Attractiveness: Angers at the top of the French intermediate cities category

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The professional real estate consulting firm Arthur Loyd has published its traditional annual barometer on the attractiveness of French cities. The Atlantic France region is well represented in this ranking, as Angers, Nantes, Le Mans, Laval, and La Roche-sur-Yon are all close to the top.

From the perspective of ecological transition, the corporate real estate consultancy company Arthur Loyd analyses the attractiveness and resilience of French cities every year. This ranking is a reference point within the sector. In 2022, Angers confirmed its dynamism by achieving first place in the most attractive intermediate-sized cities category.

N°1 for its economic performance, its welcome to companies, and its human capital 

In 2021, Angers was at seventh place in its category, in which cities of similar size were competing. But Arthur Loyd had already zoomed in on Angers to highlight its very high levels of job creation. In 2022, the second-biggest city in Atlantic France reached first place in the intermediate-sized cities category (300,000 to 500,000 inhabitants). 

Angers is one of the only agglomerations in which the impact of the health crisis on employment has been felt very little. The city has shown good progress and managed to rank at the top of 3 of the 4 sub-rankings that make up the general top: it takes first place in terms of “economic performance” ahead of Orléans, “tertiary real estate and business reception” ahead of Reims, and also “connectivity, human capital and transitions” ahead of Dijon.

Other Atlantic France cities at the top

Other cities from Atlantic France have also reached the top. Nantes came 4th in the ranking of the most attractive large cities (more than one million inhabitants) and even reached the podium in the “tertiary real estate and business reception” category. 

The city of Le Mans also stands out in the ranking of intermediate cities (led by Angers), at 11th place. Finally, in the top ranking of medium-sized cities (between 100,000 and 300,000 inhabitants), we find La Roche-sur-Yon and Laval, in 9th and 10th place respectively. 

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