Marne la Vallée and Val de Marne (94): Living in the Suburbs East of Paris

If you are looking to moving to Paris, you may want to think about moving to the eastern suburb of Val de Marne. Cheaper prices, Disney Paris, and the RER train line A to central Paris? Join us east of Paris as we look at life in the Parisian suburbs of Marne-la-Vallée and more.
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Editor’s note: If you haven’t read the first of this series, Paris and its suburbs, head over there now. We’ll go through the criteria that we selected to compare, what benchmarks we’re using, and a note of caution about how to interpret the results. You won’t want to miss it!

Living in Grand Paris is all about transport. Where do you need to travel to, compared to where you live? And this is where Val de Marne comes in. There’s a saying in Paris “Metro, Boulot, Dodo”, meaning “Commute, Work, Sleep”. (Dodo is French slang for sleep.)

Over 12 million people live in Grand Paris, and public transport, as well as the roads, are well-saturated.

If you are visiting Paris, you have probably only vaguely seen the sign for the RER A Train, and ignored it. Why take the commuter train when you can take the metro? But once you move here, you realize the reality: RER A is the most frequented train-line in Europe, with over 1.2 million passengers each day!

And where does Val-de-Marne fit in in all this? RER A runs directly through Val-de-Marne, into Paris and La Défense, making it one of the more popular suburbs around Paris. A bit cheaper than living in Paris or the Hauts-de-Seine, Val-de-Marne is one of the more popular suburbs around Paris.

And have I mentioned Disney? Marne La Vallée, a large town on the east end, is the French residence of that very famous mouse. All of this contributes to making the area very popular with expats and businesses (who are children at heart, really!)

So in case there is a bit of confusion, Val de Marne is a department of France, while Marne-La-Vallée is a large new town that itself comprises of several towns, including towns that are in Val de Marne. Confused yet? It’s the famous french Mille-Feuille, or multiple layers of government. For our purpose, it doesn’t really matter, we can just look at the towns in Marne la Vallée and Val de Marne together, since they are the most popular.

I’ve also marked the location of Disney Paris in Marne-La-Vallée, because if you’re going to live on the east side of Paris, you might as well get that annual pass and delight your kids.

Best Suburbs in this area

Large popular towns for families in the Eastern suburbs include Vincennes, which is just outside of Paris, and Saint-Maur-des-Fossés. Both towns have good RER transport links as well as good public schools with a high Middle school Brévet average (if you are not sure what that is, read the opening Paris and its suburbs article.)

Compared to the West side of Paris, there are not many bilingual schools (public or private) on the Eastside. The only ones with primary education or higher are in Nogent-sur-Marne, which has Collège et Lycée Edouard Branly and College Antoine Watteau. There are also some in Noisy-le-Grand which is part of Marne-la-Vallée.

☞ READ MORE: Demystifying the French Education System

One thing to note in Val de Marne is that with the proximity Orly airport, some neighborhoods (and I emphasize “some”!) could be on a flight path. You likely won’t hear it inside your home, but you might hear a plane or two go by if you are barbequing in your backyard.

Anyway, there are over 70 little towns in the Val de Marne and Marne la Vallée, so we are concentrating on the 50 biggest ones which are the most populous and most popular.

Zoom in below to see towns and their closest public transit options. Note: the Map is best viewed on computer and large tablet.

The large and most popular suburbs for families have been highlighted below.

NOTES:
All information has been provided for entertainment purposes only, and we are not responsible for verifying the accuracy of the figures noted below. Caution: Use at own risk !

1. Brevet scores will vary from classroom to classroom and school to school, and year to year. Calulation is a “rough average” of Public school data, which is subject to interpretation and changes over time.

2. Population Data is from Insee Public Statistics and is subject to change.

3. Metro, RER and other public transport links are based on current state of public transportion (Oct 2019), and not future plans that under construction.

