Le Locle

Introduction To Le Locle

Le Locle is located in the Le Locle district in the Neuchatel Canton in the country of Switzerland, and it is a municipality there. 

It is located in the mountains of Jura, and it is a couple of miles away from La Chaux-de-Fonds, which is a city close to it. Le Locle is the 3rd littlest city in the country (in that country a place has to have at least 10,000 residents to be designated as a city). 

Le Locle is a major center of watchmaking in Switzerland, and some people even call it the place where it all begin, with a history that goes back to the 17th century. The municipality has been the site of several big watch manufacturers headquarters, like Universal Geneve, Zenith, NUlysse Nardin, Tissot, Zodiac, and Mido. Universal Geneve moved to Geneva, however. The town has a long history of watchmaking, and you can learn all about it at the Musee d’Horlogerie du Locle. It is in a country manor from the 1800s that was built on a hill to the north of the city. If you go about a mile west of the city center, you can see restored historic underground mills (sawmills, oil mills, and grain mills). 

The city has a population of about 10,200 people.


Le Locle has an area of roughly nine square miles, at least it did when it was measured in 2009. Out of this area, about five square miles (or 54%) is put to use for agriculture, while about three miles (or 30%) is covered in heavy forest. Out of the remainder of this land, about 1.4 square miles (or 16%) is settled (roads or buildings) and less than one mile is unproductive land. 

Out of the area that is built up, industrial buildings make up about 1.5% of the whole area, and buildings and housing make up about 8%, and infrastructure for transportation makes up about 5%. Sports fields, green belts, and parks make up about 1%. Out of the land that is covered in forest, 27% of the total land area is covered in heavy forest and about 3$ is covered little clusters of trees and orchards. Of the land that is put to use for agriculture, about 34% is for pastures and about 20% is for alpine pastures. 

The capital is located at an elevation of bout 1,000 meters.

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