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Bourg en Bresse (Hôtel de Ville).jpg
Town hall in Bourg-en-Bresse
Coat of arms of Bourg-en-Bresse
Coat of arms
Country France
Region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Department Ain
Arrondissement Bourg-en-Bresse
Canton Bourg-en-Bresse-1 and Bourg-en-Bresse-2
Intercommunality Communauté d'agglomération de Bourg-en-Bresse
Mayor Jean-François Debat
(2014 - 2020)
Elevation 220–273 m (722–896 ft)
(avg. 247 m or 810 ft*)
Land area1 23.86 km2 (9.21 sq mi)
Population2 40,490  (2013)
 - Density 1,697/km2 (4,400/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 01053/ 01000
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.

Coordinates: 46°12′20″N 5°13′44″E / 46.2056°N 5.2289°E / 46.2056; 5.2289

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


Bourg-en-Bresse is located at the western base of the Jura Mountains, on the left bank of the Reyssouze river, a tributary of the Saône.

The commune has an area of 23.86 km2 (9.21 sq mi) and its average altitude is 247 m (810 ft); at the city hall, the altitude is 230 m (750 ft).

Bourg-en-Bresse and its neighboring communes
Map of the commune de Bourg-en-Bresse


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


The inhabitants of Bourg-en-Bress are known, in French, as Burgiens (women: Burgiennes').

Bourg-en-Bress has a population, in 2013, of 40,490 and its population density is of 1,697.0 inhabitants/km2.

Twinned and partner towns

Bourg-en-Bresse is twinned with:

Additionally, it has established partnerships withː

  • Italy Parma, Italy, since 1990
  • Belgium Namur, Belgium, since 1996
  • United Kingdom Aylesbury, United Kingdom, since 2000
  • Tunisia El Kef, Tunisia, since 2000
  • Italy San Severo, Italy, since 2004
  • Poland Brzeg, Poland, since 2006


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