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Place des Terreaux, Belley
Place des Terreaux, Belley
Coat of arms of Belley
Coat of arms
Belley is located in France
Location within Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region
Belley is located in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Coordinates: 45°46′00″N 5°41′00″E / 45.7667°N 5.6833°E / 45.7667; 5.6833Coordinates: 45°46′00″N 5°41′00″E / 45.7667°N 5.6833°E / 45.7667; 5.6833
IntercommunalityCommunauté de communes Bugey Sud
 • Mayor (2015 - 2020) Pierre Berthet
22.42 km2 (8.66 sq mi)
 • Density400/km2 (1,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
01034 /01300
Elevation220–392 m (722–1,286 ft)
(avg. 306 m or 1,004 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries. 2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Belley is a commune in the Ain department. It is found in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in the east of France and is the capital of the arrondissement of Belley.

History[change | change source]

It was the capital of Bugey (Pagus Bellicensis), a historical region in Ain between Lyon and Geneva.

Geography[change | change source]

Belley has an area of 22.4 km2 (9 sq mi).[1] Its average altitude is 306 m (1,004 ft); at the city hall, the altitude is 209 m (686 ft).[2]

The distances from Belley to other cities are:[3]

Belley and its neighboring communes
Map of the commune de Belley

Climate[change | change source]

The climate of Belley, in the Köppen climate classification, is Cfb - Oceanic climate with template summers.[3]

Population[change | change source]

The inhabitants of Belley are known, in French, as Belleysans (women: Belleysannes).[4]

Belley has a population, in 2014, of 8,983,[5] and its population density is of 400.7 inhabitants/km2.

Evolution of the population in Belley

Administration[change | change source]

Belley is a subprefecture of the Ain department and the capital of the arrondissement of Belley in the same department. It is also the capital of the canton of Belley, formed by 34 communes (24,216 inhabitants) (2014)

It is part of the intercommunality Bugey Sud.

Economy[change | change source]

The local economy is mostly based around commerce. Cheese production is also important. The commune produces a cheese called the Tomme de Belley.

Sites of interest[change | change source]

The most important monuments in the commune are the Saint-Jean-Baptiste cathedral and the Palais Episcopal of Belley, both listed as monuments historiques.

Gallery[change | change source]

Related pages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Commune de Belley (01034)". Comparateur de territoire (in French). Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques - INSEE. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  2. "Belley". Retrieved 14 May 2016.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "La ville de Belley" (in French). Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  4. "Habitants du départment Ain" (in French). Retrieved 14 May 2016.
  5. "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.