List of French departments by population

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Population Density by Department

This table lists the 101 French departments in descending order of population, area and population density.

Data Description[edit]

The figures include:

The total population takes into account double counting.

Evolution[edit]

Between 1999 and 2006 all French departments have grown in population with the exception of the following seven departments: Allier and Cantal in Auvergne, Creuse in Limousin, Ardennes and Haute-Marne in Champagne-Ardenne, Nièvre in Burgundy, and Vosges in Lorraine.

In contrast the seven departments that have gained the most population in absolute value are Haute-Garonne, Gironde, Bouches-du-Rhône, Seine-Saint-Denis, Loire-Atlantique, Hauts-de Seine, and Hérault.

Guadeloupe has seemingly lost population between 1999 and 2008. However, this diminution of the legal population is due to the creation of the overseas communities of Saint Barthelemy and Saint-Martin. In the 1999 census, the population of Guadeloupe without the arrondissement of Saint-Martin-Saint-Barthélemy was 386,566 inhabitants. The department's population has actually increased by more than 15,000 people over the period based on a constant territory.

List of Departments by Descending Population[edit]

2010 Rank Department Legal Population in 1931 Legal Population in 1999 Legal Population in 2008 Legal Population in 2010 Area (km²) Density (Pop./km²) INSEE Dept. No.
1 Nord 2,029,449 2,555,020 2,564,959 2,576,770 5,743 449 59
2 Paris 2,891,020 2,125,246 2,211,297 2,243,833 105 21,370 75
3 Bouches-du-Rhône 1,101,672 1,835,719 1,966,005 1,972,018 5,087 388 13
4 Rhône 1,046,028 1,578,869 1,690,498 1,725,177 3,249 531 69
5 Hauts-de-Seine 949,231 1,428,881 1,549,619 1,572,490 176 8,935 92
6 Seine-Saint-Denis 769,315 1,382,861 1,506,466 1,522,048 236 6,449 93
7 Pas-de-Calais 1,205,191 1,441,568 1,459,531 1,461,387 6,671 219 62
8 Gironde 852,768 1,287,334 1,421,276 1,449,245 10,725 145 33
9 Yvelines 408,282 1,354,308 1,406,053 1,408,765 2,284 617 78
10 Val-de-Marne 657,322 1,227,250 1,310,876 1,327,732 245 5,419 94
11 Seine-et-Marne 406,108 1,193,767 1,303,702 1,324,865 5,915 224 77
12 Loire-Atlantique 652,079 1,134,266 1,255,871 1,282,052 6,815 188 44
13 Seine-Maritime 905,278 1,239,138 1,248,580 1,250,411 6,278 199 76
14 Haute-Garonne 441,799 1,046,338 1,217,344 1,243,641 6,309 197 31
15 Essonne 271,094 1,134,238 1,205,850 1,215,340 1,804 674 91
16 Isère 584,017 1,094,006 1,188,660 1,206,374 7,431 162 38
17 Val-d'Oise 353,374 1,105,464 1,165,397 1,171,161 1,246 940 95
18 Bas-Rhin 688,242 1,026,120 1,091,015 1,095,905 4,755 230 67
19 Alpes-Maritimes 493,376 1,011,326 1,084,428 1,078,729 4,299 251 06
20 Moselle 693,408 1,023,447 1,042,230 1,045,066 6,216 168 57
21 Hérault 514,819 896,441 1,019,798 1,044,558 6,101 171 34
22 Var 377,104 898,441 1,001,408 1,008,183 5,973 169 83
23 Ille-et-Vilaine 562,558 867,533 967,588 988,140 6,775 146 35
24 Finistère 744,295 852,418 890,509 897,628 6,733 133 29
25 La Réunion - 706,300 808,250 821,136 2,504 328 974
26 Oise 407,432 766,441 799,725 803,595 5,860 137 60
27 Maine-et-Loire 475,991 732,942 774,823 784,810 7,166 110 49
28 Haut-Rhin 516,726 708,025 746,072 749,782 3,525 213 68
29 Loire 664,822 728,524 742,076 748,947 4,781 157 42
30 Haute-Savoie 252,794 631,679 716,277 738,088 4,388 168 74
31 Meurthe-et-Moselle 592,632 713,779 729,768 732,207 5,246 140 54
32 Morbihan 537,528 643,873 710,034 721,657 6,823 106 56
33 Gard 406,815 623,125 694,323 709,700 5,853 121 30
34 Calvados 401,356 648,385 678,206 683,105 5,548 123 14
35 Loiret 342,679 618,126 650,769 656,105 6,775 97 45
36 Pyrénées-Atlantiques 422,719 600,018 647,420 653,515 7,645 85 64
37 Vendée 390,396 539,664 616,906 634,778 6,720 94 85
38 Puy-de-Dôme 500,590 604,266 628,485 632,311 7,970 79 63
39 Charente-Maritime 415,249 557,024 611,714 622,323 6,864 91 17
