Population density in France 2017

France: Population density from 2007 to 2017 (inhabitants per square kilometer)

by H. Plecher, last edited Aug 9, 2019
Population density in France 2017 The population density in France was 122.58 people per square kilometer (317.48 per square mile) in 2017. This number has been slowly increasing for the past ten years. Higher population density is associated with urbanization, but not necessarily economic growth.
Comparative densities

France’s population density is higher than the European average. In fact, it is higher than any region except Asia, as well as the total world population density. This is likely due to the number of large cities in France. The country has one of the largest urban populations in the world. This shapes the French economic and social landscapes; the cities become more expensive, but they also bring more economic opportunities. These opportunites attract people both from the French countryside and other countries who hope to benefit from such jobs.

A tale of two countries

For those who can afford it, Paris can be a cosmopolitan paradise. However, with the average price of a rental apartment twice that of most other French cities, few can afford to live in the richest parts of the city. This stark difference in costs implies that average annual wages should have a similar difference between cities. While this is not a perfectly even cause and effect, it gives some explanation for the increasing population density of France.
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France: Population density from 2007 to 2017 (inhabitants per square kilometer)

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