4. Greenery distinctions include “Fleurie” designation by the “Site officiel du Label Villes et Villages Fleuris” and is subject to personal interpretation.

a) Val de Marne

Ablon-sur-Seine

  • Postal code: 94480
  • Départements: 94 – Val-de-Marne
  • Population (rounded): 5800
  • % of Houses (vs apts): 34 %
  • % of families having at least 1 car: 80 %
  • Average family size: 2.4
  • Metro: None
  • RER: C
  • Transilien: None
  • Tramway: None
  • Greenery “Fleurie” distinction: 3 🌱🌱🌱
  • Bilingual School (Primary and higher): None

Alfortville

  • Postal code: 94140
  • Départements: 94 – Val-de-Marne
  • Population (rounded): 43900
  • % of Houses (vs apts): 12 %
  • % of families having at least 1 car: 61 %
  • Average family size: 2.2
  • Metro: None
  • RER: D
  • Transilien: None
  • Tramway: None
  • Greenery “Fleurie” distinction: 3 🌱🌱🌱
  • French Public School – Brevet Avg: 88 %
  • Bilingual School (Primary and higher): None

Arcueil

  • Postal code: 94110
  • Départements: 94 – Val-de-Marne
  • Population (rounded): 21600
  • % of Houses (vs apts): 20 %
  • % of families having at least 1 car: 59 %
  • Average family size: 2.2
  • Metro: None
  • RER: B
  • Transilien: None
  • Tramway: None
  • Greenery “Fleurie” distinction: 2 🌱🌱
  • French Public School – Brevet Avg: 81 %
  • Bilingual School (Primary and higher): None

Boissy-Saint-Léger

  • Postal code: 94470
  • Départements: 94 – Val-de-Marne
  • Population (rounded): 15900
  • % of Houses (vs apts): 24 %
  • % of families having at least 1 car: 69 %
  • Average family size: 2.5
  • Metro: None
  • RER: A
  • Transilien: None
  • Tramway: None
  • Greenery “Fleurie” distinction: None
  • French Public School – Brevet Avg: 83 %
  • Bilingual School (Primary and higher): None

Bonneuil-sur-Marne

  • Postal code: 94380
  • Départements: 94 – Val-de-Marne
  • Population (rounded): 17500
  • % of Houses (vs apts): 20 %
  • % of families having at least 1 car: 69 %
  • Average family size: 2.6
  • Metro: None
  • RER: None
  • Transilien: None
  • Tramway: None
  • Greenery “Fleurie” distinction: None
  • French Public School – Brevet Avg: 78 %
  • Bilingual School (Primary and higher): None

Cachan

  • Postal code: 94230
  • Départements: 94 – Val-de-Marne
  • Population (rounded): 30300
  • % of Houses (vs apts): 19 %
  • % of families having at least 1 car: 67 %
  • Average family size: 2.2
  • Metro: None
  • RER: B
  • Transilien: None
  • Tramway: None
  • Greenery “Fleurie” distinction: 4 🌱🌱🌱🌱
  • French Public School – Brevet Avg: 84 %
  • Bilingual School (Primary and higher): None

Champigny-sur-Marne

  • Postal code: 94500
  • Départements: 94 – Val-de-Marne
  • Population (rounded): 77500
  • % of Houses (vs apts): 32 %
  • % of families having at least 1 car: 72 %
  • Average family size: 2.5
  • Metro: None
  • RER: E
  • Transilien: None
  • Tramway: None
  • Greenery “Fleurie” distinction: None
  • French Public School – Brevet Avg: 83 %
  • Bilingual School (Primary and higher): None

Charenton-le-pont

  • Postal code: 94220
  • Départements: 94 – Val-de-Marne
  • Population (rounded): 30500
  • % of Houses (vs apts): 2 %
  • % of families having at least 1 car: 63 %
  • Average family size: 2.1
  • Metro: Y
  • RER: None
  • Transilien: Y
  • Tramway: None
  • Greenery “Fleurie” distinction: None
  • French Public School – Brevet Avg: 93 %
  • Bilingual School (Primary and higher): None
  • Comments from Locals: One family commented: We are in the BERCY 2 area of Charenton so it’s near the highway and doesn’t have a lot of character. This area of Charenton (BERCY 2) has A great public preschool (3-6) and a large park surrounded by pedestrian streets. In addition, it is a short walk to bois de Vincennes and to cours saint emillion which are are both very kid friendly places. Highly recommend (but not for bilingual education or community)

