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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:

Arrondissements of the Ain
Arrondissement Capital Population
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


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

  • 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.

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