Documentation on detailed files

The purpose of anonymised detailed files is to provide well-informed professional users (public bodies, local authorities, large corporations, consulting and engineering firms, researchers, etc.) with the opportunity to make personalised use of population census data. These files can be used to conduct exploratory data analyses, to model behaviour or simply to tabulate for a given sub-population defined according to certain criteria: geographical zone and/or statistical unit with certain characteristics.

Warning : to read or process these large files, you must use a database manager of statistical software programme.

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Dernière mise à jour le : 07/02/2017

Four broad categories of detailed files

Certain variables are specific either to Metropolitan France or to the Overseas Departments. This is indicated in their title.

"Dwellings" file

  • data with location by municipality and IRIS, describing the characteristics of dwellings and those of the households occupying them,
  • sorting variables: municipality-municipal district (Paris, Lyon, Marseille) and IRIS,
  • scope: ordinary dwellings.

"Individuals" files: two files available

  • Individuals file located by region (and by department and EPCI, for departments and EPCI of 700,000 inhabitants or more)
    • characteristics of each person surveyed, those of their household and those of their main residence,
    • variables available with detailed responses, including restricted variables (nationality, country of birth, time since arrival in France),
    • sorting variable: region and number of the household in the region,
    • scope: all individuals.
  • Individuals located by canton-or-town and IRIS (for IRIS of at least 200 inhabitants)
    • characteristics of each person surveyed, those of their household and those of their main residence,
    • variables with aggregate responses
    • sorting variables: canton-or-town and number of the household in the canton-or-town,
    • scope: all individuals.

"Mobility and migrations" files: five files available

File structure: two location variables and a limited number of other variables describing the individual, their household and main residence

  • Residential migrations file : three files
  • Warning : the three files are not available for 2010 further to a change of questionnaire.
    1. municipality of residence/previous municipality of residence file:
      • sorting variables: municipality of residence / previous municipality of residence,
      • scope: individuals aged 5 and over.
    2. municipality of residence/previous country of residence file:
      • sorting variables: municipality of residence (5,000 inhabitants or more) / previous (foreign) country of residence,
      • scope: individuals aged 5 and over residing in municipalities with 2,000 inhabitants or more.
    3. department of residence/ previous country of residence file:
      • sorting variables: department of residence / previous (foreign) country of residence,
      • scope: individuals aged 5 and over.
  • Professional mobility file (commuting to and from the place of work)
    • sorting variables: municipality of residence / municipality of the place of work (including in bordering countries),
    • scope: labour force in employment and aged 15 years or over.
  • School mobility file(commuting to and from the place of study)
    • sorting variables: municipality of residence / municipality of the place of study (including in bordering countries),
    • scope: individuals enrolled in an education establishment and aged 2 years or over.

"Professional activity of individuals" file

  • data per employment zone of the place of work, containing a limited number of variables characterising the job and the individual, on the same basis as the Dwelling file
  • sorting variables: employment zone and region of the place of work,
  • scope: labour force in employment and aged 15 years or over.

Legislative framework

These files comply with the reference framework defined by the Ruling of 19 July 2007on the publication of population census results. In order to guarantee the confidentiality of individual data:

  • the files are compiled using data from complementary processing, except for the Dwellings file (data from main processing);
  • the publication thresholds of those variables subject to restricted publication are strictly complied with;
  • the data comprising the two locations is only provided in the files on commuting and residential migration and is accompanied by a very limited number of socio-demographic variables.

Geography and territorial modifications

The data for year n is presented in the geographical boundaries (municipalities and IRIS) in force on 1st January n+2.

Read on : Documentation on municipal and sub-municipal geography