Bordeaux Population 2018

Paris may be the first place in France that comes to mind and it is certainly one of the most populated cities in the country, but it is not the only city in France that has made an impact on the country. Bordeaux is the sixth largest city in France and boasts the most famous wine industry in the world. This port city directly on the Garonne River has much to offer both residents and tourists alike.

City Size and Population Density

The city of Bordeaux has 49 square kilomters of area in the city proper, expanding to 1,172 square kilometers in the urban area, and further expanding to 5,613 square kilometers in the entire metropolitan area. The population density is upwards of 5,000 individuals per square kilometer.

Demographics

The population of Bordeaux is 241,287 and, of that overall population, demographics show that there are 112,890 males and 128,397 females. 72.5% of the overall population falls between the ages of 15 and 64. There is an estimated 14% of the population below the age of 15 and 10.5% of the population over the age of 65.

91.7% of Bordeaux residents identify as citizens of France, with only 8.3% of the population classified as immigrants.

Wine

You cannot speak of Bordeaux without talking about wine. It is what the area of France is known for and it is one of the largest industries in the country. The wine production in Bordeaux comes commercially from 66 different appellations. On these lands, the number of acres for wine production is 296,596. There are also 7,375 wineries producing and housing over 10,000 vintages of Bordeaux wines. The overall value of wines produced in the Bordeaux region alone has grown to a staggering $2 billion annually – that is approximately 900 million bottles of wine produced each year. Quite a feat for any city, and the world of wine would be much worse off without the amazing flavor of Bordeaux wines.

Architecture

One of the least talked about aspects of Bordeaux is the architecture. When so many old buildings have been torn down due to development, Bordeaux has worked to ensure that the unique architecture of every part of its history remains for all to see. Although some of the structures have been lost to time, the efforts put forth by private citizens as well as the government have maintained over 5,000 unique architectural buildings throughout the city. It is one of the most complete collections of architectural history anywhere in the world.

Transportation

Getting around a large city like Bordeaux can be difficult, especially if you do not understand the culture. Bordeaux is quite a crowded city and therefore it is unwise to drive to your destination. The best way to get to and from where you want to go is by public transportation, which is quite reliable. The buses are the most obvious means of transport, but it is advised to keep off the buses during the peak hours of 8 am to 10am and 4pm to 7pm, as the city center will be in gridlock at that time of the day. To get to the main parts of Bordeaux, the best way to travel is by walking, biking, or using the electric tram. This is how the locals often travel, and tends to be the fastest way to get around.

Population Growth History

In 1793 the population of Bordeaux was near 104,500 residents. This dropped to nearly 91,000 in 1800. The population grew slowly until 1921 when the population reached 267,000 - the peak of the population over its history. Since this time, the population has had little growths and losses but has remained fairly steady with a population over 208,000.

Bordeaux Population in 2018Source: By Alexandre Duret-Lutz (originally posted to Flickr as imgp3976m) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Bordeaux Population Data (Urban Area)

Year Population Growth Rate (%) Growth
20351,086,3620.60%32,088
20301,054,2740.70%36,205
20251,018,0690.99%49,076
2020968,9931.24%23,500
2018945,4931.28%35,410
2015910,0831.28%56,093
2010853,9901.15%47,597
2005806,3931.07%41,762
2000764,6310.94%34,771
1995729,8600.89%31,506
1990698,3541.05%35,498
1985662,8560.91%29,508
1980633,3480.63%19,515
1975613,8331.01%30,070
1970583,7631.46%40,691
1965543,0721.89%48,567
1960494,5052.03%47,335
1955447,1700.77%16,812
1950430,3580.00%
Bordeaux Population Growth

Bordeaux's 2018 population is now estimated at 945,493. In 1950, the population of Bordeaux was 430,358. Bordeaux has grown by 35,410 since 2015, which represents a 1.28% annual change. These population estimates and projections come from the latest revision of the UN World Urbanization Prospects. These estimates represent the Urban agglomeration of Bordeaux, which typically includes Bordeaux's population in addition to adjacent suburban areas.

Data Sources
  1. World Urbanization Prospects - United Nations population estimates and projections of major Urban Agglomerations