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Toulouse, une ville dynamique

Toulouse, one of the most dynamic regions in Europe

Toulouse is 1st French metropolis for economic growth, demographic evolution, job creation and investment in R&D.

1.31.3 million inhabitants

4th urban area in France

2.9economic growth

GPD/inhabitant annually per year of GDP / inhabitant - 1st city in France

18k+18,000 inhabitants per year in 2021

+33% in 20 years

Some records:

  • World capital of aeronautics
  • European capital of the space industry
  • Toulouse plays a key role in international space projects such as Galileo, Curiosity (Mars) or Philae...
  • 25% of population are students
  • European capital of Science, the city hosted the 2018 edition of the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF)
  • 8 local researchers ranked as world’s most influential scientists; more than double that of rankings found in other cities in the region (Clarivate Analytics, 2019)

Other important facts:

  • Jean Tirole, laureate of the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel in 2014
  • 3 UNESCO World Heritage sites
Toulouse et la Garonne

Toulouse, the most attractive city in France

According to the Arthur Loyd barometer of 2023, Toulouse is the most attractive city in France for 5 reasons:

  • Its ability to recruit
  • Its innovation
  • Its ecological sensitivity
  • Their quality of life
  • Its accessible accommodation
Toulouse Métropole

1st French metropolis for

  • Economic growth: +2,9%/year in GDP per capita  – in Europe’s top 10 urban areas (of more than 1m people (400 in Europe), Eurostat Urban Europe 2016)
  • Demographic growth:
    • 1,3m population – 4th French urban area
    • +200 000 people in 10 years – in Europe’s top 10 urban areas (Eurostat Urban Europe 2016)
  • Job creation: +70 000 employees in the private sector in 10 years
  • First region for the share of GDP devoted to R&D (3.7%) and the only region to have reached the 3% objective put in place by the European Commission as part of the Europe 2020 strategy (Insee, 2017)
  • Having 14 competitiveness clusters, the region counts more than any other in France (Insee 2017)
  • Balance of trade: +€8,7bn. in 2016 (France: - 64,6bn)
  • Employee and worker satisfaction: 1st city in 8 developed countries (Censuswide 2016 – in front of Halifax, Charlotte, Dortmund and Berlin)
  • Start-up creations (excluding Paris – Trendeo 2016)

*The Toulouse-Paris flight is the most frequented in Europe with 2.3M passengers/year*

Aéroport de Toulouse-Blagnac

An international airport

  • Best rated French airport in the Airport Service Quality survey (80.6/100)
  • 23 new lines. Increase in national (+2.6%) and international (+10.5%) traffic
  • 7.8M passengers in 2023 (including 61% international)
  • 82 destinations including 72 international lines
  • 2 new long-haul lines: Montreal and Doha

Toulouse, France’s city with the most job creations

In terms of job creation press releases in French media
According to the national investment observatory Trendeo
*September 2017

Toulouse in France’s top 3 metropolises for: 

  • Number of startups created between 2014 and 2016 : Paris 1st, Toulouse 2nd, Lyon 3rd
  • Number of fundraising: Toulouse 1st (83),  Lyon 2nd (74), Bordeaux 3rd (66)
  • Jobs created by startups: Montpellier, Paris, Toulouse
Place Saint-Pierre à Toulouse

Toulouse in France’s top 3 metropolises for:

#1 Number of funds raised

#2 Startup creation 2014 – 2016

#3 Job creation in startups