Demography. Insee: the population is increasing a little and aging a lot in the Lot
Through Marie-Cecile Itier
The population of batch department continued’increase very slightlybut is in net aging, this is what the latest show INSEE figures. Thus, on January 1, 2023, the Lot has 174,670 inhabitants. It is 576 inhabitants more thanin 2019 and 912 more than in 2016.
And if the city of Cahors remains attractive, other cities, such as Figeacsee a very slight drop in population.
In the Lot, the population is increasing and above all aging
These INSEE figures for the legal populations of municipalities in force from January 1, 2023 were released on December 29, 2022, based on the statistical reference date for populations of January 1, 2020.
And if the population increases little by little, it is thanks to its migration (people from outside who settle in the Lot) and not at its natural balance (births in the Lot), which is -0.5%.
INSEE has also released a study on the population discount by 2070. And the Lot is positioned as one of the most aging departments.
According to INSEE’s central scenario, Lot will be one of four French departments to have 40% or more of its population over 65, along with Creuse, Dordogne and Martinique. The over 60s made up 31.4% of the Lot population in 2008 and 37.8% in 2019.
In addition, INSEE predicts the maximum population peak in the Lot between 2020 and 2039.
Figures in Cahors, Figeac and the largest towns in the Lot
Cahors and its agglomeration (cantons of Cahors 1, Cahors 2 and Cahors 3) have, on January 1, 2023, 21,081 inhabitants, that is 204 more than in 2022.
Figeac for its part, there are 10,380 inhabitants, with a loss of 92 inhabitants in one year.
The most populated communes of the Lot are then Gourdon (4,086 inhabitants), Pradines (3,681 inhabitants), Saint-Céré (3,582 inhabitants), Gramat (3,539 inhabitants), Souillac (3,520 inhabitants) then Prayssac (2,485 inhabitants). inhabitants) and Biars-sur-Cère (2,050 inhabitants). All the other municipalities in the Lot have less than 2,000 inhabitants, including 26 between 1,000 and 2,000 inhabitants.
Note that the least populated town in the Lot department remains Labastide-du-Haut-Mont with barely 50 inhabitants.
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