Lille Population 2021

1,068,051
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Lille's 2021 population is now estimated at 1,068,051. In 1950, the population of Lille was 750,555. Lille has grown by 4,966 since 2015, which represents a 0.47% 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 Lille, which typically includes Lille's population in addition to adjacent suburban areas.

Lille is a city located in France. The city is located in the north and is the capital of the Hauts-de-France region. Current estimates put the population at 228,652 people, making it the 10th most populous city in France. The larger urban area has a population exceeding 1 million, the 5th largest urban area in the country.

City Size and Population Density

The city of Lille covers a total surface area of 34.8 km2 (13.4 sq mi). When we look at the population in total and combine it with the provided space for the city, the population density comes to about 6,600/km2 (17,000/sq mi).

Lille Demographics

Lille has more female than male residents, making up 51.8% of the total population. The largest group of people in the city is those that fall into the 15 to 29 demographic, who account for over 85,000 people. The majority of the people who live in Lille are citizens of France. There are over 27,000 immigrants that call Lille home.

Lille History

The first written evidence of Lille dates back to 1066, although it is believed that the city was founded as far back as 640. At the time, the city was known as L’Isle. The city was built around a castle along the Deûle River and a port. In its earlier days, Lille had a market square and a strong urban center, which is what is now known as Old Lille. During the 13th century, Lille was the center of many disputes between the Kings of France and the Counts of Flander. A coalition was formed to defend against Philippe Auguste’s claims on the northern regions.

In 1363, Flanders became a part of the Duchy of Burgundy and was one of the three capitals of the state. In the late 1400s, Lille fell into Habsburg control. During the 1600s, there were two expansions of the city. The town was again enlarged during the late 1600s. In the late 1700s, Austrians attacked Lille, destroying many of the buildings. During the 1800s, the city of Lille began to develop significantly. Streets were built, institutions were erected, and this was a time of industrialization. During this period, the population doubled.

The city today is one that is attractive to a younger population, with many of its residents being under the age of 25. The city has been named the European Capital of Culture. It has also become a hot tourist spot, with a casino and hotels being built to accommodate those who want to visit this thriving French city.

Lille Population Growth

Lille is a city that is attractive to younger residents because of its culture, attractions, and history. This thriving city has seen extensive population growth throughout the years, and most recently, growth has been slow but steady. Since 2007, the city has seen growth of approximately 0.5% annually, a number that is expected to continue as more residents see the appeal of this young and vibrant city.

Lille Population 2021

Year Population Growth Rate Growth
20351,160,0090.57%6,597
20341,153,4120.59%6,743
20331,146,6690.60%6,857
20321,139,8120.61%6,922
20311,132,8900.62%6,971
20301,125,9190.62%6,992
20291,118,9270.63%6,980
20281,111,9470.63%6,917
20271,105,0300.62%6,809
20261,098,2210.61%6,633
20251,091,5880.59%6,389
20241,085,1990.56%6,079
20231,079,1200.53%5,725
20221,073,3950.50%5,344
20211,068,0510.47%4,966
20201,063,0850.44%4,627
20191,058,4580.41%4,370
20181,054,0880.40%4,224
20171,049,8640.40%4,207
20161,045,6570.40%4,189
20151,041,4680.40%4,173
20141,037,2950.40%4,157
20131,033,1380.40%4,133
20121,029,0050.40%4,129
20111,024,8760.40%4,106
20101,020,7700.40%4,090
20091,016,6800.40%4,054
20081,012,6260.14%1,386
20071,011,2400.14%1,382
20061,009,8580.14%1,380
20051,008,4780.14%1,377
20041,007,1010.14%1,378
20031,005,7230.14%1,375
20021,004,3480.14%1,373
20011,002,9750.14%1,369
20001,001,6060.14%1,371
19991,000,2350.21%2,107
1998998,1280.25%2,451
1997995,6770.25%2,441
1996993,2360.25%2,443
1995990,7930.25%2,433
1994988,3600.25%2,427
1993985,9330.25%2,417
1992983,5160.25%2,419
1991981,0970.25%2,409
1990978,6880.21%2,087
1989976,6010.20%1,931
1988974,6700.20%1,932
1987972,7380.20%1,925
1986970,8130.20%1,922
1985968,8910.20%1,916
1984966,9750.20%1,917
1983965,0580.20%1,910
1982963,1480.33%3,213
1981959,9350.40%3,818
1980956,1170.40%3,813
1979952,3040.40%3,793
1978948,5110.40%3,777
1977944,7340.40%3,758
1976940,9760.40%3,753
1975937,2230.60%5,578
1974931,6450.71%6,571
1973925,0740.71%6,516
1972918,5580.71%6,488
1971912,0700.71%6,433
1970905,6370.71%6,388
1969899,2490.71%6,334
1968892,9151.02%9,028
1967883,8871.17%10,265
1966873,6221.18%10,146
1965863,4761.17%10,014
1964853,4621.18%9,924
1963843,5381.18%9,797
1962833,7411.19%9,803
1961823,9381.20%9,731
1960814,2071.20%9,643
1959804,5641.20%9,515
1958795,0491.20%9,403
1957785,6461.20%9,279
1956776,3671.20%9,194
1955767,1731.20%9,073
1954758,1000.35%2,680
1953755,4200.22%1,623
1952753,7970.22%1,624
1951752,1730.22%1,618
1950750,5550.00%

Lille Population Data (Urban Area)

Name 2021 Population 2021 Growth
Paris11,078,5460.56%
Lyon1,733,5810.83%
Marseille1,613,7970.35%
Lille1,068,0510.47%
Toulouse1,037,1151.26%
Bordeaux980,1301.15%
Nice943,3420.12%
Nantes685,3771.12%
Toulon581,2640.37%
Grenoble530,6900.56%
Douai Lens500,9210.03%
Strasbourg477,9780.58%
Avignon472,1470.56%
Rouen471,0730.23%
Montpellier467,8581.23%
Saint Etienne375,6520.21%
Tours361,9370.44%
Bethune358,9500.24%
Rennes357,8741.12%
Valenciennes338,8480.23%

Other Cities in France

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

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