Population of Cities in France (2017)

1
Over 1 Million
38
100,000 to 1 Million
886
10,000 to 100,000

Despite being one of the most populous countries in the world, it surprisingly only has one city with a population that exceeds one million residents. However, there are over 100 cities that have a population of over 50,000, 38 that have over 100,000 and hundreds of smaller cities and towns which make this country one of the most populated in the world. In France, there are several classifications for its populated areas, including urban areas (metropolitans), urban units (classified as the densely populated agglomeration of metro areas) and communes (boroughs with municipal councils.) Many of the communes of France have tens of thousands of residents, further adding to the population of this country.

France is made up of 22 metropolitan regions and five overseas regions that include French Guiana and Martinique. The country also has dependent areas, including French Polynesia. These are similar to territories like Puerto Rico in the United States. Like other countries around the world, France's population is divided between urban and rural cities, and in 2014, it was determined that the rural population exceeded 13 million, which showed a significant increase following rural population declines in the recent past. However, this doesn't mean that the population in more urban areas has decreased. In fact, it's continuing to show a pattern of steady growth with the current birth rate as well as continued immigration to the larger cities of France.

France has 1 cities with more than a million people, 38 cities with between 100,000 and 1 million people, and 886 cities with between 10,000 and 100,000 people. The largest city in France is Paris, with a population of 2,138,551 people.

Paris

France's capital city is known for art, fashion and a leader in finance in commerce.

2,138,551

Marseille

Marseille is home to France's largest port, following a long history of being the country's center of trade.

794,811

Lyon

Lyon's cuisine and landmarks are some of the most notable in the country.

472,317

Toulouse

Once named the most dynamic city in France, Toulouse is a nationwide leader in aerospace.

433,055

Nice

The beauty and history of Nice make it one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.

338,620

Nantes

This 'European Green Capital' is one of the cleanest cities in France and has been honored for its innovation.

277,269

Strasbourg

This city's history led it to being named a World Heritage site.

274,845

Montpellier

Its higher education institutions are just one of the reasons that Montpellier is France's fastest-growing city.

248,252

Bordeaux

Bordeaux is considered the capital of the world's wine industry, and its namesake wine has been made since the 8th century.

231,844

Lille

Following an urban renovation project, the city was once named a European Capital of Culture.

