Top 10 Most Populous Regions in France

List of the 10 most populous regions in France. The most populous region in France is Île-de-France, followed by Auvergne – Rhône – Alpes and Nouvelle-Aquitaine.

List of the 10 most populous regions in France

The list of the 10 most populous regions in France includes the list of regions in France taking into account their population. The most populous region in France is Île-de -France followed by the region of Auvergne – Rhône – Alpes and the region of Nouvelle-Aquitaine that complete the podium in the ranking of the regions of France with the most population in 2019. The Île-de-France and Auvergne – Rhône – Alpes regions stand out from the other regions in terms of population because each region has some of the most populous departments in France and the most populous French cities. The Île-de-France region is more populous than some European Union countries, such as Portugal.

List of the 10 most populous regions in France

10th Normandy

Opening this list of the 10 most populous regions in France is the Normandy region, one of the northern regions of France.

Normandy

9th Brittany

With 3,329,395 inhabitants, Brittany is one of the most populous regions of France where important cities such as Brest or Rennes are located.

8th Pays de la Loire

Neighboring Brittany, Pays de la Loire is a region that has one of the largest French cities in the area and where the mythical Le Mans 24-hour circuit is located.

7th Provence – Alps – Côte d’Azur

It is in this region that Marseille is located, one of the most populous and largest cities in France. Another noteworthy fact is that it has both a wide coastline and imposing mountains such as the Alps.

6th Grand Est

With 5,518,188 inhabitants, the Grand Est region is one of the largest regions in France and one of the most populous regions in the European country.

5th Occitania

The South of France region has some of the most populous cities in France, such as Montpellier and Toulouse.

4th Hauts-de-France

The northernmost region of France is one of the most populous regions thanks to some of the most populous departments in France.

3rd Nouvelle-Aquitaine

On the podium of the most populous regions in France is the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region with almost 6 million inhabitants, in a wine region par excellence.

2nd Auvergne – Rhone – Alps

With more than 8 million inhabitants, the region of Auvergne – Rhône – Alpes is included in this ranking due to having one of the most populous cities in France, such as Lyon.

1st Ile-de-France

The most populous region in France is Île-de-France with over 12 million inhabitants, driven by the French capital which is one of the most populous cities in Europe.

List of the 10 most populous regions in France

Position region name Population
1 Île-de-France 12,213,364
two Auvergne – Rhone – Alps 8,026,685
3 Nouvelle-Aquitaine 5,987,014
4 Hauts-de-France 5,978,266
5 occitania 5,892,817
6 Grand Est 5,518,188
7 Provence – Alps – Côte d’Azur 5,059,473
8 Pays de la Loire 3,786,545
9 Brittany 3,329,395
10 Normandy 3,319,067