by a stone bridge from the 15th century. Access to the commune is by the D33 road from Curvalle in the north-west which passes through the commune and the village and joins the D999 on the communal border then continues to Saint-Sernin-sur-Rance. The D999 passes through the south of the commune as it goes from Alban to Vabres-l'Abbaye.[2]

The Rance river flows through the centre of the commune from east to west where it continues north-west to join the Tarn east of Trébas. Many tributaries rise in the commune on both banks of the Rance and flow into it.[2]

Neighbouring communes and villages[2][edit]


List of Successive Mayors[3]

From To Name Party Position
1846 1870 Pierre Cadas
1870 1876 Casimir Guy
1876 1902 Pierre Sylvain Frédéric Villeneuve
1902 1904 Auguste Louis Cadas
1995 2014 Philippe Boularan
2014 2020 David Maury

(Not all data is known)


In 2010 the commune had 104 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
360 403 - - - - - 519 550
1856 1861 1866 1872 1876 1881 1886 1891 1896
506 502 480 510 502 423 458 444 450
1901 1906 1911 1921 1926 1931 1936 1946 1954
446 403 393 329 330 294 278 268 224
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006 2010 -
209 172 150 127 104 100 94 104 -

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

Population of Balaguier-sur-Rance

Sites and monuments[edit]

The Chateau Keep
  • A copy of a menhir statue found when working under the main road in the village.
  • A Chateau Keep from the 15th and 16th centuries.

Notable people linked to the commune[edit]

  • Hippolyte Coste, born 20 December 1858 in Balaguier-sur-Rance at Mas d'Estioussès.

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 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.