Belley is a commune. It is found in the Rhône-Alpes region in the Ain department in the east of France. In 2010, 8,755 people lived in the commune. The inhabitants are the Belleysans. The local economy is mostly based around commerce. Cheese production is also important. The commune produces a cheese called the Tomme de Belley. The most important monuments in the commune are the Saint-Jean-Baptiste cathedral and the Palais Episcopal de Belley, both listed as monuments historiques. Famous people from Belley include Saint-Anthelme de Belley, a saint from the 12th century, Charles Millon, a politician and Maxime Bouet, a French cyclist.