The common Aranc (Arena 1284) depended until the French Revolution of the lordship of Rougemont (now village in the municipality). This manor, mentioned as early as 1114, was one of the oldest secular lordships Bugey. Aranc became common in 1790 but also chief town of the district from 1790 to 1800. Township Aranc then included Corlier, Montgriffon, and Chaley Lacoux.
Aranc always had a mainly agricultural although many craftsmen have practiced their profession. Today, there is a federal center VTT.
The municipality covers 2164 hectares. It is composed of three geographical distinct: the valley of Aranc, the heights of the East (with the neck of the Berche to 864 m) and the valley of the Mandorne west.
The town has, besides the village Aranc several hamlets (Rougemont, Salagnat, Résinand, The Pézières) and isolated farms (the Mill Colognat the Grange Goyet, farms and Malaval Gorges). If the population was 1232 inhabitants in 1831, is currently 291.
The Hall School: Built in 1890, it welcomes boys and girls of the town. To his left, the tank the fountain of Doye was built in 1870. The adjoining laundry still has beautiful columns that carried the roof (a rehabilitation project is underway). Nearby, you can also admire two sundials part of the "circuit sundials", one executed by Helen Lagnieu, the other by Pierre Paul Struye.
The War Memorial: built in 1922, pays tribute to hairy died for France during the first World War.
The old cheese: it is not dated, but a document attesting its existence in 1874. In 2011, the old fruit turned into a museum space that tells the County. Adjacent to the County Area, the cheese boutique is open from Tuesday to Sunday.
The church: it has elements of different periods. It existed in 1249. The church, under the name of St. Paul, has six chapels. In one of them, you can see a statue of Saint Anthony that dates back to the 18th century.
Two ovens: built in the second half of the 19th century, they are owned by the municipality, a district in the Faubourg, the other Avart Quarter. They were governed by strict regulations to better manage the power needs of families.