16 to 25 year olds in Paris - A social and demographic portrait

This study was commissioned by the City of Paris and supported by the Family Benefits Office CAF, it sketches a portrait of young, 16 to 25 years old Parisians.

© Agnès Duret - Mairie de Paris

In the study, the heterogenous nature of this section of the population in Paris is emphasised, the majority manage to make their way to autonomy, which includes leaving the family home and finding employment after having acquired training. There are other young people, less well equipped or privileged who have more difficulty and who may find themselves in more precarious situations. 

In 2014, 323,700 young people lived in Paris, nearly a third of whom were born in the provinces or abroad. In addition to young residents there is the daily flow of 184,800 young people who go to Paris to study, 80,600 who go to work and 60,500 who go into the city for other reasons (notably recreational activities). In total, almost 650,000 young people are in Paris every day.

The majority of young people aged between 16 and 25 are still studying (70%). There are 21% who have jobs and 9% have integration difficulties and are neither employed nor studying.

Nearly 6 out of every 10 young Parisians live autonomously, in their own accommodation. Although moving away from the parents’ home is often automatic for young people moving into Paris to study or work, it happens increasingly later for young people born in Paris. In 2014, 45% of young people aged 25 and born in Paris still lived with their parents against 32% in 1999.

In 2017, 6,500 young people aged 15 to 24 voted for the Paris Participatory Budget, that is 15% of all voters. Among the 5,500 projects presented, over 500 where submitted by young people, that is one out of every ten projects. Although the majority of projects addressed living conditions, young people were also sensitive to environmental issues, and presented twice as many projects on environmental themes than other age categories.

This document updates and deepens the socio-demographic portrait drawn up for the first time in 2012 and updated in 2015. 

Infographie - Les 16-25 ans à Paris - Portrait social et démographique © Apur


Documents to download

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    16 to 25 year olds in Paris - A social and demographic portrait

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  • 16 to 25 year olds in Paris - A social and demographic portrait - Synthesis

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    16 to 25 year olds in Paris - Typologies of young Parisians

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