Commune of Dole
|Elevation||196–341 m (640–1,120 ft)|
|Land area1||38.38 km2 (14.82 sq mi)|
|- Density||650 /km² (1,700 /sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||39198/ 39100|
|1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.|
|2 Population sans doubles comptes: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.|
Dole was the capital of Franche-Comté until Louis XIV conquered the region; he shifted the parlement from Dole to Besançon. The university, founded by Philip the Good of Burgundy in 1422, was also transferred to Besançon at that time.
Dole is located on the Doubs River. The commune has a land area of 38.38 km² (14.82 sq mi).
As of the census of 1999, the population was 24,949.
The estimation for 2005 was 23,900.
It is the largest commune in Jura, although the préfecture (capital) resides in the commune of Lons-le-Saunier.
The 1995 film, Happiness Is in the Field, was set in Dole.