City of Nantes

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Population and geography

Nantes, the sixth most populous city in France, it has an interesting position, since it is located on the Atlantic coast, seated between Aquitaine and Brittany.
It is the capital of the Pays de la Loire region (44).
Its municipal population is 309,346 inhabitants in 2017 and is part of an urban area composed of a population of 934,165 inhabitants in 2014.
The neighboring municipalities of Nantes are: La Chapelle sur Erdre, Carquefou, Sainte Luce sur Loire, Basse Goulaine, Saint Sébastien sur Loire, Vertou, Rozé, Bouguenais, Saint Herblain, Treillères, Orvault, and Saint Nazaire also very close.


The city is served by 6 highways, namely: A11, A811, A83, A82, A844 and A249. It is the road crossing point from Flanders to Spain.
The urban transport network of the agglomeration is composed of 3 tram lines, 60 bus lines and also a boat bus service.
The rail network makes it possible to connect with the TGV Nantes to Paris but also to Lyon, Marseille, Lille, Le Mans, Angers or even Strasbourg. Two other train lines connect the Nantes metropolis to the south towards Bordeaux and the Vendée and to the north towards Brittany.
The city also has its international airport, serving major French cities as well as the main European capitals in particular.
A fleet of self-service bicycles is available to Nantes residents.


The agglomeration’s economy is largely based on strong sectors such as the food industry, aeronautics, finance and even trading with the presence of its port.


In the city center of Nantes, there is in particular the Pommeraye passage housing a mixed shopping gallery made up of shops and housing classified as a historic monument.


The city of Nantes welcomes many students. These include: the University of Nantes, the mining school, the central school and even Audencia.

Real Estate

The average rent for an individual amounts to € 156 m2 / year while the average rent for a merchant will amount to € 240 m2 / year. The average rent for an office rental in Nantes is € 147 m2 / year and the average purchase per m2 costs € 2,652.

Hotels and restaurants

Nantes has a total of 1,101 restaurants in which the average meal budget is € 12. There are also 54 hotels with an average budget of € 71 per night.


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