Saint-Pourçain-sur-Sioule

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Saint-Pourçain-sur-Sioule
Commune
The belfry of the church and the clock tower
The belfry of the church and the clock tower
Coat of arms of Saint-Pourçain-sur-Sioule
Coat of arms
Saint-Pourçain-sur-Sioule is located in France
Saint-Pourçain-sur-Sioule
Saint-Pourçain-sur-Sioule
Location within Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region
Saint-Pourçain-sur-Sioule is located in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Saint-Pourçain-sur-Sioule
Saint-Pourçain-sur-Sioule
Coordinates: 46°18′30″N 3°17′24″E / 46.3083°N 3.29°E / 46.3083; 3.29Coordinates: 46°18′30″N 3°17′24″E / 46.3083°N 3.29°E / 46.3083; 3.29
Country France
Region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Department Allier
Arrondissement Moulins
Canton Saint-Pourçain-sur-Sioule
Intercommunality Pays Saint-Pourcinois
Government
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Bernard Coulon[1]
Area1 35.67 km2 (13.77 sq mi)
Population (2013)2 4,971
 • Density 140/km2 (360/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code 03254 /03500
Elevation 226–306 m (741–1,004 ft)
(avg. 237 m or 778 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-Pourçain-sur-Sioule (Auvergnat: Sant Porçanh de Siula) is a commune in the Allier department in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes in central France.

Geography[edit]

The commune is located 28 km (17 mi) north of Vichy and 32 km (20 mi) south of Moulins on the former Route nationale 9 (departmental road 2009).

The river Bouble forms part of the commune's southern border, then flows into the Sioule, which flows north-northeast through the commune and crosses the town.

Population[edit]

Historical population
YearPop.±%
17933,458—    
18003,395−1.8%
18063,559+4.8%
18213,975+11.7%
18314,376+10.1%
18364,731+8.1%
18414,636−2.0%
18464,961+7.0%
18514,938−0.5%
18564,873−1.3%
18615,006+2.7%
18665,001−0.1%
18724,997−0.1%
18764,998+0.0%
18815,025+0.5%
18865,106+1.6%
18914,998−2.1%
18965,001+0.1%
19014,943−1.2%
19065,101+3.2%
19114,921−3.5%
19214,579−6.9%
19264,810+5.0%
19314,598−4.4%
19364,560−0.8%
19464,430−2.9%
19544,414−0.4%
19624,799+8.7%
19685,088+6.0%
19755,345+5.1%
19825,199−2.7%
19905,159−0.8%
19995,263+2.0%
20085,065−3.8%
20134,971−1.9%
Source: INSEE (1968–2013)[2]

Wine[edit]

Saint-Pourçain wine is made in an area around the commune.

Natural and technological risks[edit]

The city is exposed to some natural risks :

  • Flood risk due to the fact that the Sioule goes through the city. The last significant flood has been recorded in year 1982.
  • Earthquake hazard : low risk zone.

as well as two industrial risks :

  • Transport of hazardous substances: County roads 2009 and 46 (East) record significant traffic, including trucks. Besides, two gas pipelines go across the city.
  • Dam failure : It concerns the dam "des Fades", which can cause a flood, the wave being felt 4 hours after the failure.

The entire county is exposed to storm risk. 150 km/h winds have been recorded just before the year 2000.

Two prevention plans of natural risks have been prescribed on the basins of the "Sioule" and of the "Allier", and have both been approved respectively in year 1999 and 2008.

Personalities[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Liste nominative des communes de l'Allier" [Nominative list of communes of Allier] (PDF) (in French). Association of Mayors and Presidents of Communities of Allier. 4 April 2016. Retrieved 17 April 2016.
  2. ^ 1968–1999, 2008 and 2013, INSEE (in French).

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