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France Summary

Population 2000 (NSO-Based Estimate '000) 58,760   Population 2000 (UN '000) 59,238
Area (km2) 547,120   Avg. Input Resolution (km) 4
Number of Administrative Units 36,585   Population Per Administrative Unit ('000) 2
Number of Urban Extents 441   Number of Settlement Points 348

France Details

Continent Europe
Country Name France
Administrative Classifications
Level Used 4.0
Leve1 Type Departement
Level2 Type Arrondisement
Level3 Type Canton/ville
Level4 Type Commune
Number of Units 36,585
Population Per Unit ('000) (2000, estimate) 2
National Population Estimates
Last Year of Reference 1999
NSO-Based Estimated Population, 1990 ('000) 56,620
NSO-Based Estimated Population, 1995 ('000) 57,600
NSO-Based Estimated Population, 2000 ('000) 58,760
UN Population, 1990 ('000) 56,735
UN Population, 1995 ('000) 58,139
UN Population, 2000 ('000) 59,238
National Spatial Estimates
Area (km2) 547,120
Average Input Resolution (km) 4
Settlement Points
Number of Settlement Points 348
Largest Settlement, by Population (2000, estimate) 11,245,118
Smallest Settlement, by Population (2000, estimate) 8,148
Mean Settlement, by Population (2000, estimate) 125,052
Urban Areal Extents
Number of Urban Extents 441
Largest Urban Extent (km2) 5,688
Smallest Urban Extent (km2) 0
Mean Urban Extent (km2) 196
Total for All Urban Extent (km2) 86,626
Largest Urban Extent (population, 2000) 10,750,205
Smallest Urban Extent (population, 2000) 1,020
Mean Urban Extent (population, 2000) 95,219
Total for All Urban Extent (population, 2000) 41,991,427
% Total Land Area in Urban Extents (km2) 16%
% Total Population in Urban Extents (2000, estimate) 71%
% Total Population that is Urban (2001, UN World Urbanization Prospects) 76%
Urban Areal Extents, by Source
Nighttime Lights Data 941
Regression-estimated Extents 0
Digital Chart of the World 1
Other 0
Administrative Population Source Data:
1990 and 1999 population data from National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (INSEE), . 1999 Commune data from Recensement de la Population. Mars 1999. Les Resultats, .
Administrative Boundary Source Data:
Seamless Administrative Boundaries of Europe (SABE) distributed by Eurographics: (SABE 2001 date of release : February 2003).
Settlement Point Population Source Data:
City Population,; Population Census 1999, Institut National de la Statistique et des Etudes Economiques,
Settlement Point Coordinate Source Data:
Getty, Times Atlas of the World, 1999, NIMA, World Gazetteer
Urban Criteria for Settlements (UN):
Communes with 2,000 inhabitants or more living in houses separated by at most 200 me--tres; or communes in which the majority of the population is part of a multi-communal agglomeration of this nature.
Administrative Population Edits and Notes:
To match the 1990 commune population with the 1999 commune population data, the following edits were made: (1) In Vosges, Ban sur-Meurthe merged with Clefcy. (2) In Vendee, Claye (La) merged with La Bretonniere (3) In Charente, Auge with Saint-Medard; Graves merged with Saint-Amant (4) In Drome, La Repara merged with Auriples (5) In Calvados, L''Oudon merged with Ouezy and Saint Martin de Fresnay (6) In Aisne, Quessy merged with Tergnier (7) In Eure, d''Hellenvilliers merged with Grandvillier (8) In Ille-et-Vilaine, Chatillon-sur-Seiche merged with Noyal-sur-Seiche (9) In Saone-et-Loire, Varenne-sur-le-Doubs merged with Charrette (10) In Haute-Saone, Bithaine-et-le-Val mereged with Adelans (11) In Pas de Calais, Verquigneul merged with Bethune; Berguette and Molinghem merged with Isbergues (12) In Orne, Bagnoles-de-l''Orne merged with Tesse-la-Madeleine See:
Administrative Spatial Edits and Notes: