Montpellier Population 2021

467,858
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Montpellier's 2021 population is now estimated at 467,858. In 1950, the population of Montpellier was 99,559. Montpellier has grown by 5,696 since 2015, which represents a 1.23% 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 Montpellier, which typically includes Montpellier's population in addition to adjacent suburban areas.

Paris may be the most well-known city in France, but it is not the only one deserving of worldwide recognition. The eighth largest city in France is Montpellier and, although the city is smaller than Paris, it is attracting a growing population of people from around the world and is in some ways being compared to Paris. As France's fastest-growing city for the past 25 years, Montpellier is certainly the city to visit and to reside in if you want the Paris experience without the crowds and high tourist prices.

Population Size

The most recent survey of the city's population was taken in 2007, with an earlier one taken in 1999. The population in 1999 was 207,996 people, but by 2007 the population had jumped to 253,712 people.

City Size and Population Density

Montpellier covers a total surface area of 56.88 kilometers squared (21.96 square mile).The population density of the city of Montpellier is currently 4,460.48 people per square kilometer. The city has not seen a downturn in its population since the 1960s as more and more people discover that the larger cities are quite different from some of the smaller ones in France.

Montpellier Population Demographics

The population of Montpellier reflects a demographic split of 54% female and 46% male. For most of its history, and even today, Montpellier is known for its significant Spanish population, heritage and influence. Montpellier also houses important Moroccan, Algerian, and Italian communities.

Ages

Montpellier is, in fact, a young city when looking at the age groups within its borders. The majority – 81,683 people – in Montpellier are between the ages of 15 and 29, while 39,315 of the population falls below the age of 15. The second largest age group are those between the ages of 30 and 44 at 49,171 people. The numbers decrease from that point on with 45 to 59 year olds making up 39,438 people, 60 to 74 year olds at 25,342, and 18,763 people over the age of 75.

Unemployment

The unemployment rates in France have been under scrutiny in recent years and the unemployment level in Montpellier is higher that of the whole country. The current unemployment rate in the city is 14.3%. That is high, but it is estimated that the increase in population and the fact that Montpellier is attracting more business every year will soon see the unemployment rate decrease. For those that have employment, the average salary is 1,836.72 per month so for those that can find employment, Montpellier can hold some great opportunities.

Education

The University of Montpellier is one of the oldest in the world, having been founded in 1160.

Transportation Modes

Getting around a city such as Montpellier can be a little difficult when driving or walking. Luckily, the city of Montpellier has an exceptional transit system. The buses are denoted with numbers to specify their destination, but they are also painted with different designs depending on their route. This may not be like other transit systems, but it is fun for locals and tourists alike to look for the colors rather than just the numbers. The standard fare for a bus ride is $1.68, so it can be the cheapest form of travel throughout the city as well. There is an option to purchase a monthly transit card for the service and that cost is $55.90 per month, making it even cheaper to use the transit system when in the city.

In addition, the city transportation department has made bike-sharing available with numerous docks located throughout the city for the use of the public.

Montpellier Population 2021

Year Population Growth Rate Growth
2035519,8470.57%2,958
2034516,8890.59%3,025
2033513,8640.60%3,082
2032510,7820.62%3,124
2031507,6580.63%3,176
2030504,4820.65%3,239
2029501,2430.67%3,330
2028497,9130.70%3,458
2027494,4550.74%3,643
2026490,8120.80%3,889
2025486,9230.87%4,199
2024482,7240.95%4,561
2023478,1631.05%4,957
2022473,2061.14%5,348
2021467,8581.23%5,696
2020462,1621.31%5,963
2019456,1991.36%6,122
2018450,0771.39%6,160
2017443,9171.39%6,075
2016437,8421.39%5,992
2015431,8501.39%5,910
2014425,9401.39%5,829
2013420,1111.39%5,741
2012414,3701.39%5,679
2011408,6911.39%5,593
2010403,0981.39%5,516
2009397,5821.39%5,434
2008392,1481.39%5,374
2007386,7741.39%5,293
2006381,4811.39%5,220
2005376,2611.39%5,142
2004371,1191.39%5,086
2003366,0331.39%5,009
2002361,0241.39%4,941
2001356,0831.39%4,866
2000351,2171.39%4,813
1999346,4041.49%5,094
1998341,3101.54%5,183
1997336,1271.54%5,098
1996331,0291.54%5,034
1995325,9951.54%4,950
1994321,0451.54%4,876
1993316,1691.54%4,795
1992311,3741.54%4,735
1991306,6391.54%4,656
1990301,9831.62%4,822
1989297,1611.66%4,847
1988292,3141.66%4,782
1987287,5321.66%4,697
1986282,8351.66%4,620
1985278,2151.66%4,538
1984273,6771.66%4,477
1983269,2001.66%4,397
1982264,8032.68%6,916
1981257,8873.17%7,920
1980249,9673.18%7,697
1979242,2703.17%7,451
1978234,8193.17%7,222
1977227,5973.17%6,990
1976220,6073.18%6,793
1975213,8142.93%6,096
1974207,7182.80%5,660
1973202,0582.80%5,499
1972196,5592.80%5,363
1971191,1962.80%5,210
1970185,9862.80%5,068
1969180,9182.80%4,924
1968175,9944.59%7,731
1967168,2635.49%8,760
1966159,5035.49%8,304
1965151,1995.48%7,861
1964143,3385.50%7,473
1963135,8655.49%7,073
1962128,7923.70%4,599
1961124,1932.88%3,471
1960120,7222.88%3,383
1959117,3392.88%3,284
1958114,0552.88%3,193
1957110,8622.87%3,098
1956107,7642.88%3,020
1955104,7442.88%2,932
1954101,8120.81%823
1953100,9890.48%478
1952100,5110.48%478
1951100,0330.48%474
195099,5590.00%

Montpellier 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%

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

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