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Coat of arms of Échenans
Échenans (France)
region Bourgogne-Franche-Comté
Department Doubs
Arrondissement Montbeliard
Canton Bavans
Community association Pays de Montbéliard agglomeration
Coordinates 47 ° 32 '  N , 6 ° 42'  E Coordinates: 47 ° 32 '  N , 6 ° 42'  E
height 342-387 m
surface 1.70 km 2
Residents 155 (January 1, 2017)
Population density 91 inhabitants / km 2
Post Code 25550
INSEE code

Mairie Échenans

Échenans is a French municipality with 155 inhabitants (as of January 1 2017) in Doubs in the region Bourgogne Franche-Comté .


Échenans is located 350  m , about eight kilometers west of the city of Montbéliard (as the crow flies). The village extends in the eastern part of a plateau, which is embedded in the undulating landscape between the river valleys of Doubs in the south and Ognon in the north-west, near the Ruisseau du Rupt.

The area of ​​the 1.70 km² municipal area covers a section of the gently undulating landscape north of the Doube valley. The main part of the area is occupied by the Arcey plateau, which averages 360 m and is slightly inclined to the east. It has a width of four kilometers and a length of about five kilometers and consists mainly of arable and meadow land. The Rupt drains the area east to the Doubs. To the east of the village it is dammed up to form a long pond for fish farming. To the northeast, the municipal area extends to the wooded height of Raynans, at which the highest elevation of Échenans is reached at 387 m.

Neighboring municipalities of Échenans are Semondans in the north, Raynans in the east, Saint-Julien-lès-Montbéliard in the south and Désandans in the west.


Since the Middle Ages, Échenans belonged to the county of Württemberg-Mömpelgard (Montbéliard) . With the occupation of this county in 1793, the village finally came into French hands. Today Échenans is part of the Pays de Montbéliard Agglomération municipal association .


Population development
year Residents
1962 37
1968 38
1975 33
1982 90
1990 117
1999 115
2005 111
2016 158

With 155 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2017) Échenans is one of the small communities in the Doubs department. After the population in the first half of the 20th century had always been in the range between 35 and 60 people, population growth was recorded after 1975.

Economy and Infrastructure

Until well into the 20th century, Échenans was primarily a village characterized by agriculture (arable farming, fruit growing and cattle breeding) and fish farming. In addition, there are now some local small businesses. In the meantime, the village has also turned into a residential community. Many workers are therefore commuters who do their work in the Montbéliard agglomeration.

The village is located off the major thoroughfares on a departmental road that leads from Sainte-Marie to Semondans. The closest connection to the A36 motorway is around 14 kilometers away. Other road connections exist with Désandans, Raynans and Saint-Julien-lès-Montbéliard.


  • Le Patrimoine des Communes du Doubs. Volume 2, Flohic Editions, Paris 2001, ISBN 2-84234-087-6 , p. 702.

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