Toulouse Population 2022

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Toulouse is a city in France, and it serves as the capital Haute-Garonne department and the Occitanie region. As of 2016, the city has a population of 950,000.

Toulouse has a population of 950,000, although the metropolitan area has a much larger population of over 1.2 million, the fourth largest in the country of France. The city is known for its aerospace industry, unique architecture and its world-renowned university.

Toulouse Demographics

The population of the urban area of Toulouse in 2016 is 950,000, up from 892,000 in 2011. Looking back at past date shows that the area has had steady growth throughout the years. The population has almost quadrupled since 1954, when it was just around 268,000. In 1975, the population exceeded 500,000 and continued to grow until it has now reached almost one million. The metropolitan area has also showed growth, growing from less than 500,000 in 1968 to over 1.2 million in 2016.

Toulouse is the 4th largest city in France, trailing Paris, Marseille and Lyon. It is also the 4th largest metropolis. The city’s high-tech and aerospace industries have led to population booms throughout the last few decades, posting a 1.49% annual growth rate throughout the 1990s and setting a record with 1.87% annual growth during the 2000s. There have been estimated to be about 2,500 Jewish families and 35,000 Muslims residing in Toulouse. Most of the residents of Toulouse are Roman Catholic, and the city is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Toulouse. The city has the fourth highest student population in France, recording approximately 103,000 students in 2011.

Toulouse History

Toulouse’s history dates back to around 8th century BC. The city was first settled by Volques Tectosages. Because of its location between the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, the city became a center of trade. Toulouse was named as the capital of the County of Toulouse during the Carolingian Era. In the 12th century, religious turmoil plagued the area, leading to troubled years.

In 1229, Toulouse submitted to the crown of France. In 1271, the city was incorporated into the kingdom of France and became a center of intellect and art. The 14th century, however, brought disasters to the city though the invasion of the Crusaders, the Black Death and the Hundred Years’ War. These problems caused the population to decrease by 10,000 despite continued immigration to the city. Toulouse began to prosper during the 15th century, but trouble came again in the 16th century in the form of religious conflict, plague and famine.

During the late 1700s and 1800s, religious intolerance began to gradually disappear, and the city was back on track to begin showing growth again. During the 18th century, modernization and urban rebuilding began. In 1856, the transportation sector began to grow, including the widening of streets, and the city began to prosper once again. Through the 20th century, immigrants began to come to Toulouse, particularly as industries including aerospace and chemical manufacturing began to grow.

Today, Toulouse is the fourth most populous city and metropolis in the country. It is considered the center of the European aerospace industry, hosts the largest space center in Europe and has one of the busiest air routes in France. It has been named the most dynamic city in France, and it has become a popular tourist destination because of its unique pink terracotta buildings, its extensive collection of artifacts found in its museums and its historic religious buildings, among other attractions and landmarks.

Toulouse Population Growth

Toulouse will see continued growth throughout the years that should help it maintain its position as France’s fourth most populous city. 2016’s urban population of 950,000 is expected to grow to 1 million in 2020. By the end of 2030, the population for the city is estimated to be almost 1.1 million.

Year Population
1950268,600
1951269,582
1952270,568
1953271,555
1954273,933
1955284,891
1956296,304
1957308,142
1958320,469
1959333,289
1960346,641
1961360,489
1962373,986
1963385,936
1964398,285
1965410,993
1966424,126
1967437,678
1968449,797
1969458,367
1970467,113
1971476,026
1972485,121
1973494,365
1974503,797
1975511,493
1976515,854
1977520,241
1978524,670
1979529,138
1980533,649
1981538,187
1982545,334
1983557,988
1984570,953
1985584,182
1986597,738
1987611,607
1988625,818
1989640,319
1990654,020
1991665,549
1992677,297
1993689,219
1994701,368
1995713,731
1996726,330
1997739,115
1998752,143
1999764,471
2000775,037
2001785,720
2002796,566
2003807,561
2004818,723
2005830,008
2006841,465
2007853,080
2008864,871
2009877,206
2010889,737
2011902,447
2012915,356
2013928,414
2014941,676
2015955,127
2016968,770
2017982,608
2018996,644
20191,010,593
20201,024,166
20211,037,115
20221,049,246
20231,060,460
20241,070,746
20251,080,184
20261,088,897
20271,097,035
20281,104,740
20291,112,148
20301,119,344
20311,126,395
20321,133,330
20331,140,169
20341,146,881
20351,153,443

