Arthenac (French pronunciation: ​[aʁtənak]) is a commune in the Charente-Maritime department in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region of south-western France.

Arthenac
A general view of Arthenac
A general view of Arthenac
Location of Arthenac
Arthenac is located in France
Arthenac
Arthenac
Arthenac is located in Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Arthenac
Arthenac
Coordinates: 45°30′57″N 0°18′48″W / 45.5158°N 0.3133°W / 45.5158; -0.3133Coordinates: 45°30′57″N 0°18′48″W / 45.5158°N 0.3133°W / 45.5158; -0.3133
CountryFrance
RegionNouvelle-Aquitaine
DepartmentCharente-Maritime
ArrondissementJonzac
CantonJonzac
IntercommunalityCC Haute Saintonge
Government
 • Mayor (2020–2026) Bruno Chainier[1]
Area
1
12.66 km2 (4.89 sq mi)
Population
 (Jan. 2018)[2]
347
 • Density27/km2 (71/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
17020 /17520
Elevation43–111 m (141–364 ft)
(avg. 72 m or 236 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

The inhabitants of the commune are known as Arthenacais or Arthenacaises[3]

The commune has been awarded three flowers by the National Council of Towns and Villages in Bloom in the Competition of cities and villages in Bloom.[4]

GeographyEdit

Arthenac is located in the south of Charente-Maritime in the former province of Saintonge some 24 km south-east of Pons, 16 km north-east of Jonzac, and immediately south-west of Archiac. Access to the commune is by the D699 road from Archiac in the north-west passing through the village and continuing south-west to Réaux. There is also the D251 road from Sainte-Lheurine in the north-west passing through south of the village to Saint-Eugène in the south-east. The D149 comes from the D700 in the north passing through the village then south to Allas-Champagne. The commune is mostly farmland with two large forests south of the village.[5]

Neighbouring communes and villagesEdit

HistoryEdit

Under the Ancien Régime Arthenac was independent but was merged with Archiac in 1789. The commune regained its independent status on 13 October 1831.

AdministrationEdit

 
The Town Hall

List of Successive Mayors[6]

From To Name Party
2001 2020 Chantal Guimberteau DVD
2020 2026 Bruno Chainier

DemographyEdit

In 2017 the commune had 345 inhabitants.

Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
1831 779—    
1836 742−0.97%
1841 759+0.45%
1846 731−0.75%
1851 726−0.14%
1856 711−0.42%
1861 688−0.66%
1866 633−1.65%
1872 618−0.40%
1876 645+1.07%
1881 568−2.51%
1886 509−2.17%
1891 500−0.36%
1896 454−1.91%
1901 503+2.07%
1906 537+1.32%
YearPop.±% p.a.
1911 515−0.83%
1921 462−1.08%
1926 459−0.13%
1931 465+0.26%
1936 446−0.83%
1946 410−0.84%
1954 418+0.24%
1962 407−0.33%
1968 398−0.37%
1975 351−1.78%
1982 305−1.99%
1990 331+1.03%
1999 312−0.65%
2007 323+0.43%
2012 337+0.85%
2017 345+0.47%
Source: EHESS[7] and INSEE[8]
 
Arthenac War Memorial

Distribution of Age GroupsEdit

 
The entry to Arthenac

The population of the town is younger than the departmental average.

Percentage Distribution of Age Groups in Arthenac and Charente-Maritime Department in 2017

Arthenac Charente-Maritime
Age Range Men Women Men Women
0 to 14 Years 20.5 19.6 16.3 14.3
15 to 29 Years 14.5 10.1 15.4 13.1
30 to 44 Years 21.7 19.0 16.7 16.1
45 to 59 Years 19.9 18.4 20.2 19.9
60 to 74 Years 14.5 19.0 21.1 22.0
75 to 89 Years 9.0 11.7 9.4 12.3
90 Years+ 0.0 2.2 1.0 2.4

Source: INSEE[9][10]

Sites and monumentsEdit

 
The Church of Saint Martin
 
A street in Arthenac
 
Domaine de Pimbert
  • The Church of Saint Martin (12th century)  at Arthenac has had its central window restored. It is registered as a historical monument.[11]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Répertoire national des élus: les maires". data.gouv.fr, Plateforme ouverte des données publiques françaises (in French). 2 December 2020.
  2. ^ "Populations légales 2018". The National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies. 28 December 2020.
  3. ^ Inhabitants of Charente-Maritime (in French)
  4. ^ Arthenac in the Competition for Towns and Villages in Bloom Archived December 10, 2014, at the Wayback Machine (in French)
  5. ^ Google Maps
  6. ^ List of Mayors of France (in French)
  7. ^ Des villages de Cassini aux communes d'aujourd'hui: Commune data sheet Arthenac, EHESS. (in French)
  8. ^ Population en historique depuis 1968, INSEE
  9. ^ Évolution et structure de la population en 2017: Commune d'Arthenac (17020)
  10. ^ Évolution et structure de la population en 2017: Département de la Charente-Maritime (17)
  11. ^ Base Mérimée: Church of Saint Martin, Ministère français de la Culture. (in French)

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