View of Cran-Gevrier, coming from Annecy
|Arrondissement||Arrondissement of Annecy|
|Canton||Canton of Seynod|
|Intercommunality||Communauté de l'agglomération d'Annecy|
|• Mayor (2008–2014)||Jean Boutry (PS)|
|• Land1||4.8 km2 (1.9 sq mi)|
|• Population2 density||3,500/km2 (9,100/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||74093 / 74960|
|Elevation||396–528 m (1,299–1,732 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.
Cran-Gevrier is in the east of Annecy. Part of the town is on a hill (hill of Gevrier). The hamlet of Cran was on the level of the Thiou river. The top of the hill of Gevrier is designated as a natural area.
The Fier forms most of the commune's north-western border.
The city draws its origins from two hamlets: Cran and Gevrier. There are two possible origins for each one of these names:
- Cran which means "notch" (permitted the establishment of a road between Boutae (Annecy) and Aquae (Aix-les-Bains), or between two rivers (river Thiou and river Fier).
- Gevrier, the oldest hamlet, got its name either from the Grabriaccus villa, or from the word "guivre", the name of a mythical snake whose role in tales is to keep treasures (one finds a snake rolled up around a sword on the blazon of the lords of Aléry).
The Romans were the first to settle on the hill. A Roman villa and a theatre were built there.
- Piossasco, Italy
- Trenčín, Slovakia
- Bathgate, Scotland   The twinning agreement between Bathgate and Cran-Gevrier was signed in March 2010. Since then, many different projects have been started up, including International Camps for young people (including young Italians from Piossasco) as well as school-to-school projects.
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