Beaufort, Isère

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Beaufort at the beginning of the 20th century
Beaufort at the beginning of the 20th century
Location of Beaufort
Beaufort is located in France
Beaufort is located in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Coordinates: 45°19′38″N 5°07′21″E / 45.3272°N 5.1225°E / 45.3272; 5.1225Coordinates: 45°19′38″N 5°07′21″E / 45.3272°N 5.1225°E / 45.3272; 5.1225
IntercommunalityPays de Chambaran
 • Mayor (2001–2020) Norbert Bouvier
8.69 km2 (3.36 sq mi)
 • Density64/km2 (170/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
38032 /38270
Elevation266–374 m (873–1,227 ft)
(avg. 280 m or 920 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.

Beaufort is a commune in the Isère department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of south-eastern France.[1]

The inhabitants of the commune are known as Beaufortois or Beaufortoises.[2]


Beaufort is located some 50 km north-east of Grenoble and 8 km east of Beaurepaire. Access to the commune is by the D73 road which changes to the D519D then the D519 from Lapeyrouse-Mornay in the east which passes through the commune north of the village and continues east, changing again to the D519, to Marcilloles. Access to the village is by the D73C which branches from the D73 in the commune and continues south to join the D130 just outside the commune. the D156B branches from the D73 in the commune and goes south-east to Thodure. Apart from the village there are the hamlets of Bas Beaufort and Chantabot. The commune is entirely farmland.[3][4]

La Raille stream flows through the commune from north-west to south-east where it continues to join the Torrent de la Perouse at Viriville. In the north-west of the commune are canals and ponds for a fish farm.[3][4]


Beaufort appears as Beaufort on the 1750 Cassini Map[5] and the same on the 1790 version.[6]


List of Successive Mayors[7]

From To Name Party Position
2001 2020 Norbert Bouvier

(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]

Population change (See database)
1793 1800 1806 1821 1831 1836 1841 1846 1851
425 399 562 601 674 723 757 704 739
1856 1861 1866 1872 1876 1881 1886 1891 1896
702 651 660 596 567 558 520 514 476
1901 1906 1911 1921 1926 1931 1936 1946 1954
460 471 442 408 352 376 381 354 367
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2007 2012 -
380 373 337 369 406 415 -

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

Population of Beaufort

Culture and heritage[edit]

  • The Fountains of Beaufort are classed as a Sensitive natural area.[8]

Notable people linked to the commune[edit]

  • Joseph Vacher (1869-1896), a criminal, considered to be one of the first serial killers in France was born in the commune.

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.