The INSEE (Institut national de la statistique et des études économique), the government body responsible for keeping their collective finger on the pulse of the French economy, recently released the latest population data for the French capital. At the end of 2012 the city’s population stood at 2,268,265 (10,284 persons higher than a year ago), which means that the intra muros population of Paris continues to grow, albeit slowly. This slow growth trend was established at the turn of the 21st century, following several decades in which population losses (mostly to the suburbs) were recorded. The capital’s population has increased by 118,587 since 1999.
Inside the city, a handful of districts (the 1st, 4th, 5th, and 9th) lost residents -- between 200 and 300 each -- while the rest gained. The most populated district of Paris is the 15th arrondissement, with 239,105 residents. Only one other district (the 18th) has a population exceeding 200,000.