Lyon has moved up two spots in the Top 10 cities to invest in, a poll conducted by Explorimmo and Explorimmoneuf.

As it has done every year for the past 4 years, this ranking evaluates France’s 30 most populous cities based on economic, demographic and real estate criteria. Lyon is at the top of the list in the 2015 survey, finishing 2nd behind Toulouse and just ahead of Nantes and Lille. It is closely followed by Villeurbanne and Grenoble (6th and 9th in the rankings, respectively).

Lyon comes out near the top of the ranking thanks to its solid advantages. These include a dynamic population, an e09ncouraging employment rate, as well as declining property prices per-square-meter. It should be noted that the city has seen 24,300 additional inhabitants arrive between 2007 and 2012.

Lyon’s reputation also owes a great deal to the city’s intelligent urban development strategy. According to the Explorimmo and Explorimmoneuf websites, Lyon uses its “large industrial wastelands for major redevelopment projects, such as Lyon Confluence, Lyon Part-Dieu, Carré de Soie and Gerland. In most of these neighborhoods, housing, public facilities, offices and shops are being built en masse to host the influx of companies.”