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Bellevue is a municipality of the Canton of Geneva, Switzerland.HistoryThe village of Colovrex is first mentioned in 1257 as Colovray. In 1855, the municipality of Bellevue separated from the municipality of Collex-Bossy Bellevue was mostly inhabited by urban, Protestant citizens of Geneva, while the farming municipality of Collex-Bossy was mostly Catholic.GeographyBellevue has an area, as of 2009, of 4.35km2. Of this area, 1.76km2 or 40.5% is used for agricultural purposes, while 0.69km2 or 15.9% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 1.88km2 or 43.2% is settled (buildings or roads) and 0.06km2 or 1.4% is unproductive land.Of the built up area, industrial buildings made up 1.1% of the total area while housing and buildings made up 18.6% and transportation infrastructure made up 16.8%. Power and water infrastructure as well as other special developed areas made up 4.4% of the area while parks, green belts and sports fields made up 2.3%. Out of the forested land, 12.0% of the total land area is heavily forested and 3.9% is covered with orchards or small clusters of trees. Of the agricultural land, 23.0% is used for growing crops and 15.4% is pastures, while 2.1% is used for orchards or vine crops. It is situated along the northern shores of Lake Geneva and has grown substantially within the past two decades due to the housing shortage in Geneva proper. Mainly families have moved to Bellevue. A local state school and short distances to several international schools and the airport have made it the location of choice for a high share of expatriates.It consists of the village of Bellevue and the hamlets of Vengeron, Les Tuileries, Valavran and Colovrex. The municipality of Bellevue consists of the sub-sections or villages of Le Gobé, Bellevue - Grands-Bois, Les Grands-Champs, Bellevue - Rives-du-Lac and L'Ermitage.
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