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Belley
Place des Terreaux, Belley
Place des Terreaux, Belley
Coat of arms of Belley
Coat of arms
Country France
Region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Department Ain
Arrondissement Belley
Canton Belley
Intercommunality Communauté de communes Bugey Sud
Area
1
22.42 km2 (8.66 sq mi)
Population
 (2014)
8,983
 • Density 400.67/km2 (1,037.73/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
01034 /01300
Elevation 220–392 m (722–1,286 ft)
(avg. 306 m or 1,004 ft)
Website www.belley.fr
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

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

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

Geography

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

The distances from Belley to other cities are:

Belley and its neighboring communes
Map of the commune de Belley

Climate

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

Population

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

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

Evolution of the population in Belley

Administration

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

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

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

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