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Sainte-Soulle is located in France
Coordinates: 46°11′13″N 1°00′38″W / 46.187°N 1.0106°W / 46.187; -1.0106Coordinates: 46°11′13″N 1°00′38″W / 46.187°N 1.0106°W / 46.187; -1.0106
Country France
Region Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Department Charente-Maritime
Arrondissement La Rochelle
Canton La Jarrie
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Christian Grimpret
Area1 21.82 km2 (8.42 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 3,471
 • Density 160/km2 (410/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 17407 /17220
Elevation 3–42 m (9.8–137.8 ft)
(avg. 32 m or 105 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.

Sainte-Soulle is a commune in the Charente-Maritime department in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region in southwestern France.


The commune is situated about 12 km (7.5 mi) east of La Rochelle and forms a part of the metropolitan area of La Rochelle.

It is traversed by the N11 (La Rochelle - Paris), which can be accessed at the Usseau roundabout. At the Usseau roundabout, the route connecting La Rochelle with Nantes (N137) branches off the N11. The future highway A831 (Fontenay-le-ComteRochefort) will pass through the commune.

Apart from the village Sainte-Soulle, the commune consists of the localities Les Grandes-Rivières, Les Petites-Rivières, Saint-Coux, part of Fontpatour, le Treuil-Arnaudeau, Usseau, La Gabardelière, Chavagne and Le Raguenaud.

Formerly an agricultural commune, it became urbanized in the 1990s and many of its residents are now employed in nearby La Rochelle.


The name of the commune comes from the local saint Soline (see also the commune of Sainte-Soline in the Deux-Sèvres department).


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 1,356 —    
1968 1,386 +2.2%
1975 1,918 +38.4%
1982 2,221 +15.8%
1990 2,603 +17.2%
1999 2,653 +1.9%
2008 3,471 +30.8%

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