Lausanne is located in Switzerland. More specifically, it is found in the canton of Vaud, where it is not just the capital but also the most populous city. It is also the fourth most populous in the entire country, boasting a population of 137,810. The urban area has a population of 420,000, while the metro area has over 1.2 million residents.
City Size and Population Density
The area of the city itself is just 41.38 square kilometers (15.98 square miles). This puts the population density at 3,400 residents per square kilometer (8,700 individuals residing per square mile).
Demographics of Population
Lausanne is a very diverse city, with people from all over the world calling it home. Approximately 42% of its residents are foreign. The largest group comes from Portugal, with over 10,000 residents being born in this country. Lausanne is also home to residents originally from France, Italy, Spain, Kosovo, Germany, Turkey, and other countries. Over 12% of the population are originally from Lausanne. Over 80,000 residents are Swiss citizens, making up 58% of the population.
The language most commonly spoke here is French, which is spoken by over 98,000 residents. German is the second most common language but is only spoken by 4.3% of residents.
A large number of residents are younger, with 16.8% between the ages of 20 and 29 and 17.6% between the ages of 30 and 39.
Lausanne Population Growth
Lausanne has seen steady population growth throughout the last decade due to migration. Looking at these past trends indicate that Lausanne’s population is only going to continue to grow well into the future.