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Aerial view of Nantua and the lake of Nantua
Aerial view of Nantua and the lake of Nantua
Coat of arms of Nantua
Coat of arms
Country France
Region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Department Ain
Arrondissement Nantua
Canton Nantua
Intercommunality Communauté de communes du Haut Bugey
Area1 12.79 km2 (4.94 sq mi)
Population (2014) 3,534
 • Density 276.31/km2 (715.6/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Nantuatiens
Time zone CET (UTC+01:00)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+02:00)
INSEE/Postal code 01269 /01130
Elevation 427–1,125 m (1,401–3,691 ft)
(avg. 776 m or 2,546 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Nantua 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 Nantua.


The commune of Nantua has an area of 12.8 km2 (4.9 sq mi). Its average altitude is 776 m (2,546 ft); at the city hall, the altitude is 478 m (1,568 ft).

The distances from Nantua to other cities are:

Nantua and its neighboring communes
Map of the commune de Nantua


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


The inhabitants of Nantua are known, in French, as Nantuatiens (women: Nantuatiennes).

Nantua has a population, in 2014, of 3,534 and its population density is of 276.3 inhabitants/km2.

Evolution of the population in Nantua


Nantua is a subprefecture of the Ain department and the capital of the arrondissement of Nantua in the same department. It is also the capital of the canton of Nantua, formed by 18 communes (21,477 inhabitants) (2014)

It is part of the intercommunality Haut Bugey.

Twinned and partner towns

Nantua is twinned with:

  • Italy Brembilla, Italy, since 2011.


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