Crozet, Ain

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Town hall
Town hall
Coat of arms of Crozet
Coat of arms
Crozet is located in France
Coordinates: 46°16′50″N 6°00′45″E / 46.2806°N 6.0125°E / 46.2806; 6.0125Coordinates: 46°16′50″N 6°00′45″E / 46.2806°N 6.0125°E / 46.2806; 6.0125
Country France
Region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Department Ain
Arrondissement Gex
Canton Gex
Intercommunality Pays de Gex
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Henri Piney
Area1 27.47 km2 (10.61 sq mi)
Population (2012)2 1,964
 • Density 71/km2 (190/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 01135 / 01170
Elevation 463–1,680 m (1,519–5,512 ft)
(avg. 541 m or 1,775 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.

Crozet is a commune in the Ain department in eastern France.

Crozet is nestled at the foot of the Jura mountains in eastern France some 15 kilometres (9 mi) from the centre of the Swiss city of Geneva and approximately 150 kilometres (93 mi) from the French city of Lyon. It is also near Geneva International Airport, at a distance of some 10 kilometres (6 mi).

Its chief attraction is a cable car which carries hikers to the top of the Jura during the summer and serves a small ski resort during the winter. It has several sporting clubs: the St-Genis-Ferney-Crozet sporting association (soccer), a tennis club, and a ski club. Other places of interest include the remains of the château de Rossillon, a church (reconstructed around 1830), the Crozet forest, and the Monts-Jura ski area, which runs between Crozet and the town of Lélex in the adjacent valley.

Religious history[edit]

Saint Peter Chanel, later to die as a missionary in the Pacific and be declared a martyr and eventually canonised, was parish priest of Crozet between 1827 and 1830, and Church histories credit him with having at a short time revitalized this then run down parish.


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 410 —    
1968 440 +7.3%
1975 711 +61.6%
1982 961 +35.2%
1990 1,164 +21.1%
1999 1,349 +15.9%
2008 1,766 +30.9%
2010 1,862 +5.4%
2012 1,964 +5.5%

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