Ile-de-France, France
  • Paris Lights sparkle outside the Louvre in Paris. Credit: Benh Lieu Song [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons Paris
    Lights sparkle outside the Louvre in Paris.

Ahh, Paris, a city that inspires romance and a love affair with culture. It's home to the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Notre Dame and dozens of brasseries and cafes where you can get some of the world's best food. Paris offers outstanding shopping, nightlife and glamor. Her gardens are the birthplace of great art and literature.

Leading arts, culture, business center

With a metropolitan population of more than 12 million people, Paris is one of the world's cultural and business capitals.  With 17 universities and 55 "grand ecoles," there is a higher concentration of higher education students in Paris than anywhere else in Europe.  The world's most visited city, Paris and its region have more than 3,800 historical monuments and four UNESCO World Heritage Sites.  From great art, architecture and night life to world renowned parks, eateries and fashion, Paris truly is the essence of what's cosmopolitan.


  • Oceanic

Physical Environment

  • City with at least one 50-story building


  • Local professional symphony
  • Local professional ballet
  • Major public college in downtown
  • Local film festival
  • Ethnic restaurants
  • Active club/bar/music scene
  • Fine art museum
  • Local community theatre


  • $$$$$ -- Wow, it's expensive


  • Downtown yoga studio
  • Biking, hiking, running trails
  • Public golf course
  • Professional sports
  • Year-round fitness swimming center
  • Casino gaming within 25 miles


  • Lots of downtown living space
  • International airport
  • Vibrant public transportation system
  • Mixed-use, mixed-income neighborhoods
  • Public squares


  • University teaching hospital
  • Emergency medical services within 25 miles
  • Community senior center
  • Public-assisted (govt.) health insurance
  • Community swimming pool