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The Balbins Cemetery oil painting in 1888 by Johan Barthold Jongkind
The Balbins Cemetery oil painting in 1888 by Johan Barthold Jongkind
Balbins is located in France
Location within Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region
Balbins is located in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Coordinates: 45°23′40″N 5°13′00″E / 45.3944°N 5.2167°E / 45.3944; 5.2167Coordinates: 45°23′40″N 5°13′00″E / 45.3944°N 5.2167°E / 45.3944; 5.2167
 • Mayor (2008–2020) Anne-Marie Amice
Area17.26 km2 (2.80 sq mi)
Population (2010)2386
 • Density53/km2 (140/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code38025 /38260
Elevation347–530 m (1,138–1,739 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. 2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Balbins is a commune in the Isère department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of south-eastern France.

The inhabitants of the commune are known as Balbinois or Balbinoises.[1]


Balbins is located some 40 km north-west of Grenoble just west of La Côte-Saint-André. Access to the commune is by the D73 from La Côte-Saint-André which passes through the commune just south of the village and continues west to Penol. The D518A passes through the east of the commune linking the D71 south of La Côte-Saint-André to the D518 north-west of La Côte-Saint-André. The commune is almost entirely farmland with urban area of the village merging with that of Ornacieux.[2]

Neighbouring communes and villages[2][edit]


List of Successive Mayors[3]

From To Name Party Position
2008 2020 Anne Marie Amice

(Not all data is known)


In 2010 the commune had 386 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
248 250 342 346 386 396 410 415 389
1856 1861 1866 1872 1876 1881 1886 1891 1896
429 403 387 394 392 405 369 335 326
1901 1906 1911 1921 1926 1931 1936 1946 1954
341 327 316 278 272 308 306 285 256
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006 2010 -
233 205 257 313 363 371 397 386 -

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

Population of Balbins

Sites and monuments[edit]

The Chateau of Armanet in 1913
  • The Buissonnière Tower is the last vestige of the fortified house that stood there; it was the possession of Miribel, Salignon, and Côte Saint-André.
  • The Chateau of Armanet was a former Templar fortified house

Notable people linked to the commune[edit]

  • Félicien de Mons de Savasse, born in the Chateau of Armanet, Knight and Commander of the Order of Malta in 1760.

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.