40 Ain 322,918 515,270 581,355 597,341 5,762 104 01
41 Côtes-d'Armor 539,531 542,373 581,570 591,641 6,878 86 22
42 Indre-et-Loire 335,226 554,003 585,406 590,515 6,127 96 37
43 Eure 305,788 541,054 577,087 586,543 6,040 97 27
44 Somme 466,626 555,551 568,086 570,741 6,170 93 80
45 Marne 412,156 565,229 566,010 565,307 8,162 69 51
46 Sarthe 384,619 529,851 559,587 563,518 6,206 91 72
47 Saône-et-Loire 538,741 544,893 553,968 555,663 8,575 65 71
48 Vaucluse 241,689 499,685 538,902 555,240 3,567 152 84
49 Aisne 489,368 535,489 538,790 540,508 7,369 73 02
50 Doubs 305,500 499,062 522,685 527,770 5,234 101 25
51 Côte-d'Or 333,800 506,755 521,608 524,358 8,763 60 21
52 Manche 433,473 481,471 496,937 498,747 5,938 84 50
53 Drôme 267,080 437,778 478,069 484,715 6,530 74 26
54 Pyrénées-Orientales 238,647 392,803 441,387 448,543 4,116 109 66
55 Eure-et-Loir 254,790 407,665 423,559 428,933 5,880 73 28
56 Vienne 303,072 399,024 424,354 427,193 6,990 61 86
57 Savoie 235,544 373,258 408,842 414,959 6,028 69 73
58 Dordogne 383,720 388,293 409,388 414,149 9,060 46 24
59 Guadeloupe - 422,496 401,784 403,355 1,628[3] 248 971
60 Martinique - 381,427 397,693 394,173 1,128 349 972
61 Landes 257,186 327,334 373,142 384,320 9,243 42 40
62 Vosges 377,980 380,952 380,145 379,724 5,874 65 88
63 Haute-Vienne 335,873 353,893 373,940 376,191 5,520 68 87
64 Tarn 302,994 343,402 371,738 375,379 5,758 65 81
65 Deux-Sèvres 308,481 344,392 365,059 369,270 5,999 62 79
66 Aude 296,880 309,770 349,237 356,467 6,139 58 11
67 Charente 310,489 339,628 351,581 351,577 5,956 59 16
68 Allier 373,924 344,721 342,807 342,908 7,340 47 03
69 Yonne 275,755 333,221 342,359 342,510 7,427 46 89
70 Lot-et-Garonne 247,500 305,380 326,399 331,123 5,361 62 47
71 Loir-et-Cher 241,592 314,968 326,599 330,079 6,343 52 41
72 Ardèche 282,911 286,023 311,452 315,090 5,529 57 07
73 Cher 293,918 314,428 313,251 311,257 7,235 43 18
74 Mayenne 254,479 285,338 302,983 306,337 5,175 59 53
75 Aube 242,596 292,131 301,327 303,327 6,004 51 10
76 Orne 273,717 292,337 292,282 291,642 6,103 48 61
77 Ardennes 293,746 290,130 284,197 283,250 5,229 54 08
78 Aveyron 323,782 263,808 275,889 276,805 8,735 32 12
79 Jura 229,109 250,857 260,740 261,534 4,999 52 39
80 Corrèze 264,129 232,576 242,896 243,551 5,857 42 19
81 Tarn-et-Garonne 164,259 206,034 235,915 241,698 3,718 65 82
82 Haute-Saône 219,257 229,732 238,548 239,548 5,360 45 70
83 Indre 247,912 231,139 232,004 231,176 6,791 34 36
84 Hautes-Pyrénées 189,993 222,368 229,079 229,458 4,464 51 65
85 Guyane - 157,213 219,266 229,040 83,534 3 973
86 Haute-Loire 251,608 209,113 221,834 224,006 4,977 45 43
87 Nièvre 255,195 225,198 220,653 219,584 6,817 32 58
88 Mayotte - 131,320[4] 186,452[5] 212,645[6] 376 566 976
89 Meuse 215,819 192,198 194,218 193,923 6,211 31 55
90 Gers 193,134 172,335 185,266 188,159 6,257 30 32
91 Haute-Marne 189,791 194,873 186,470 184,039 6,211 30 52
92 Lot 166,637 160,197 172,796 174,578 5,217 33 46
93 Haute-Corse - 141,603 162,013 166,093 4,666 36 Template:Tri12B
94 Alpes-de-Haute-Provence 87,566 139,561 157,965 160,149 6,925 23 04
95 Ariège 161,265 137,205 150,201 152,038 4,890 31 09
96 Cantal 193,505 150,778 148,737 148,162 5,726 26 15
97 Corse-du-Sud - 118,593 140,953 143,600 4,014 36 Template:Tri12A
98 Territoire de Belfort 99,403 137,408 141,958 142,911 609 235 90
99 Hautes-Alpes 87,566 121,419 134,205 136,971 5,549 25 05
100 Creuse 207,882 124,470 123,907 123,029 5,565 22 23
101 Lozère 101,849 73,509 76,973 77,082 5,167 15 48

References[edit]

  1. ^ Legal Population 2008, INSEE website (French)
  2. ^ Legal Population 2009, INSEE website (French)
  3. ^ The population for Guadeloupe no longer includes the populations of Saint-Barthélémy and Saint-Martin (74 km²)
  4. ^ Census in 1997
  5. ^ Census in 2007
  6. ^ Decree No. 2012-1453 of 24 December 2012 authenticates the results of the census of population made in Mayotte in 2012, Legifrance, 24 December 2012, consulted on 30 December 2012