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difference center urban area
To answer your question, about how can it be that there is such a big difference between the number of inhabitants in the administrative center of Lyon (around 500 000 inhabitants), and its metropolitan area (over 2 million inhabitants), this is due to the fact that the center of Lyon is not united as one city administratively. For example, districts like Villeurbanne, Vaulx-en-Velin, Cuire, Saint-Fons and many others are actually administratively not part of Lyon, but towns on their own, even though they are in the center of the city. Any attempt to unite the city as one common entity rather than this puzzle of administratively independent "towns inside the city" never reached an agreement. Which makes that you can walk down in the center of the city and actually change of town without even noticing it, if you don't pass before a sign indicating it to you. Lyon (as an administrative boundaries entity) is the same eversince the 19th century and hasn't seen any change in its population eversince: Lyon cannot be bigger anymore. There is no place left. It is completely surrounded by other towns which are independant administratively. But which in real life are just districts midtown. This is why there is such an enormous difference in the numbers. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Luis.luisluis (talk • contribs) 07:29, 19 May 2015 (UTC)