Saint-Etienne has about 183,500 habitants. It is the second city in the Rhone-Alpes region and the 10th town in the French province.
Saint Etienne Agglomeration: 450,000 inhabitants, the 8th French urban agglomeration.
The City of Saint-Etienne: 34 federated communes – 375,000 inhabitants.
The economic environment of Saint- Etienne is one of the densest of France: 18,000 companies (4,000 SME).
There are 60,000 jobs in the private sphere. The companies are federated by Centers of Excellence in mechanics, textile, bio-medicine, food, optics and vision, and water environment. Badoit, Casino, Bell, Excella, Floerger, Focal, Gibaud, Houlès, Obut, Thuasne, Verney-Carron, Weiss are the key-players.