What Is Franches-Montagnes? 

The district of Franches-Montagnes is a district in the Jura canton in Switzerland. Saignelegier is the capital of the district. The district speaks French, and there are more than 10,000 people living there.


Montfavergier was combined into Montfaucon, and Muriaux was merged with Le Peuchapatte. Simultaneously, Les Pommerats and Goumois combined into the capitalof Siagnelegier. All of these mergers happened in 2009. Another merger that happened in 2009 was when Epiquerez and Epauvillers were combined into Clos du Doubs. That happened in the district of Porrentruy.


The exact population of the district (as of 2012) was 10,070 residents. 

The majority of the population speaks French (about 92%) as their given language, and the 2nd most commonly spoken language is German (at roughly 4.5%). The third most commonly spoken language is Portuguese (1%) There are very few individuals that are Italian-speaking, but there are still some. Some people speak Romansh. 

The population is roughly evenly divided at 50% female and 50% male. The resident population was comprised of roughly 4,500 Swiss men (about 45% of the population) and 450 or so non-Swiss men (4.5% of the population). There were about 4,500 Swiss women (46%) and 450 or so non-Swiss women (4.5%). Of the district’s population, about 43% were born there, and they had lived in the district since the turn of the millennium. Roughly 23.8% of the population was born in that same canton, and about 19% were born in another part of Switzerland, and a little over 1,000 (or about 11%) were born in a country other than Switzerland. 

As of the millennium, there were roughly 4,300 people who had never been married and who were currently single. There were almost 4,600 married people, a little over 500 widows and widowers, and roughly 400 people who were divorced. 

There were a little over 1,000 households that were comprised of just a single person and a little over 400 households that had at least five individuals living in them.


According to census data taken from the year 2000, about 73% of the people living there are Roman Catholic, and a little over 11% were members of the Swiss Reformed Church. Out of the remainder of the population, about 25 people belonged to an Orthodox church. There was a very small minority of people who were Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist, agnostic or atheist.

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