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Regions

The population of the French regions according to census results and latest official estimates.

Since 2006, France computes the population size from census results counted in different years. Until 2016, the number of regions should be reduced from 22 to 14 by mergers.

NameAbbr.StatusCapitalArea
A (km²)
Population
Census (C)
1975-02-20
Population
Census (C)
1982-03-04
Population
Census (C)
1990-03-05
Population
Census (C)
1999-03-08
Population
Estimate (E)
2007-01-01
Population
Estimate (E)
2012-01-01
FranceFRARepParis543,96552,591,58454,334,87156,615,15558,518,39561,795,23863,375,971
AlsaceALSRegStrasbourg8,2801,517,3301,566,0481,624,3721,734,1451,827,2481,859,869828000
AquitaineAQURegBordeaux41,3082,550,3462,656,5442,795,8302,908,3593,150,8903,285,9704130800
AuvergneAUVRegClermont-Ferrand26,0131,330,4791,332,6781,321,2141,308,8781,339,2471,354,1042601300
Basse-Normandie [Lower Normandy]BASRegCaen17,5891,306,1521,350,9791,391,3181,422,1931,461,4291,477,2091758900
Bourgogne [Burgundy]BOURegDijon31,5821,570,9431,596,0541,609,6531,610,0671,633,8911,641,1303158200
Bretagne [Brittany]BRERegRennes27,2082,595,4312,707,8862,795,6382,906,1973,120,2883,237,0972720800
CentreCENRegOrléans39,1512,152,5002,264,1642,371,0362,440,3292,526,9192,563,5863915100
Champagne - ArdenneCHARegChâlons-en-Champagne25,6061,336,8321,345,9351,347,8481,342,3631,339,4871,339,2702560600
CorseCORRegAjaccio8,680225,562240,178250,371260,196299,209316,257868000
Franche-Comté {Franche-Comte}FRARegBesançon16,2021,060,3171,084,0491,097,2761,117,0591,158,6711,175,6841620200
Haute-Normandie [Upper Normandy]HAURegRouen12,3171,595,6951,655,3621,737,2471,780,1921,816,7161,845,5471231700
Île-de-France {Ile-de-France}ILERegParis12,0129,878,56510,073,05910,660,55410,952,01111,598,86611,898,5021201200
Languedoc - RoussillonLANRegMontpellier27,3761,789,4741,926,5142,114,9852,295,6482,560,8702,700,2662737600
LimousinLIMRegLimoges16,942738,726737,153722,850710,939737,001738,6331694200
LorraineLORRegMetz23,5472,330,8222,319,9052,305,7262,310,3762,339,8812,349,8162354700
Midi - Pyrénées {Midi - Pyrenees}MIDRegToulouse45,3482,268,2982,325,3192,430,6632,551,6872,810,2472,926,5924534800
Nord - Pas-de-CalaisNORRegLille12,4143,913,7733,932,9393,965,0583,996,5884,021,6764,050,7561241400
Pays de la LoirePAYRegNantes32,0822,767,1632,930,3983,059,1123,222,0613,482,5943,632,6143208200
PicardiePICRegAmiens19,3991,678,6441,740,3211,810,6871,857,4811,900,3541,922,3421939900
Poitou - CharentesPOIRegPoitiers25,8101,528,1181,568,2301,595,1091,640,0681,739,7801,783,9912581000
Provence - Alpes - Côte d'Azur {Provence - Alpes - Cote dAzur}PRORegMarseille31,4003,675,7303,965,2094,257,9074,506,1514,864,0154,935,5763140000
Rhône - Alpes {Rhone - Alpes}RHORegLyon43,6984,780,6845,015,9475,350,7015,645,4076,065,9596,341,1604369800

Major Cities

 NameAdm.Population
Estimate (E)
2012-01-01
1ParisILE2,240,621
2MarseillePRO852,516
3LyonRHO496,343
4ToulouseMID453,317
5NicePRO343,629
6NantesPAY291,604
7StrasbourgALS274,394
8MontpellierLAN268,456
9BordeauxAQU241,287
10LilleNOR228,652
11RennesBRE209,860

Contents: Cities

The population of all cities in France with more than 100,000 inhabitants according to census results and latest official estimates.

NameAdm.Population
Census (C)
1975-02-20
Population
Census (C)
1982-03-04
Population
Census (C)
1990-03-05
Population
Census (C)
1999-03-08
Population
Estimate (E)
2007-01-01
Population
Estimate (E)
2012-01-01
Area
Aix-en-ProvencePRO110,659121,327123,842134,222143,404141,14818616
AmiensPIC131,476131,332131,872135,501134,737132,7274945
AngersPAY137,591136,038141,404151,279151,108149,0174270
ArgenteuilILE102,53095,34793,09693,961102,572104,9621722
Besançon {Besancon}FRA120,315113,283113,828117,733117,836116,3536505
BordeauxAQU223,131208,159210,336215,363235,178241,2874936
Boulogne-BillancourtILE103,578102,582101,743106,367111,045117,126617
BrestBRE166,826156,060147,956149,634142,722139,6764951
CaenBAS119,640114,068112,846113,987109,630108,3652570
Clermont-FerrandAUV156,763147,224136,181137,140139,501141,5694267
DijonBOU151,705140,942146,703149,867151,543152,0714041
GrenobleRHO166,037156,637150,758153,317156,793158,3461813
Le HavreHAU217,882199,388195,854190,905179,751173,1424695
Le MansPAY152,285147,697145,502146,105144,164143,5995280
LilleNOR219,204196,705198,691212,597225,789228,6523483
LimogesLIM143,725140,418133,486133,994138,882136,2217744
LyonRHO456,716413,095415,487445,452472,330496,3434787
MarseillePRO908,600874,436800,550798,430852,395852,51624064
MetzLOR111,869114,232119,594123,776123,580119,5514194
MontpellierLAN191,354197,231207,996225,392253,712268,4565687
MontreuilILE96,58793,36894,75490,674102,097103,520892
MulhouseALS117,013112,157108,357110,359111,394110,7552218
NancyLOR107,90296,31799,351103,605105,349105,0671501
NantesPAY256,693240,539244,995270,251283,025291,6046518
NicePRO344,481337,085342,439342,738348,721343,6297191
Nîmes {Nimes}LAN127,933124,220128,471133,424143,468146,70916192
Orléans {Orleans}CEN106,246102,710105,111113,126113,234114,2862748
ParisILE2,299,8302,176,2432,152,4232,125,2462,193,0302,240,62110560
PerpignanLAN106,426111,669105,983105,115116,041120,4896808
ReimsCHA178,381177,234180,620187,206183,500181,8934690
RennesBRE198,305194,656197,536206,229207,922209,8605039
RouenHAU114,834101,945102,723106,592108,569111,5572138
Saint-DenisILE96,13290,82989,98885,832100,800108,2741236
Saint-Étienne {Saint-Etienne}RHO220,181204,955199,396180,210175,318171,4837999
StrasbourgALS253,384248,712252,338264,115272,123274,3947826
ToulonPRO181,801179,423167,619160,639166,537164,8994284
ToulouseMID373,796347,995358,688390,350439,453453,31711829
ToursCEN140,686132,209129,509132,820136,578134,9783436
VilleurbanneRHO116,535115,960116,872124,215138,151146,2821452