Delémont District

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Delémont District
District de Delémont
Coat of arms of the District de Delémont
Coat of arms
Location of Delémont District
Country   Switzerland
Canton  Jura
Capital Delémont
 • Total 303.10 km2 (117.03 sq mi)
Population (2014)
 • Total 37,660
 • Density 120/km2 (320/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Municipalities 22
Gorges du Pichou

Delémont District (German: Delsberg) is one of the three districts of the canton of Jura, Switzerland. Its capital, and that of the canton, is the city of Delémont. The district is almost entirely French-speaking and has a population of 37,660 (as of 31 December 2014).[1]


Delémont is divided into a total of 22 municipalities:

Coat of Arms Municipality Population
(31 December 2014)[1]
Boecourt Blazono.png Boécourt 891 12.35
Bourrignon-Blazono.png Bourrignon 263 13.55
Chatillon-Blazono.png Châtillon 468 5.31
Corban-coat of arms.svg Corban 465 7.85
Courchapoix-Blazono.png Courchapoix 429 6.39
Courendlin-Blazono.png Courrendlin 2,742 11.08
Courroux-coat of arms.svg Courroux 3,149 19.74
Courtetelle-blason.jpg Courtételle 2,524 13.57
Delemont coat of arms.svg Delémont 12,485 21.99
Develier-coat of arms.svg Develier 1,413 12.47
Ederswiler-Blazono.png Ederswiler 115 3.31
Blazono Haute-Sorne.png Haute-Sorne 6,892 71.06
Mervelier-Blazono.png Mervelier 522 9.77
Mettembert-Blazono.png Mettembert 105 2.32
Movelier-Blazono.png Movelier 382 8.08
Pleigne-Blazono.png Pleigne 359 17.83
Rebeuvelier-Blazono.png Rebeuvelier 393 8.41
Rossemaison-Blazono.png Rossemaison 593 1.89
Saulcy Blazono.png Saulcy 262 7.86
Soyhieres-Blazono.png Soyhières 495 7.5
Val Terbi 2,638 38.86
Vellerat-armoiries.svg Vellerat 75 2.04
Total 37,660 303.23

Coat of arms[edit]

The blazon of the district coat of arms is Gules, a Crosier and Coupeaux of Six all Argent.[3]


Delémont has a population (as of December 2014) of 37,660.[1]

Most of the population (as of 2000) speaks French (30,393 or 88.1%) as their first language, German is the second most common (1,569 or 4.5%) and Italian is the third (832 or 2.4%). There are 15 people who speak Romansh.[4]

As of 2008, the population was 49.2% male and 50.8% female. The population was made up of 14,794 Swiss men (41.1% of the population) and 2,907 (8.1%) non-Swiss men. There were 15,754 Swiss women (43.8%) and 2,501 (7.0%) non-Swiss women.[5] Of the population in the district, 12,883 or about 37.4% were born in Delémont and lived there in 2000. There were 10,201 or 29.6% who were born in the same canton, while 5,008 or 14.5% were born somewhere else in Switzerland, and 5,458 or 15.8% were born outside of Switzerland.[4]

As of 2000, there were 13,982 people who were single and never married in the district. There were 16,924 married individuals, 2,131 widows or widowers and 1,447 individuals who are divorced.[4]

There were 4,165 households that consist of only one person and 1,147 households with five or more people.

The historical population is given in the following chart:[6]


In 1978 with the separation of the three Jura Canton districts from the Canton of Bern, Delémont District gained land in the Birse Valley and the Scheulte Valley from its southern neighbor, Moutier District.[7]

On 1 January 1984 the municipality of Mettemberg changed its name to Mettembert.[8]

The municipalities of Montsevelier, Vermes and Vicques merged on 1 January 2013 into the new municipality of Val Terbi and Bassecourt, Courfaivre, Glovelier, Soulce and Undervelier merged to form Haute-Sorne.[9]


In the 2007 federal election the most popular party was the SPS which received 42% of the vote. The next three most popular parties were the CVP (19.53%), the SVP (15.02%) and the CSP (12.37%). In the federal election, a total of 10,129 votes were cast, and the voter turnout was 41.9%.[10]


From the 2000 census, 25,551 or 74.1% were Roman Catholic, while 3,741 or 10.8% belonged to the Swiss Reformed Church. Of the rest of the population, there were 166 members of an Orthodox church (or about 0.48% of the population), there were 36 individuals (or about 0.10% of the population) who belonged to the Christian Catholic Church, and there were 1,350 individuals (or about 3.91% of the population) who belonged to another Christian church. There were 14 individuals (or about 0.04% of the population) who were Jewish, and 937 (or about 2.72% of the population) who were Islamic. There were 38 individuals who were Buddhist, 42 individuals who were Hindu and 31 individuals who belonged to another church. 2,178 (or about 6.32% of the population) belonged to no church, are agnostic or atheist, and 1,068 individuals (or about 3.10% of the population) did not answer the question.[4]


In Delémont about 11,963 or (34.7%) of the population have completed non-mandatory upper secondary education, and 3,049 or (8.8%) have completed additional higher education (either university or a Fachhochschule). Of the 3,049 who completed tertiary schooling, 60.1% were Swiss men, 26.0% were Swiss women, 8.5% were non-Swiss men and 5.4% were non-Swiss women.[4]

The Canton of Jura school system provides two year of non-obligatory Kindergarten, followed by six years of Primary school. This is followed by three years of obligatory lower Secondary school where the students are separated according to ability and aptitude. Following the lower Secondary students may attend a three or four year optional upper Secondary school followed by some form of Tertiary school or they may enter an apprenticeship.[11]

During the 2009-10 school year, there were a total of 3,381 students attending 191 classes in Delémont District. There were 45 kindergarten classes with a total of 795 students in the district.[12] The district had 146 primary classes and 2,586 students.[13]


Coordinates: 47°21′N 7°20′E / 47.350°N 7.333°E / 47.350; 7.333