Chennevières-sur-Marne

  • Postal code: 94430
  • Départements: 94 – Val-de-Marne
  • Population (rounded): 18400
  • % of Houses (vs apts): 33 %
  • % of families having at least 1 car: 81 %
  • Average family size: 2.5
  • Metro: None
  • RER: None
  • Transilien: None
  • Tramway: None
  • Greenery “Fleurie” distinction: None
  • French Public School – Brevet Avg: 70 %
  • Bilingual School (Primary and higher): None

Chevilly-Larue

  • Postal code: 94550
  • Départements: 94 – Val-de-Marne
  • Population (rounded): 19400
  • % of Houses (vs apts): 17 %
  • % of families having at least 1 car: 74 %
  • Average family size: 2.5
  • Metro: None
  • RER: None
  • Transilien: None
  • Tramway: Y
  • Greenery “Fleurie” distinction: None
  • French Public School – Brevet Avg: 86 %
  • Bilingual School (Primary and higher): None

Choisy-le-Roi

  • Postal code: 94600
  • Départements: 94 – Val-de-Marne
  • Population (rounded): 44500
  • % of Houses (vs apts): 18 %
  • % of families having at least 1 car: 67 %
  • Average family size: 2.4
  • Metro: None
  • RER: C
  • Transilien: None
  • Tramway: None
  • Greenery “Fleurie” distinction: None
  • French Public School – Brevet Avg: 81 %
  • Bilingual School (Primary and higher): None

Créteil

  • Postal code: 94000
  • Départements: 94 – Val-de-Marne
  • Population (rounded): 89400
  • % of Houses (vs apts): 9 %
  • % of families having at least 1 car: 68 %
  • Average family size: 2.4
  • Metro: Y
  • RER: D
  • Transilien: None
  • Tramway: None
  • Greenery “Fleurie” distinction: None
  • French Public School – Brevet Avg: 84 %
  • Bilingual School (Primary and higher): None

Fontenay-sous-Bois

  • Postal code: 94120
  • Départements: 94 – Val-de-Marne
  • Population (rounded): 53500
  • % of Houses (vs apts): 24 %
  • % of families having at least 1 car: 67 %
  • Average family size: 2.4
  • Metro: None
  • RER: A
  • Transilien: None
  • Tramway: None
  • Greenery “Fleurie” distinction: None
  • French Public School – Brevet Avg: 92 %
  • Bilingual School (Primary and higher): None
  • Comments from Locals: One woman notes the fact that there is nothing for social life. Unreliable transports, difficult to do things without a car.

Fresnes

  • Postal code: 94260
  • Départements: 94 – Val-de-Marne
  • Population (rounded): 27500
  • % of Houses (vs apts): 14 %
  • % of families having at least 1 car: 77 %
  • Average family size: 2.3
  • Metro: None
  • RER: None
  • Transilien: None
  • Tramway: None
  • Greenery “Fleurie” distinction: 1 🌱
  • French Public School – Brevet Avg: 82 %
  • Bilingual School (Primary and higher): None

Gentilly

  • Postal code: 94250
  • Départements: 94 – Val-de-Marne
  • Population (rounded): 17500
  • % of Houses (vs apts): 9 %
  • % of families having at least 1 car: 50 %
  • Average family size: 2
  • Metro: None
  • RER: B
  • Transilien: None
  • Tramway: None
  • Greenery “Fleurie” distinction: 1 🌱
  • French Public School – Brevet Avg: 89 %
  • Bilingual School (Primary and higher): None

