Discover the areas of France where no one lives thanks to this surprising map


Author: Clark Tos
2023-01-25 21:06:02

A funny map of France has been developed by Zeste de Savoir, on which are listed the territories of France where no one lives.

Population density of France. Credit: Zest of Knowledge

Based on INSEE data dating back to 2017, the knowledge-sharing site, Zeste de Savoir, has concocted a map of France unprecedented. Using dots of different colors, the site materializes the number of inhabitants per square kilometer in each region of France.

Thus, the map shows the many disparities that exist in our territory. A would like Paris and its suburbs concentrate the most inhabitants per square kilometer with 20,545. While the Parisian suburbs like Levallois-Perret, Vincennes and Le Pré-Saint-Gervais have a density of 24,000 inhabitants per square kilometer.

The North-East-South-West axis poor in population density

Areas of France where no one lives. Credit: Zest of Knowledge

In the rest of France, the density is much lower. We notice the famous “diagonal of the void” which is not strictly speaking empty. It actually concentrates a very low density of population : in the Drôme, only one inhabitant has been identified (in Rochefourchat) and the village of La Bâtie-des-Fonds has identified two.

All the green dots marked on the map symbolize low population densities unlike the red dots. On the coastal side, particularly in Brittany, Zeste de Savoir specifies that the data is less precise, hence the accumulation of yellow and green points.

Finally, there are many regions of France completely empty of inhabitants. This is the case of the mountainous reliefs of the Pyrenees, the Massif Central, the Vosges, the Jura and Corsica. The same is true in the northeast of the country and in the Landes.