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Alès
Subprefecture and commune
Alès Cathedral
Alès Cathedral
Coat of arms of Alès
Coat of arms
Country France
Region Occitanie
Department Gard
Arrondissement Alès
Canton Alès-1
Alès-2
Alès-3
Intercommunality Alès Agglomération
Area1 23.16 km2 (8.94 sq mi)
Population (2014) 39,993
 • Density 1,726.8/km2 (4,472.4/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Alésiens
Time zone CET (UTC+01:00)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+02:00)
INSEE/Postal code 30007 /30100
Elevation 116–356 m (381–1,168 ft)
(avg. 150 m or 490 ft)
Website Mairie de Alès
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Alès (Occitan: Alès) is a commune in south central France in the region of Occitanie. It is a subprefecture of the Gard department. It is also the capital of the arrondissement of the same name.

It was formerly known as Alais.

History

Since the creation of the Gard department on 4 March 1790, Alès has been a subprefecture of the department.

Geography

Alès is at 40 kilometres (25 miles) north-northwest of Nîmes, in a curve (meander) of the Le Gardon d'Alès river, which half surrounds it. It is at the foot of the Cévennes, near the Cévennes National Park.

Alès has an area of 232 km2 (90 sq mi), and its average altitude is 236 m (774 ft); at the city hall, the altitude is 140 m (460 ft).

The commune of Alès is surrounded by the communes Saint-Jean-du-Pin, Saint-Martin-de-Valgalgues, Saint-Privat-des-Vieux, Cendras, Saint-Christol-lès-Alès and Saint-Hilaire-de-Brethmas.

Alès and its neighboring communes
Map of the commune of Alès

Climate

The climate of Alès, in the Köppen climate classification, is Csb - Mediterranean climate with warm summers.

Population

The inhabitants of Alès are known, in French, as Alésiens (women: Alésiennes).

With a population of 39,993, Alès has a population density of 1,727 inhabitants/km2.

Evolution of the population in Alès

Alès forms, with other 21 communes, the urban area of Alès with a population of 94,622 inhabitants (2013) and an area of 306.6 km2 (118.4 sq mi). This urban area is the centre of the metropolitan area of Alès, formed by 52 communes with a population of 114,137 inhabitants and an area of 653.9 km2 (252.5 sq mi).

Administration

Alès is a subprefecture of the Gard department, the capital of the arrondissement of Le Vigan and the administrative centre (French: chef-lieu) of the cantons

  • Alès-1, with 32,289 inhabitants (2014).
  • Alès-2, with 29,141 inhabitants (2014).
  • Alès-3, with 26,871 inhabitants (2014).

It is part of the intercommunality Alès Agglomération.

Sister cities

Alès is twinned with:

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