Toulouse Population 2022

Year Population Growth Rate Growth
1950268,6000.00%
1951269,5820.37%982
1952270,5680.37%986
1953271,5550.36%987
1954273,9330.88%2,378
1955284,8914.00%10,958
1956296,3044.01%11,413
1957308,1424.00%11,838
1958320,4694.00%12,327
1959333,2894.00%12,820
1960346,6414.01%13,352
1961360,4893.99%13,848
1962373,9863.74%13,497
1963385,9363.20%11,950
1964398,2853.20%12,349
1965410,9933.19%12,708
1966424,1263.20%13,133
1967437,6783.20%13,552
1968449,7972.77%12,119
1969458,3671.91%8,570
1970467,1131.91%8,746
1971476,0261.91%8,913
1972485,1211.91%9,095
1973494,3651.91%9,244
1974503,7971.91%9,432
1975511,4931.53%7,696
1976515,8540.85%4,361
1977520,2410.85%4,387
1978524,6700.85%4,429
1979529,1380.85%4,468
1980533,6490.85%4,511
1981538,1870.85%4,538
1982545,3341.33%7,147
1983557,9882.32%12,654
1984570,9532.32%12,965
1985584,1822.32%13,229
1986597,7382.32%13,556
1987611,6072.32%13,869
1988625,8182.32%14,211
1989640,3192.32%14,501
1990654,0202.14%13,701
1991665,5491.76%11,529
1992677,2971.77%11,748
1993689,2191.76%11,922
1994701,3681.76%12,149
1995713,7311.76%12,363
1996726,3301.77%12,599
1997739,1151.76%12,785
1998752,1431.76%13,028
1999764,4711.64%12,328
2000775,0371.38%10,566
2001785,7201.38%10,683
2002796,5661.38%10,846
2003807,5611.38%10,995
2004818,7231.38%11,162
2005830,0081.38%11,285
2006841,4651.38%11,457
2007853,0801.38%11,615
2008864,8711.38%11,791
2009877,2061.43%12,335
2010889,7371.43%12,531
2011902,4471.43%12,710
2012915,3561.43%12,909
2013928,4141.43%13,058
2014941,6761.43%13,262
2015955,1271.43%13,451
2016968,7701.43%13,643
2017982,6081.43%13,838
2018996,6441.43%14,036
20191,010,5931.40%13,949
20201,024,1661.34%13,573
20211,037,1151.26%12,949
20221,049,2461.17%12,131
20231,060,4601.07%11,214
20241,070,7460.97%10,286
20251,080,1840.88%9,438
20261,088,8970.81%8,713
20271,097,0350.75%8,138
20281,104,7400.70%7,705
20291,112,1480.67%7,408
20301,119,3440.65%7,196
20311,126,3950.63%7,051
20321,133,3300.62%6,935
20331,140,1690.60%6,839
20341,146,8810.59%6,712
20351,153,4430.57%6,562

Toulouse Population Data (Urban Area)

Name 2022 Population 2022 Growth
Paris11,142,3030.58%
Lyon1,747,5750.81%
Marseille1,620,2270.40%
Lille1,073,3950.50%
Toulouse1,049,2461.17%
Bordeaux990,6501.07%
Nice945,3120.21%
Nantes692,5821.05%
Toulon583,7190.42%
Grenoble533,7730.58%
Douai Lens501,5830.13%
Strasbourg480,8180.59%
Avignon474,8900.58%
Montpellier473,2061.14%
Rouen472,4810.30%
Saint Etienne376,7080.28%
Tours363,6580.48%
Rennes361,6371.05%
Bethune360,0670.31%
Valenciennes339,8630.30%

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