The French community in the US Southeast
The U.S. Southeast attracts a large number of French nationals: 6,654 French registered in 2015.
Moreover, many compatriots residing in the jurisdiction of the Consulate General of France in Atlanta, including university students, do not take the steps to register. In total, it is estimated that the French population in the jurisdiction covered by this Consulate is somewhere between 15,000 and 20,000.
This population is distributed in the major cities of the district (Atlanta, Charlotte, Raleigh, Greenville, Nashville, Charleston).
The French population in the consular district is composed of 49.9% women and 50.1% of men. It is split into the following age groups:
Under 6 years of age: 5.6%
6 to 17 years of age: 15.7%
18 to 25 years of age: 8.8%
26 to 60 years of age: 57.3%
60 and over: 11.7%
The Atlanta airport has the most passenger traffic in the world. Many French citizens pass through this city, especially since it is served by three daily direct flights from Air France or Delta (to and from Paris).
In addition, Atlanta is also one of the cities of choice for conventions, and hosts, drawing a steady stream of businessmen and women throughout the year.
The district is also home to many universities, including some prestigious universities (Georgia Tech, Emory, Vanderbilt, Duke University), which welcome many French students.
Finally, the district offers many tourist destinations with cities such as Memphis, Nashville, Savannah and Charleston.