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Old Posted Jan 21, 2016, 9:27 PM
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Here are the French and German municipalities of more than 10,000 inhabitants which had the highest population growths and population decreases in 2012. I have also included the arrondissements of Paris, Lyon, and Marseille, as well as the urban districts of Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Cologne, and Frankfurt with more than 10,000 inhabitants.

The one with the highest growth in 2012 was a surprise for me! (although of course if we selected municipalities with less than 10,000 inh. we could find higher relative growth around Toulouse, Geneva, and Disneyland Paris)

German municipalities and urban districts are in bold.

Population growth in 2012:
- Kalbach-Riedberg (urban district of Frankfurt): +16.84%
- Porto-Vecchio (Corsica): +12.82%
- Castanet-Tolosan (suburb of Toulouse): +8.29%
- Limeil-Brévannes (suburb of Paris): +8.12%
- Castelnau-le-Lez (suburb of Montpellier): +7.04%
- Ramonville-Saint-Agne (suburb of Toulouse): +6.86%
- Wattignies (suburb of Lille): +6.00%
- Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume (exurb of Marseille): +5.81%
- Saint-Martin-de-Crau (Provence): +5.51%
- Massy (suburb of Paris): +5.46%
- Sainte-Luce-sur-Loire (suburb of Nantes): +5.34%
- La Roche-sur-Foron (Savoy): +5.16%
- Persan (exurb of Paris): +5.13%
- Maripasoula (French Guiana): +5.09%
- Monteux (in the Avignon conurbation): +5.06%
- Lieusaint (suburb of Paris): +5.00%
- Villebon-sur-Yvette (suburb of Paris): +4.92%
- Onet-le-Château (suburb of Rodez): +4.82%
- Valenton (suburb of Paris): +4.81%
- Balma (suburb of Toulouse): +4.80%
- Rumilly (Savoy): +4.79%
- Guidel (exurb of Lorient): +4.68%
- Remire-Montjoly (suburb of Cayenne): +4.59%
- Saint-Jacques-de-la-Lande (suburb of Rennes): +4.54%
- Draguignan (Provence): +4.53%
- Biscarrosse (Gascony): +4.42%
- Seynod (suburb of Annecy): +4.39%
- Lavaur (Upper Languedoc): +4.38%
- Colomiers (suburb of Toulouse): +4.37%
- Saint-Estève (suburb of Perpignan): +4.26%
- Bruges (suburb of Bordeaux): +4.21%
- Merheim (urban district of Cologne): +4.13%
- Lichtenberg (urban district of Berlin; this is the Ortsteil Lichtenberg, not the Bezirk Lichtenberg): +4.11%
- Rosny-sous-Bois (suburb of Paris): +4.09%
- Cogolin (French Riviera): +4.08%
- Trappes (suburb of Paris): +4.05%
- La Chapelle-sur-Erdre (suburb of Nantes): +3.97%
- Ostheim (urban district of Cologne): +3.94%
- Vigneux-sur-Seine (suburb of Paris): +3.88%
- Châteauneuf-les-Martigues (suburb of Marseille): +3.88%
- Cachan (suburb of Paris): +3.87%
- Saint-Julien-en-Genevois (suburb of Geneva): +3.82%
- Altona-Altstadt (urban district of Hamburg): +3.82%
- Amilly (suburb of Montargis): +3.79%
- Glinde (suburb of Hamburg): +3.76%
- Le Bourget (suburb of Paris): +3.76%
- Valbonne (suburb of Nice): +3.75%
- Tiergarten-Süd (urban district of Berlin): +3.75%
- Gaillac (Upper Languedoc): +3.72%
- Gaillard (suburb of Geneva): +3.72%
- Haselhorst (urban district of Berlin): +3.68%
- Francheville (suburb of Lyon): +3.64%
- Bayonne: +3.57%
- Cesson-Sévigné (suburb of Rennes): +3.57%
- Villeneuve-le-Roi (suburb of Paris): +3.53%
- Mantes-la-Jolie (suburb of Paris): +3.53%
- Décines-Charpieu (suburb of Lyon): +3.53%
- Ambarès-et-Lagrave (suburb of Bordeaux): +3.52%
- Corbeil-Essonnes (suburb of Paris): +3.51%
- Macouria (exurb of Cayenne): +3.50%
- Orly (suburb of Paris): +3.46%
- Maizières-lès-Metz (suburb of Metz): +3.42%
- Bockenheim (urban district of Frankfurt): +3.41%
- Saint-André-de-Cubzac (exurb of Bordeaux): +3.35%
- Castelsarrasin (borders of Languedoc and Gascony): +3.34%
- Eysines (suburb of Bordeaux): +3.32%
- Annemasse (main suburb of Geneva on French soil): +3.30%
- Palaiseau (suburb of Paris): +3.29%
- Olivet (suburb of Orléans): +3.29%
- Trets (suburb of Marseille): +3.24%
- Teltow (suburb of Berlin): +3.23%
- Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez (in coastal Vendée): +3.20%
- Sainte-Marie (suburb of St Denis, La Réunion): +3.19%
- Tarare (between Lyon and Roanne): +3.19%
- Oberschöneweide (urban district of Berlin): +3.19%
- Le Luc (Provence): +3.13%
- Lézignan-Corbières (Languedoc): +3.12%
- Oberschleißheim (suburb of Munich): +3.11%
- Crépy-en-Valois (exurb of Paris): +3.09%
- Waidmannslust (urban district of Berlin): +3.08%
- Betton (exurb of Rennes): +3.07%
- Plaisance-du-Touch (suburb of Toulouse): +3.07%
- Bagnolet (suburb of Paris): +3.05%
- Choisy-le-Roi (suburb of Paris): +3.04%
- Gallus (urban district of Frankfurt): +3.02%
- Aubing-Lochhausen-Langwied (urban district of Munich): +3.01%
- Marck (suburb of Calais): +3.01%
- Lingolsheim (suburb of Strasbourg): +3.00%
- Saint-Cyr-l'École (suburb of Paris): +3.00%