228,328

Name 2017 Population
Paris2,138,551
Marseille794,811
Lyon472,317
Toulouse433,055
Nice338,620
Nantes277,269
Strasbourg274,845
Montpellier248,252
Bordeaux231,844
Lille228,328
Rennes209,375
Reims196,565
Le Havre185,972
Cergy-Pontoise183,430
Saint-Etienne176,280
Toulon168,701
Angers168,279
Grenoble158,552
Dijon149,782
Nimes148,236
Aix-en-Provence146,821
Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines146,598
Brest144,899
Le Mans144,515
Amiens143,086
Tours141,621
Limoges141,176
Clermont-Ferrand138,681
Villeurbanne131,445
Besancon128,426
Orleans124,149
Metz123,914
Rouen112,787
Mulhouse111,430
Perpignan110,706
Caen110,624
Boulogne-Billancourt108,782
Nancy105,334
Argenteuil101,475
Saint-Denis96,128
Roubaix95,721
Tourcoing91,574
Montreuil90,652
Avignon89,769
Marseille 1389,316
Asnieres-sur-Seine86,742
Nanterre86,719
Poitiers85,960
Versailles85,416
Courbevoie85,158
Creteil84,833
Pau82,697
Colombes82,300
Vitry-sur-Seine81,001
Aulnay-sous-Bois80,615
Marseille 0878,837
Marseille 1577,770
Marseille 0976,868
La Rochelle76,810
Champigny-sur-Marne76,726
Rueil-Malmaison76,616
Antibes76,393
Saint-Maur-des-Fosses75,402
Calais74,433
Beziers74,081
Dunkerque71,287
Aubervilliers70,914
Cannes70,011
Merignac69,791
Bourges67,987
Saint-Nazaire67,054
Colmar65,405
Valence63,864
Quimper63,849
Drancy62,488
Noisy-le-Grand62,420
Villeneuve-d'Ascq62,400
La Seyne-sur-Mer62,330
Levallois-Perret62,178
Marseille 1461,920
Chambery61,640
Issy-les-Moulineaux61,447
Neuilly-sur-Seine61,300
Troyes60,785
Antony59,845
La Roche-sur-Yon59,410
Marseille 1258,734
Lorient58,112
Sarcelles57,979
Pessac57,944
Ivry-sur-Seine57,897
Evreux57,795
Venissieux57,584
Cergy57,576
Clichy57,467
Marseille 1156,792
Saint-Quentin55,407
Niort54,660
Belfort54,562
Ajaccio54,364
Vannes54,020
Sartrouville53,980
Maisons-Alfort53,964
Meaux53,811
Blois53,660
Brive-la-Gaillarde53,466
Arles53,431
Beauvais53,393
Chateauroux53,301
Cholet53,160
Frejus53,098
Pantin52,922
Saint-Brieuc52,774
Montauban52,434
Charleville-Mezieres52,415
Albi52,409
Tarbes52,106
Fontenay-sous-Bois52,075
Evry51,900
Clamart51,400
Marseille 1051,299
Chalons-en-Champagne51,257
Narbonne50,776
Saint-Malo50,676
Laval50,489
Hyeres50,487
Carcassonne49,600
Angouleme49,468
Annecy49,232
Bondy48,268
Le Blanc-Mesnil48,077
Villejuif48,048
Grasse47,581
Sevran47,334
Castres47,275
Chalon-sur-Saone47,251
Marseille 0447,193
Arras47,052
Boulogne-sur-Mer47,013
Chelles46,947
Cagnes-sur-Mer46,923
Saint-Herblain46,898
Douai46,531
Epinay-sur-Seine46,145
Vincennes45,923
Martigues45,749
Marseille 0345,414
Bourg-en-Bresse45,340
Bobigny44,962
Montlucon44,960
Aubagne44,844
Valenciennes44,821
Suresnes44,697
Meudon44,652
Marseille 0544,583
Bayonne44,396
Istres44,373
Thionville44,311
Mantes-la-Jolie44,263
Compiegne44,243
Nevers43,988
Chartres43,838
Marseille 0643,360
Le Cannet43,353
Wattrelos42,826
Caluire-et-Cuire42,763
Gap42,715
Talence42,579
Ales42,410
Gennevilliers42,294
Saint-Priest41,641
Rosny-sous-Bois41,627
Auxerre41,516
Salon-de-Provence41,397
Saint-Germain-en-Laye41,142
Bastia41,001
Marseille 0140,919
Sete40,736
Anglet40,658
Puteaux40,646
Corbeil-Essonnes40,527
Garges-les-Gonesse39,847
Roanne39,840
Savigny-sur-Orge39,698
Epinal39,518
Livry-Gargan39,518
Saint-Ouen39,353
Reze39,248
Montigny-le-Bretonneux39,063
Noisy-le-Sec38,955
Melun38,953
Bagneux38,900
Massy38,768
Haguenau38,721
Montrouge38,708
Marcq-en-Baroeul38,629
Vitrolles38,591
Draguignan38,573
Lens38,265
Gagny38,134
Saint-Chamond38,014
Bron37,825
Vaulx-en-Velin37,489
Joue-les-Tours37,466
Alfortville37,290
La Courneuve37,287