Ivry-sur-Seine

  • Postal code: 94200
  • Départements: 94 – Val-de-Marne
  • Population (rounded): 60800
  • % of Houses (vs apts): 7 %
  • % of families having at least 1 car: 49 %
  • Average family size: 2.2
  • Metro: Y
  • RER: C
  • Transilien: None
  • Tramway: None
  • Greenery “Fleurie” distinction: None
  • French Public School – Brevet Avg: 76 %
  • Bilingual School (Primary and higher): None

Joinville-le-Pont

  • Postal code: 94340
  • Départements: 94 – Val-de-Marne
  • Population (rounded): 18900
  • % of Houses (vs apts): 24 %
  • % of families having at least 1 car: 68 %
  • Average family size: 2.2
  • Metro: None
  • RER: A
  • Transilien: None
  • Tramway: None
  • Greenery “Fleurie” distinction: None
  • French Public School – Brevet Avg: 90 %
  • Bilingual School (Primary and higher): None

L’Haÿ-les-Roses

  • Postal code: 94240
  • Départements: 94 – Val-de-Marne
  • Population (rounded): 31200
  • % of Houses (vs apts): 26 %
  • % of families having at least 1 car: 75 %
  • Average family size: 2.4
  • Metro: None
  • RER: None
  • Transilien: None
  • Tramway: None
  • Greenery “Fleurie” distinction: 1 🌱
  • French Public School – Brevet Avg: 79 %
  • Bilingual School (Primary and higher): None

Le Kremlin-Bicêtre

  • Postal code: 94270
  • Départements: 94 – Val-de-Marne
  • Population (rounded): 25300
  • % of Houses (vs apts): 5 %
  • % of families having at least 1 car: 55 %
  • Average family size: 2.1
  • Metro: Y
  • RER: None
  • Transilien: None
  • Tramway: None
  • Greenery “Fleurie” distinction: 2 🌱🌱
  • French Public School – Brevet Avg: 87 %
  • Bilingual School (Primary and higher): None

Le Perreux-sur-Marne

  • Postal code: 94170
  • Départements: 94 – Val-de-Marne
  • Population (rounded): 33800
  • % of Houses (vs apts): 32 %
  • % of families having at least 1 car: 77 %
  • Average family size: 2.2
  • Metro: None
  • RER: E
  • Transilien: None
  • Tramway: None
  • Greenery “Fleurie” distinction: None
  • French Public School – Brevet Avg: 88 %
  • Bilingual School (Primary and higher): None

Le Plessis-Trévise

  • Postal code: 94420
  • Départements: 94 – Val-de-Marne
  • Population (rounded): 20300
  • % of Houses (vs apts): 32 %
  • % of families having at least 1 car: 87 %
  • Average family size: 2.4
  • Metro: None
  • RER: E
  • Transilien: None
  • Tramway: None
  • Greenery “Fleurie” distinction: None
  • French Public School – Brevet Avg: 85 %
  • Bilingual School (Primary and higher): None

Limeil-Brévannes

  • Postal code: 94450
  • Départements: 94 – Val-de-Marne
  • Population (rounded): 26800
  • % of Houses (vs apts): 30 %
  • % of families having at least 1 car: 83 %
  • Average family size: 2.5
  • Metro: None
  • RER: None
  • Transilien: None
  • Tramway: None
  • Greenery “Fleurie” distinction: None
  • French Public School – Brevet Avg: 82 %
  • Bilingual School (Primary and higher): None

Maisons-Alfort

  • Postal code: 94700
  • Départements: 94 – Val-de-Marne
  • Population (rounded): 55300
  • % of Houses (vs apts): 16 %
  • % of families having at least 1 car: 68 %
  • Average family size: 2.2
  • Metro: Y
  • RER: D
  • Transilien: None
  • Tramway: None
  • Greenery “Fleurie” distinction: 4 🌱🌱🌱🌱
  • French Public School – Brevet Avg: 86 %
  • Bilingual School (Primary and higher): None
  • Comments from Locals: Not many English opportunities like school or activities. Not technically a paris post code but located off metro line with easy access to paris. More affordable here with great access to paris activities.

