|Community association||Annemasse-Les Voirons-Agglomération|
|Coordinates||46 ° 15 ′ N , 6 ° 20 ′ E|
|surface||5.76 km 2|
|Residents||1,086 (January 1, 2017)|
|Population density||189 inhabitants / km 2|
Machilly is a French commune in the department of Haute-Savoie in the region of Auvergne Rhône-Alpes .
Machilly is located at 532 m , about 15 kilometers east-northeast of the city of Geneva (as the crow flies). The village extends in the Foron valley at the north-western foot of the Les Voirons mountain range , near the border with Switzerland .
The area of the 5.76 km 2 municipal area includes a section on the edge of the Lake Geneva basin . The area is crossed from northeast to southwest by the Foron (tributary of the Arve ) in a valley that was once formed as a meltwater channel on the edge of the Ice Age Rhone glacier . The stream is dammed up here to form a small lake. To the west of this valley, the community area extends over a hill to a plateau that slopes gently towards Lake Geneva. To the southeast, the municipality extends up the wooded slope of Les Voirons, where the highest elevation of Machilly is reached at 1140 m .
Machilly includes various hamlet settlements, including Revilloud ( 540 m ) east of the lake and Couty ( 547 m ) on the hill west of the lake. Machilly's neighboring communities are Veigy-Foncenex and Loisin in the north, Bons-en-Chablais in the east, Saint-Cergues in the south and the Swiss villages of Jussy and Gy in the southwest.
Various traces suggest that the municipality of Machilly was settled in prehistoric times.
The place is first mentioned in the 15th century.
The village church was built in the 20th century.
With 1086 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2017) Machilly is one of the small communities in the Haute-Savoie department. Since the beginning of the 1960s, there has been a continuous strong population growth. Outside the old village center, numerous single-family houses were built on the panoramic slope of Les Voirons.
Economy and Infrastructure
Machilly was a predominantly agricultural village well into the 20th century . Today there are various local small and medium-sized businesses. Numerous workers are commuters who go to work in the larger towns in the area, especially in the Geneva-Annemasse area.
The place is well developed in terms of traffic. It is close to the main road N206 that leads from Annemasse to Thonon-les-Bains . There are other road connections with Bons-en-Chablais and Jussy. The municipality also has a train station on the Annemasse – Thonon-les-Bains line .