Chatellerault37,210
Villepinte37,114
Cambrai36,492
Poissy36,431
Conflans-Sainte-Honorine36,358
Mont-de-Marsan36,205
Plaisir36,121
Marseille 0735,981
Marignane35,873
Dieppe35,707
Montelimar35,637
Tremblay-en-France35,591
Choisy-le-Roi35,590
Saint-Martin-d'Heres35,528
Macon35,484
Romans-sur-Isere35,002
Saint-Raphael34,918
Pontault-Combault34,798
Six-Fours-les-Plages34,779
Perigueux34,770
Aurillac34,724
Neuilly-sur-Marne34,465
Lievin34,370
Agen34,367
Franconville34,284
Sainte-Genevieve-des-Bois33,689
Maubeuge33,684
Bagnolet33,504
Saumur33,229
Biarritz33,188
La Ciotat33,113
Echirolles33,088
Villefranche-sur-Saone32,994
Chatenay-Malabry32,715
Stains32,601
Chatillon32,383
Vienne32,293
Schiltigheim32,289
Les Mureaux32,134
Le Perreux-sur-Marne32,015
Guyancourt31,989
Palaiseau31,987
Saint-Dizier31,918
Creil31,863
Vandoeuvre-les-Nancy31,785
Thonon-les-Bains31,684
Bethune31,568
Colomiers31,363
Nogent-sur-Marne31,236
Athis-Mons31,225
Viry-Chatillon31,131
Houilles31,121
Soissons31,100
Dreux31,058
Charenton-le-Pont30,910
Villeneuve-Saint-Georges30,881
Elancourt30,831
Alencon30,786
Sotteville-les-Rouen30,619
Orange30,530
Villenave-d'Ornon30,347
Pontoise30,290
Villiers-sur-Marne30,252
Chatou30,091
Goussainville30,047
Lomme29,892
Vierzon29,876
Saint-Medard-en-Jalles29,742
Thiais29,724
Carpentras29,709
L'Hay-les-Roses29,703
Menton29,649
Saint-Laurent-du-Var29,516
Saintes29,512
Rochefort29,427
Malakoff29,420
Draveil29,316
Saint-Leu29,278
Saint-Sebastien-sur-Loire29,238
Le Chesnay29,154
Tournefeuille29,124
Clichy-sous-Bois29,062
Chaumont28,981
Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray28,953
Meyzieu28,929
Yerres28,897
Montbeliard28,865
Saint-Cloud28,839
Sens28,700
Laon28,688
Lambersart28,613
Trappes28,367
Rodez28,337
Bergerac28,317
Annemasse28,275
La Garde28,257
Ermont28,117
Rillieux-la-Pape28,076
Villemomble28,001
Pierrefitte-sur-Seine27,914
Le Kremlin-Bicetre27,867
Champs-sur-Marne27,776
Aix-les-Bains27,651
Bezons27,570
Vallauris27,286
Taverny27,271
Illkirch-Graffenstaden27,261
La Teste-de-Buch27,253
Epernay27,082
Villiers-le-Bel27,028
Vichy27,019
Sannois26,869
Gonesse26,758
Vigneux-sur-Seine26,692
Cavaillon26,689
Rambouillet26,674
Cherbourg-Octeville26,655
Armentieres26,646
Lunel26,588
Cachan26,540
Le Grand-Quevilly26,522
Abbeville26,461
La Garenne-Colombes26,385
Montigny-les-Metz26,369
Vanves26,068
Vernon26,037
Savigny-le-Temple25,925
Dole25,878
Villeneuve-sur-Lot25,869
Les Ulis25,785
Marseille 0225,779
Oyonnax25,697
Oullins25,592
Le Creusot25,590
Henin-Beaumont25,371
Orvault25,338
Coudekerque-Branche25,201
Herblay25,153
Ris-Orangis25,082
Sucy-en-Brie25,014
Grigny24,940
Fresnes24,803
Bourgoin24,790
Romainville24,772
Fontenay-aux-Roses24,680
Decines-Charpieu24,674
Saint-Die-des-Vosges24,628
Fontaine24,588
Auch24,494
Bruay-la-Buissiere24,474
Lisieux24,473
Sarreguemines24,446
Torcy24,386
Gradignan24,385
Lanester24,352
Bretigny-sur-Orge24,317
Muret24,313
Bois-Colombes24,300
Blagnac24,263
Herouville-Saint-Clair24,258
Libourne24,240
Le Bouscat24,232
Miramas24,173
Beaune24,162
Eaubonne24,096
Brunoy24,096
Villeparisis23,931
Montfermeil23,829
Sevres23,724
Fougeres23,719
Saint-Pol-sur-Mer23,635
La Madeleine23,572
Gif-sur-Yvette23,541
Bourgoin-Jallieu23,517
Begles23,504
Cahors23,331
Millau23,307
Hazebrouck23,307
Grande-Synthe23,213
La Valette-du-Var23,134
Moulins23,095
Mont-Saint-Aignan23,078
Etampes23,012
Mons-en-Baroeul23,006
Agde23,001
Saint-Ouen-l'Aumone22,977
Vertou22,921
Montgeron22,843
Maisons-Laffitte22,772
Le Puy-en-Velay22,718
Le Petit-Quevilly22,691
Lormont22,636
Olivet22,604
Acheres22,555