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In the 20th century, many people from Auvergne moved to the big cities. This had major consequences, especially on the high plains of Aubrac and Margeride and for regions such as Livradois, Cantal, Velay and Forez, because they now belong to the least populated and most aging regions of France. It is significant that there are currently more Auvergnats living in Paris (approx. 600,000) than in Auvergne's largest city, Clermont-Ferrand.
Repopulation is one of the priorities, and to that end about 30,000 Portuguese have already migrated to this area.
To make the area more attractive, the 'Plan Massif Central' was presented in 1975. The main goal was to improve access to the area. For example, a direct motorway connection from Paris to the Mediterranean has now been realized.

Auvergne had approx. 1,350,000 inhabitants (Auvergnats) in 2017, which is 2.3% of the French population. The population density is approximately 52 inhabitants per km2.
Auvergne has 1310 municipalities, 90% of which have less than 2000 inhabitants and only 1% with more than 10,000 inhabitants.


Sources

Graaf, G. de / Auvergne, Ardèche
ANWB

Strijbos, E. / Auvergne, Ardèche, Lyon, Beaujolais
Gottmer/Becht

CIA - World Factbook

BBC - Country Profiles

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