Châteaubriant, Sablé … Here are the Average Towns Affected by Poverty in the Region

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Towns affected by poverty in the Pays de la Loire

INSEE has studied the living conditions of the inhabitants of 22 medium-sized towns in the Pays de la Loire region. The situation is very contrasted.

Is the Pays de la Loire region spared by poverty? This is the overall result of a study published by the National Institute of Statistics and European Studies (INSEE) this Thursday 11th April, 2019.

With 13% of inhabitants under the poverty line (against 17% at the national level). But the picture is however more nuanced according to the territories.


24 medium-sized towns in the spotlight

The institute also focused on 24 medium-sized towns in the region and analysed the living conditions of the inhabitants. Sign of territorial disparity, the poverty rate varies between 7% and 18% depending on the town.

Poverty is more present in Châteaubriant (Loire-Atlantique) and Sablé-sur-Sarthe (Sarthe) where it affects almost one inhabitant in five, points INSEE:

“The median standard of living is lower in these fragile cities: it rises from € 18,400 in Sablé-sur-Sarthe to € 19,300 in Fontenay-le-Comte against € 20,300 for all medium-sized towns.”

According to INSEE, the factors of vulnerability differ according to the zones but are known: high rate of unemployment, important rate of workers and employees among the assets, presence of single-parent families, demographic decline of the territory …

Being poor means what?
An individual is considered poor when he lives in a household whose standard of living is below the poverty line. In 2015, it was 1015 euros net per month.

The poverty rate in the average towns of Pays de la Loire: 

  1. Châteaubriant (18%)
  2. Sablé-sur-Sarthe (18%)
  3. Saumur (16%)
  4. Fontenay-le-Comte (15%)
  5. The Arrow (15%)
  6. Laval (15%)
  7. Evron (15%)
  8. La Roche-sur-Yon (15%)
  9. Luzon (14%)
  10. Cholet (13%)
  11. La Ferté-Bernard (13%)
  12. Mayenne (12%)
  13. Château-Gontier (12%)
  14. Segré-en-Anjou (11%)
  15. Ancenis (10%)
  16. Challans (10%)
  17. The Sables-d’Olonne (9%)
  18. Herbaria (9%
  19. Pornic (8%)
  20. Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez (7.5%)
  21. Saint-Brévin-les-Pins (7%)
  22. Montaigu (7%)
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