A general view of Noironte
|• Mayor (2014–2020)||Claude Maire|
|6.73 km2 (2.60 sq mi)|
|• Density||57/km2 (150/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
|Elevation||206–278 m (676–912 ft) |
(avg. 224 m or 735 ft)
|1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.|
Noironte is an old seigneurie erected during the Middle Ages that saw the village developed around a castle. The village has always kept a rural character with agricultural activity still present in the early twenty-first century, mainly cattle breeding, polyculture and a cheese factory. Its landscape is also marked by the presence of ponds and forests that cover a large part of the communal territory. Since the end of World War II, however, the village is gradually becoming part of a process of peri-urbanisation because it is part of the urban area of Besançon and since 2003 has joined the Greater Besançon urban community.
Its inhabitants called Noirontais and Noirontaises were 383 according to the census figures of 2016.
The commune of Noironte is located in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region and in the north-western extremity of the departement of Doubs. It lies 11.5 km (7.1 mi) west of Besançon, prefecture of the department and 64 km (40 mi) east of Dijon, the capital of the region. The shortest distance by road between the village center and the city center of Besançon (Place du Huit-Septembre) is 14 km (8.7 mi). It is at the limit of the lower valley of the Ognon River and the Jura Mountains area of Avants-Monts. It is part of the canton of Besançon-2 and the Greater Besançon Urban Community. It is also integrated in the urban area of Besançon. The municipal territory is bordered by nine other municipalities.
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