Oyonnax

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Oyonnax
Vue générale Oyonnax.jpg
Coat of arms of Oyonnax
Coat of arms
Oyonnax is located in France
Oyonnax
Oyonnax
Coordinates: 46°15′22″N 5°39′20″E / 46.2561°N 5.6556°E / 46.2561; 5.6556Coordinates: 46°15′22″N 5°39′20″E / 46.2561°N 5.6556°E / 46.2561; 5.6556
Country France
Region Rhône-Alpes
Department Ain
Arrondissement Nantua
Intercommunality Oyonnax
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Michel Perraud (PR)
Area
 • Land1 35.99 km2 (13.90 sq mi)
Population (2008)
 • Population2 23,114
 • Population2 density 640/km2 (1,700/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 01283 / 01100
Elevation 440–1,082 m (1,444–3,550 ft)
(avg. 540 m or 1,770 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.

Oyonnax (French pronunciation: ​[ɔjɔna]) is the second most populated commune in the Ain department in the Rhône-Alpes region in eastern France. Its residents are known as Oyonnaxiens.

Oyonnax lies in a valley of the Jura Mountains in the far north of Ain. It is near the Parc naturel régional du Haut-Jura. The city is on the river Ange. Its prominence in the plastics industry has earned it the name Plastics Valley.

The town was awarded the Médaille de la Résistance on the 16th June 1947.[1]

Transport[edit]

The town is served by the A404 autoroute.

Oyonnax railway station is located on the railway line between Montréal-la-Cluse and Andelot-en-Montagne.

Tourism[edit]

The town has a cultural centre, including cinemas, concert halls, and a "Museum of the Comb and of the Plastics Industry". Tourist activities include hiking, canoeing and cross-country skiing among the forests, hills and lakes of the area.

Sport[edit]

The city has a rugby union team, Oyonnax Rugby, that was promoted to the Division 1 Top 14 in 2013. The team plays at the Stade Charles-Mathon.

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop.   ±%  
1793 1,099 —    
1800 1,178 +7.2%
1806 1,275 +8.2%
1821 1,207 −5.3%
1831 1,974 +63.5%
1836 2,279 +15.5%
1841 2,593 +13.8%
1846 2,608 +0.6%
1851 3,245 +24.4%
1856 3,342 +3.0%
1861 3,501 +4.8%
1866 3,547 +1.3%
1872 3,272 −7.8%
1876 3,530 +7.9%
1881 3,847 +9.0%
1886 4,231 +10.0%
1891 4,461 +5.4%
1896 4,652 +4.3%
1901 6,140 +32.0%
1906 7,851 +27.9%
1911 9,557 +21.7%
1921 10,083 +5.5%
1926 11,617 +15.2%
1931 11,336 −2.4%
1936 10,166 −10.3%
1946 10,156 −0.1%
1954 11,773 +15.9%
1962 14,830 +26.0%
1968 19,777 +33.4%
1975 23,007 +16.3%
1982 22,739 −1.2%
1990 23,869 +5.0%
1999 24,162 +1.2%
2008 23,114 −4.3%

Twin towns — Sister cities[edit]

Oyonnax is twinned with Eislingen/Fils, Germany since 2001.

Notable people[edit]

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