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The village; left is the Town Hall, right is the church
The village; left is the Town Hall, right is the church
Location of Beaufin
Beaufin is located in France
Beaufin is located in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Coordinates: 44°47′19″N 5°57′39″E / 44.7886°N 5.9608°E / 44.7886; 5.9608Coordinates: 44°47′19″N 5°57′39″E / 44.7886°N 5.9608°E / 44.7886; 5.9608
IntercommunalityMatheysine, Pays de Corps and Vallées du Valbonnais
 • Mayor (2003–2020) Emmanuel Serre
6 km2 (2 sq mi)
 • Density3.3/km2 (8.6/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
38031 /38970
Elevation744–2,080 m (2,441–6,824 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Beaufin is a commune in the Isère department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of south-eastern France.[2]

The inhabitants of the commune are known as Beaufinois or Beaufinoises.[3]


The Communal oven

Beaufin is located some 50 km south by south-east of Grenoble and 25 km north by north-west of Gap. Access to the commune is by the D217 road from Ambel in the north-west which continues east across the river to join the Route nationale N85. The D57L from Le Glaizil in the south-east also passes through the commune and across the river without connecting to the road to the village. The only access to the village is by the D217A which branches off the D217 in the commune and is a dead-end road due to the collapse of a tunnel on the road leading south. The commune has three well-defined areas: in the west and south are the slopes of Mount Faraud with bare rock in the higher parts (over 1600 metres) and forests in their lower part; in the centre is a cultivated plain where the village is located; in the north and east the wooded slopes descend towards the River Drac.[4][5]

The Drac River forms the northern and eastern border of the commune with the upper reaches of the artificial Lac du Sautet to the north of the commune. The Drac river is also the departmental boundary with Hautes-Alpes until the south-eastern corner of the commune where the departmental border becomes the southern border of the commune. One small stream flows north from Mount Faraud, through the village and into Lake Sautet.[4][5]


Beaufin appears as Baufin on the 1750 Cassini Map[6] and as Bausin on the 1790 version.[7]


List of Successive Mayors[8]

From To Name Party Position
2001 2003 Alphonse Bonthoux
2003 2020 Emmanuel Serre

(Not all data is known)


In 2012 the commune had 999 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]

The Town Hall
Population change (See database)
1793 1800 1806 1821 1831 1836 1841 1846 1851
157 107 175 201 214 191 175 172 185
1856 1861 1866 1872 1876 1881 1886 1891 1896
172 174 171 171 151 160 139 122 119
1901 1906 1911 1921 1926 1931 1936 1946 1954
106 101 83 80 48 51 35 44 32
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2007 2012 -
31 29 21 25 27 25 -
An Iron wayside cross
Population of Beaufin

Sites and Monuments[edit]

The Church
  • A Church from the 19th century with a unique nave, some marble in the interior (the altar, a foot stoup, a baptismal font)
  • Remains of a castle from the early 15th century
  • Red Rock lava flows.

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 and 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 2017". INSEE. Retrieved 6 January 2020.
  2. ^ Beaufin on Lion1906
  3. ^ Inhabitants of Isère (in French)
  4. ^ a b c Beaufin on Google Maps
  5. ^ a b Beaufin on the Géoportail from National Geographic Institute (IGN) website (in French)
  6. ^ Baufin on the 1750 Cassini Map
  7. ^ Bausin on the 1790 Cassini Map
  8. ^ List of Mayors of France (in French)