Saint-Blaise (Haute-Savoie)

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Saint Blaise
Saint-Blaise (France)
Saint Blaise
region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Department Haute-Savoie
Arrondissement Saint-Julien-en-Genevois
Canton La Roche-sur-Foron
Community association Pays de Cruseilles
Coordinates 46 ° 4 '  N , 6 ° 5'  E Coordinates: 46 ° 4 '  N , 6 ° 5'  E
height 760-1,188 m
surface 2.55 km 2
Residents 350 (January 1, 2017)
Population density 137 inhabitants / km 2
Post Code 74350
INSEE code

Saint-Blaise is a French commune in the department of Haute-Savoie in the region of Auvergne Rhône-Alpes .


Saint-Blaise is located at 864  m , about 18 kilometers north of the city of Annecy (as the crow flies). The village extends in a promising location on a promontory on the western slope of the Salève , near the Col du Mont Sion, high above the Usses valley , in the Genevois .

The area of ​​the 2.55 km² municipal area includes a section of the Genevois. The area extends south from the Col du Mont Sion to the plateau of Saint-Blaise and the wooded ridge of the Salève, some of which are criss-crossed with rock bands. Here, at 1188  m, the highest point in Saint-Blaise is reached. The municipal area is mainly drained through the Ruisseau de la Férande to the Usses.

The hamlet of Lachenaz ( 1000  m ) on the western slope of the Salève and a few individual farms belong to Saint-Blaise . The neighboring municipalities of Saint-Blaise are Présilly in the north, Cruseilles in the east, Copponex in the south and Andilly in the west.


The village was first mentioned in the 10th century. In 1860, Saint-Blaise was assigned to the newly created canton of Cruseilles , before it belonged to the canton of Saint-Julien-en-Genevois .


The village church of Saint-Blaise in its present form dates from the 19th century.


Population development
year Residents
1962 142
1968 118
1975 120
1982 107
1990 132
1999 198
2004 224

With 350 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2017), Saint-Blaise is one of the small communities in the Haute-Savoie department. In the course of the 19th and 20th centuries, the number of inhabitants decreased continuously due to strong emigration (in 1861 there were still 203 inhabitants in Saint-Blaise). Since the mid-1980s, however, there has been a significant increase in population thanks to the attractive residential area.

Economy and Infrastructure

Saint-Blaise is still a predominantly agricultural village today . There are also some local small businesses. A large number of workers are commuters who work in the larger towns in the area as well as in the Annecy and Geneva-Annemasse area.

The village is located away from the major thoroughfares, but is still well developed in terms of traffic. The main access is from the N201 road at Col du Mont Sion. Further road connections exist with Cruseilles and Mont Salève. The closest connection to the A40 and A41 motorways is around 10 km away.

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