|— Department —|
|• President of the General Council||Rachel Mazuir (PS)|
|• Total||5,762 km2 (2,225 sq mi)|
|• Density||99.684/km2 (258.179/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|^1 French Land Register data, which exclude estuaries, and lakes, ponds, and glaciers larger than 1 km2|
The departments of Ain and Léman were created during the French Revolution. At first, the Ain had 9 districts, 49 cantons and 501 communes. The Revolution did not claim many victims in the department, but it destroyed many churches and momuments. There were no more districts during the first French Consulate (1802). The department of Léman became part of Ain.
In 1990, there were 471,019 inhabitants, in 1999 515,207 and 565,000 in 2006 (INSEE estimates). The increase shows the growing attractiveness of the department.
The average population density is 97 inhabitants/km² (France: 110).
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