Kalbach-Riedberg and Castanet-Tolosan are two very interesting cases. Aside from Porto-Vecchio in Corsica, they had the highest growth of all municipalities/urban districts with more than 10,000 inh. in 2012. They both have roughly the same size (Kalbach-Riedberg covers 6.9 km² whereas Castanet-Tolosan covers 8.2 km²), same population (on Jan. 1, 2013, Kalbach-Riedberg had 12,019 inh. while Castanet-Tolosan had 12,388 inh.), and roughly the same distance from the center of their metropolises (Kalbach-Riedberg is 8.5 km from the center of Frankfurt as the crow flies, whereas Castanet-Tolosan is 10.3 km from the center of Toulouse), but of course the big difference is Kalbach-Riedberg is part of the municipality of Frankfurt, whereas Castanet-Tolosan is still a totally independent municipality separate from Toulouse due to the completely stupid and outdated municipality structure of France.

To make things worse, Castanet-Tolosan is not even part of the Toulouse Metropolis, but it is part of a separate intercommunality (Gemeindeverband) made up of municipalities in the south-eastern suburbs of Toulouse which have stubbornly refused to join the Toulouse Metropolis, and as such its urban development is absolutely not coordinated with that of Toulouse (but of course dependent on it in every respect; for example these municipalities are begging the Toulouse Metropolis to extend line B of the Toulouse subway to serve their communities, even though they refused to join the Toulouse Metropolis in the first place).

I have indicated the respective locations of Castanet-Tolosan and Kalbach-Riedberg on these comparative maps of Toulouse and Frankfurt which are at the same scale. Castanet-Tolosan lies outside of the blue area because there are denser suburbs around Toulouse proper that form an area the same size as the municipality of Frankfurt.

Incidentally, we can note that Frankfurt grows much more than its metro area. In 2012 the 248 km² of the municipality of Frankfurt grew by +1.66%, whereas the Rhine-Main metro area grew by only +0.75%. In Toulouse it's the opposite. The 248 km² at the center of the metro area grew by +1.41%, which is less than the entire metro area of Toulouse (+1.63% in 2012). So not only the municipality of Toulouse controls less of its suburban developments than the municipality of Frankfurt (because smaller administrative territory), but its suburban development also happens further away than in Frankfurt, where it is more centrally located. Really two very different types of urban/metropolitan developments at the moment.

On the ground, this is how Kalbach-Riedberg and Castanet-Tolosan look like.

(all views are from March 2010)

"Start in your new 'home sweet home'!"

(here we can compare several years)

Typical new villas on the hills:

Down in the plain in July 2008:

The same spot 4 years later in July 2012!

July 2008:

Same spot in July 2012:

Ok, this post is long enough, so I'll post the French and German municipalitie/urban districts with the worst population decreases in 2012 another day.
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Last edited by New Brisavoine; Jan 26, 2016 at 7:45 PM.
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