Bellegarde-sur-Valserine

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Bellegarde-sur-Valserine
Bellegarde-sur-Valserine panorama.jpg
Coat of arms of Bellegarde-sur-Valserine
Coat of arms
Bellegarde-sur-Valserine is located in France
Bellegarde-sur-Valserine
Bellegarde-sur-Valserine
Coordinates: 46°06′30″N 5°49′36″E / 46.1083°N 5.8267°E / 46.1083; 5.8267Coordinates: 46°06′30″N 5°49′36″E / 46.1083°N 5.8267°E / 46.1083; 5.8267
Country France
Region Rhône-Alpes
Department Ain
Arrondissement Nantua
Canton Bellegarde-sur-Valserine
Intercommunality Bassin Bellegardien
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Régis Petit
Area
 • Land1 15 km2 (6 sq mi)
Population (2008)
 • Population2 11,404
 • Population2 density 760/km2 (2,000/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 01033 / 01200
Elevation 330–1,542 m (1,083–5,059 ft)
(avg. 485 m or 1,591 ft)

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.

Bellegarde-sur-Valserine is a commune in the Ain department in eastern France.

Geography[edit]

The Valserine in winter

Bellegarde is located at the confluence of the Valserine and the Rhone.

At this spot, the water of the two rivers runs underground, and it was possible to cross both of them easily. Since the building of the Génissiat dam at Injoux-Génissiat, the level of the Rhône was raised several meters but the pertes de la Valserine are still visible.

Bellegarde lies in a valley dominated by the plateau of Retord on the west and the massif of the Grand Crêt d'Eau and the Vuache on the east. The passage created by the Rhône is the principal access to the area around Gex and the north of Lake Geneva.

Traffic[edit]

Bellegarde is the transfer station to the Swiss Jura foot railway line.

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop.   ±%  
1793 162 —    
1800 148 −8.6%
1806 172 +16.2%
1821 211 +22.7%
1831 360 +70.6%
1836 390 +8.3%
1841 443 +13.6%
1846 445 +0.5%
1851 461 +3.6%
1856 574 +24.5%
1861 643 +12.0%
1866 624 −3.0%
1872 829 +32.9%
1876 1,054 +27.1%
1881 1,463 +38.8%
1886 1,725 +17.9%
1891 2,222 +28.8%
1896 2,494 +12.2%
1901 3,183 +27.6%
1906 3,276 +2.9%
1911 3,953 +20.7%
1921 4,135 +4.6%
1926 4,664 +12.8%
1931 5,293 +13.5%
1936 5,071 −4.2%
1946 5,407 +6.6%
1954 5,743 +6.2%
1962 6,588 +14.7%
1968 9,249 +40.4%
1975 11,593 +25.3%
1982 11,097 −4.3%
1990 11,153 +0.5%
1999 10,878 −2.5%
2008 11,404 +4.8%


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