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Prefecture building of the Ain department
Prefecture building of the Ain department
Flag of Bourg-en-Bresse
Coat of arms of Bourg-en-Bresse
Coat of arms
Bourg-en-Bresse is located in France
Location in France
Bourg-en-Bresse is located in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Location in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Country France
Region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Department Ain
Arrondissement Bourg-en-Bresse
Canton Bourg-en-Bresse-1 and 2
Intercommunality Bourg-en-Bresse
23.86 km2 (9.21 sq mi)
 • Density 1,717.0/km2 (4,446.9/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
01053 /01000
Elevation 220–273 m (722–896 ft)
(avg. 240 m or 790 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Bourg-en-Bresse is a commune in the Ain department, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in east 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 23.9 km2 (9.2 sq mi). Its average altitude is 247 m (810 ft); at the city hall, the altitude is 230 m (750 ft).

The distances from Bourg-en-Bresse to other cities are:

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

The commune of Bourg-en-Bresse is surrounded by the communes Viriat, Jasseron, Saint-Just, Montagnat, Péronnas and Saint-Denis-lès-Bourg.


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


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

Bourg-en-Bresse has a population, in 2014, of 40,967 and its population density is of 1,717.0 inhabitants/km2.

Evolution of the population in Bourg-en-Bresse

Bourg-en-Bresse forms, with other 4 communes, the urban area of Bourg-en-Bresse with a population of 59,816 inhabitants (2014) and an area of 102.4 km2 (39.5 sq mi). This urban area is the centre of the metropolitan area of Bourg-en-Bresse, formed by 69 communes, with a population of 125,863 inhabitants (2014) and an area of 1,117.1 km2 (431.3 sq mi).


Bourg-en-Bresse is the prefecture of the Ain department since 1800. It is also the capital of the arrondissement of Bourg-en-Bresse and the administrative centre (French: chef-lieu) of two cantons:

  • Bourg-en-Bresse-1 formed by one commune and part of Bourg-en-Bresse, with 31,801 inhabitants (2014).
  • Bourg-en-Bresse-2 formed by 3 communes and part of Bourg-en-Bresse, with 28,101 inhabitants (2014).

It is part of the intercommunality Bassin de Bourg-en-Bresse (French: Communauté d'agglomération du Bassin de Bourg-en-Bresse).

Twinned and partner towns

Bourg-en-Bresse is twinned with:

Additionally, it has established partnerships withː


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