Arrondissements of the Ain department

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There are 4 arrondissements in the Ain department. The French departments, and in other countries, are divided into arrondissements, which may be translated into English as districts (in some cases, as boroughs). The capital of an arrondissement is called a subprefecture.

If the prefecture (capital) of the department is in an arrondissement, that prefecture is the capital of the arrondissement, acting both as a prefecture and as a subprefecture.

Arrondissements are further divided into communes.

The 4 arrondissements of Ain are:[1]

Arrondissements of the Ain
INSEE
code
Arrondissement Capital Population[2]
(2014)
Area[3]
(km²)
Density
(Inh./km²)
Communes
011 Belley Belley 98,110 1,307.2 70.4 115
012 Bourg-en-Bresse Bourg-en-Bresse 354,177 3,104.8 114.1 201
013 Gex Gex 89,200 426.2 209.3 27
014 Nantua Nantua 84,640 837.0 101.1 65

History[change | change source]

Since its creation, the Ain department has had some changes:[4]

  • 1790 : creation of the Ain department with nine districts: Pont-de-Vaux, Bourg, Nantua, Gex, Belley, Saint-Rambert, Montluel, Trévoux and Châtillon-les-Dombes.
  • 1800 : creation of the arrondissements: Bourg, Belley, Nantua and Trévoux.
  • 1815 : creation of the arrondissement Gex.
  • 1926 : the arrondissements of Gex and Trévoux were eliminated.
  • 1965 : Gex is again an arrondissement of the department.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Département de l'Ain (01)" (in French). Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques - INSEE. Retrieved 16 September 2017.
  2. "Régions, départements, arrondissements, cantons et communes" (PDF). Populations légales 2014 (in French). Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques - INSEE. Retrieved 16 September 2017.
  3. "Département de l'Ain (01) et Arrondissements". Comparateur de territoire (in French). Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques - INSEE. Retrieved 16 September 2017.
  4. "Historique de l'Ain". Le SPLAF (in French). Retrieved 12 May 2016.