La Bastide-du-Salat

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La Bastide-du-Salat
La Bastide-du-Salat is located in France
La Bastide-du-Salat
La Bastide-du-Salat
Coordinates: 43°03′24″N 0°59′14″E / 43.0567°N 0.9872°E / 43.0567; 0.9872Coordinates: 43°03′24″N 0°59′14″E / 43.0567°N 0.9872°E / 43.0567; 0.9872
Country France
Region Occitanie
Department Ariège
Arrondissement Saint-Girons
Canton Portes du Couserans
Intercommunality Bas-Couserans
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Michèle Colin
Area1 6.6 km2 (2.5 sq mi)
Population (2010)2 204
 • Density 31/km2 (80/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 09041 /09160
Elevation 295–464 m (968–1,522 ft)
(avg. 370 m or 1,210 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.

La Bastide-du-Salat is a commune in the Ariège department in the Occitanie region of south-western France.[1]

The inhabitants of the commune are known as Salatois or Salatoises.[2]


La Bastide-du-Salat is located some 22 km east by south-east of Saint-Gaudens and 12 km north-west of Saint-Girons. The northern and western borders of the commune are also the departmental border with Haute-Garonne. Access to the commune is by the D134 road from Lacave in the south. The D134A continues north from the village becoming the D83H at the departmental border and on to Touille. The D60F goes west from the village across the Salat to Castagnède. The western third of the commune is farmland while the rest is heavily forested.[3][4]

The Salat river forms the entire western border of the commune as it flows north to join the Garonne at Roquefort-sur-Garonne. The Ruisseau de la Monge rises in the far east of the commune and flows north-east to join the Lavin west of Betchat.[3][4]


Founded in 1250 by Raymon-Athon, Lord of Prat, for two centuries it was called Bastida Raimondi-Athonis de Aspello.

La Bastide-du-Salat appears as la Baftide du Salat on the 1750 Cassini Map[5] and la Basudo on the 1790 version.[6]


List of Successive Mayors[7]

From To Name Party Position
2001 2014 Bernard Soum
2014 2020 Michèle Colin

(Not all data is known)


In 2010 the commune had 204 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
412 437 477 459 511 531 561 535 506
1856 1861 1866 1872 1876 1881 1886 1891 1896
443 407 383 407 404 353 362 369 358
1901 1906 1911 1921 1926 1931 1936 1946 1954
335 343 330 294 265 241 244 209 211
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006 2010 -
220 218 180 160 147 171 184 204 -

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

Population of La Bastide-du-Salat

Culture and heritage[edit]

Religious heritage[edit]

The Parish Church of Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption contains several items that are registered as historical objects:

Notable people linked to the commune[edit]

  • André Cantenys, French filmmaker, born in La Bastide-du-Salat in 1920.

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 18 November 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.