The Covid-19 crisis has changed the way of life of the French, in particular with the generalization of telework for many of them. The home has become a place of life, leisure, and work and its location has proven to be crucial. Where then are the towns and villages where we feel the best? The association Cities and villages where it is good to live has just published in partnership with the Sunday Newspaper its second edition of the prize list carried out on the basis of a survey, and taking into account all 34,837 municipalities in mainland France. In fact, in order to determine the hierarchy of criteria to be analyzed, an exclusive survey is carried out upstream of the ranking.
The coronation of medium-sized towns
The prize list sees this year confirm the coronation of medium-sized cities: Annecy, Bayonne still keep the top of the ranking and are joined this year by Angers to complete the podium, which preceded La Rochelle, this time in fourth position. “These cities also stand out for their attractiveness and economic dynamism”, specifies the association.
The top 15 available on the JDD website is completed by Le Mans, Caen, Nice, Bordeaux, Avignon, Lorient, Brest, Rennes, Strasbourg, Pau and Cherbourg-en-Cotentin. The large historic metropolises are relayed lower in the ranking, with Paris in 55th place, Lyon in 56th place and Marseille in 85th position.
A ranking also established for the villages
On the village side, the Sunday Newspaper also have published the top 500 villages in France where life is good and reveals that Epron, in Calvados, was ahead of Martinvast, in the English Channel, and rises in the top 3 municipalities with less than 2,000 inhabitants, which remains dominated by Peltre (Moselle) and Guéthary (Pyrénées-Atlantiques). “Respectively close to the cities of Metz, Biarritz and Caen, these three villages combine the calm of small towns and the services of medium-sized towns, ”adds the association.
Next come the villages of Martinvast (50), Authie (14), Théoule-sur-Mer (06), Buros (64), Vantoux (57), Les Loges-en-Josas (78) and Saint-Quay-Perros ( 22), Piscop (95) or Le Pin (77).
This 2021 ranking is based on 183 criteria grouped into eight distinct themes, applied to all 34,837 municipalities in France metropolitan, which allow each to obtain a specific number of points. The order of priority of these categories (and their respective importance in percentage) was defined by means of an OpinionWay survey carried out among a representative panel made up of more than 1000 people, in order to constitute the major coefficients allowing to weight the results for each city or town. All the data collected comes from official values provided by INSEE or official public bodies (Ministry of the Interior, etc.).
“Quality of life” and “Safety”: two decisive criteria
Thus, the categories “Quality of life” (76%) and “Safety” (71%) remain very much in the lead. of the most decisive criteria to define a city where life is good. Considered the number 1 criterion for French people, life quality is more important for those in their fifties and over, than for the younger generations. Only 57% of 25-34 year olds rank it as a priority, compared to 85% of 50-64 year olds. Come next ” Shops and services “(45%),” Transportation “(43%), “Health” (42%), “Education” (33%), “Solidarity” (27%) and “Sport and leisure” (26%). In order to always be as close as possible to the concerns of the population, the criteria are regularly updated and this is the case this year.
Because in reaction to the upheaval imposed by the health crisis, a new feature has entered: digital coverage broadband and very high speed, which has proved essential in the face of the generalization of teleworking and the proliferation of online events. This is why, with the update of the INSEE criteria, many municipalities have improved their ranking such as Ajaccio, which gains 140 places, Toulon or Saint-Malo, which go up 28 and 20 places in the ranking. Note that it is possible to know the ranking of your municipality, at national and departmental level, by entering their name or postal code in a search bar on the association’s website.