Saint-Nazaire-le-Désert

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Saint-Nazaire-le-Désert
Commune
A view of Saint-Nazaire-le-Désert
A view of Saint-Nazaire-le-Désert
Saint-Nazaire-le-Désert is located in France
Saint-Nazaire-le-Désert
Saint-Nazaire-le-Désert
Coordinates: 44°34′15″N 5°16′36″E / 44.5708°N 5.2767°E / 44.5708; 5.2767Coordinates: 44°34′15″N 5°16′36″E / 44.5708°N 5.2767°E / 44.5708; 5.2767
Country France
Region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Department Drôme
Arrondissement Die
Canton La Motte-Chalancon
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Daniel Fernandez
Area1 46.62 km2 (18.00 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 138
 • Density 3.0/km2 (7.7/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 26274 /26340
Elevation 527–1,447 m (1,729–4,747 ft)
(avg. 591 m or 1,939 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.

Saint-Nazaire-le-Désert is a commune in the Drôme department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in southeastern France.

History[edit]

Archaeology suggests that people have settled in the area for over six thousand years. Fragments of Iron Age vases for roasting wheat have been found in the area. There is also a ruined castle, sacred architecture and a sixteenth-century church on water.

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1806 1,169 —    
1911 580 −50.4%
1962 197 −66.0%
1968 257 +30.5%
1975 205 −20.2%
1982 197 −3.9%
1990 168 −14.7%
1999 183 +8.9%
2008 138 −24.6%

Economy[edit]

The French goat's cheese Picodon is made in and around the area of Saint-Nazaire-le-Désert. Lavender is grown locally and products containing lavender are popular.

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