Villars-les-Dombes

Villars-les-Dombes (French pronunciation: [vilaʁ le dɔ̃b] (listen), literally Villars near Dombes) is a commune in the Ain department in eastern France. Its people are known as Villardois.

Villars-les-Dombes
Commune
Town hall
Town hall
Coat of arms of Villars-les-Dombes
Location of Villars-les-Dombes
Villars-les-Dombes is located in France
Villars-les-Dombes
Villars-les-Dombes
Villars-les-Dombes is located in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Villars-les-Dombes
Villars-les-Dombes
Coordinates: 45°59′56″N 5°01′48″E / 45.9989°N 5.0299°E / 45.9989; 5.0299Coordinates: 45°59′56″N 5°01′48″E / 45.9989°N 5.0299°E / 45.9989; 5.0299
CountryFrance
RegionAuvergne-Rhône-Alpes
DepartmentAin
ArrondissementBourg-en-Bresse
CantonVillars-les-Dombes
IntercommunalityDombes
Government
 • Mayor (2020–2026) Pierre Larrieu
Area
1
24.63 km2 (9.51 sq mi)
Population
 (Jan. 2019)[1]
4,978
 • Density200/km2 (520/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
01443 /01330
Elevation263–295 m (863–968 ft)
(avg. 279 m or 915 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

GeographyEdit

The town is located within Ain, half-way between Lyon (33 km) and Bourg-en-Bresse (29 km), in the heart of the area known as the Dombes, notable for its hundreds of lakes which are waterfowl habitats and are suitable for breeding fish. Its ornithological park, Parc des Oiseaux, is the largest in France.

The Chalaronne river forms part of the commune's south-western border, flows northward through the western part of the commune, crosses the town, then forms part of its northern border.

HistoryEdit

The lordship of Villars (of which archival evidence dates from 940) became, by marriage, the lordship of Thoire-et-Vilars in 1188, and in about 1400 its caput was Trévoux (the estate was managed from there). In 1565, Villars was promoted to a marquisate dependent on the house of Savoie (Savoy), a benefice of the Honour of Savoy.

PopulationEdit

Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
1793 566—    
1800 381−5.50%
1806 528+5.59%
1821 513−0.19%
1831 588+1.37%
1836 654+2.15%
1841 789+3.82%
1846 1,036+5.60%
1851 1,153+2.16%
1856 1,094−1.05%
1861 1,111+0.31%
1866 1,304+3.26%
1872 1,473+2.05%
1876 1,612+2.28%
1881 1,535−0.97%
1886 1,607+0.92%
1891 1,482−1.61%
1896 1,426−0.77%
YearPop.±% p.a.
1901 1,482+0.77%
1906 1,524+0.56%
1911 1,616+1.18%
1921 1,429−1.22%
1926 1,370−0.84%
1931 1,388+0.26%
1936 1,397+0.13%
1946 1,358−0.28%
1954 1,334−0.22%
1962 1,583+2.16%
1968 1,842+2.56%
1975 2,344+3.50%
1982 2,796+2.55%
1990 3,415+2.53%
1999 4,190+2.30%
2007 4,317+0.37%
2012 4,430+0.52%
2017 4,795+1.60%
Source: EHESS[2] and INSEE (1968-2017)[3]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Populations légales 2019". The National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies. 29 December 2021.
  2. ^ Des villages de Cassini aux communes d'aujourd'hui: Commune data sheet Villars-les-Dombes, EHESS. (in French)
  3. ^ Population en historique depuis 1968, INSEE

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