Nogent-sur-Marne

  • Postal code: 94130
  • Départements: 94 – Val-de-Marne
  • Population (rounded): 32000
  • % of Houses (vs apts): 14 %
  • % of families having at least 1 car: 72 %
  • Average family size: 2.1
  • Metro: None
  • RER: E
  • Transilien: None
  • Tramway: None
  • Greenery “Fleurie” distinction: None
  • French Public School – Brevet Avg: 87 %
  • Bilingual School (Primary and higher): Collège et Lycée Edouard Branly, College Antoine Watteau

Orly

  • Postal code: 94310
  • Départements: 94 – Val-de-Marne
  • Population (rounded): 23400
  • % of Houses (vs apts): 21 %
  • % of families having at least 1 car: 70 %
  • Average family size: 2.6
  • Metro: None
  • RER: C
  • Transilien: None
  • Tramway: None
  • Greenery “Fleurie” distinction: 2 🌱🌱
  • French Public School – Brevet Avg: 69 %
  • Bilingual School (Primary and higher): None

Rungis

  • Postal code: 94150
  • Départements: 94 – Val-de-Marne
  • Population (rounded): 5700
  • % of Houses (vs apts): 42 %
  • % of families having at least 1 car: 91 %
  • Average family size: 2.4
  • Metro: None
  • RER: C
  • Transilien: None
  • Tramway: Y
  • Greenery “Fleurie” distinction: 4 🌱🌱🌱🌱
  • French Public School – Brevet Avg: 89 %
  • Bilingual School (Primary and higher): None
  • Notable Landmarks: Rungis Market (Big produce and fish market for professionals)

Saint-Mandé

  • Postal code: 94160
  • Départements: 94 – Val-de-Marne
  • Population (rounded): 22800
  • % of Houses (vs apts): 3 %
  • % of families having at least 1 car: 58 %
  • Average family size: 2.2
  • Metro: Y
  • RER: None
  • Transilien: None
  • Tramway: None
  • Greenery “Fleurie” distinction: None
  • French Public School – Brevet Avg: 90 %
  • Bilingual School (Primary and higher): None

Saint-Maur-des-Fossés

  • Postal code: 94100/94210
  • Départements: 94 – Val-de-Marne
  • Population (rounded): 74900
  • % of Houses (vs apts): 36 %
  • % of families having at least 1 car: 78 %
  • Average family size: 2.2
  • Metro: None
  • RER: A
  • Transilien: None
  • Tramway: None
  • Greenery “Fleurie” distinction: None
  • French Public School – Brevet Avg: 93 %
  • Bilingual School (Primary and higher): None
  • Notable Landmarks: L’Abbaye de Saint-Maur-des-Fossés

Sucy-en-Brie

  • Postal code: 94370
  • Départements: 94 – Val-de-Marne
  • Population (rounded): 26300
  • % of Houses (vs apts): 52 %
  • % of families having at least 1 car: 85 %
  • Average family size: 2.4
  • Metro: None
  • RER: A
  • Transilien: None
  • Tramway: None
  • Greenery “Fleurie” distinction: None
  • French Public School – Brevet Avg: 81 %
  • Bilingual School (Primary and higher): None

Thiais

  • Postal code: 94320
  • Départements: 94 – Val-de-Marne
  • Population (rounded): 29100
  • % of Houses (vs apts): 24 %
  • % of families having at least 1 car: 80 %
  • Average family size: 2.3
  • Metro: None
  • RER: C
  • Transilien: None
  • Tramway: Y
  • Greenery “Fleurie” distinction: None
  • French Public School – Brevet Avg: 79 %
  • Bilingual School (Primary and higher): None

Valenton

  • Postal code: 94460
  • Départements: 94 – Val-de-Marne
  • Population (rounded): 14900
  • % of Houses (vs apts): 22 %
  • % of families having at least 1 car: 72 %
  • Average family size: 2.9
  • Metro: None
  • RER: None
  • Transilien: None
  • Tramway: None
  • Greenery “Fleurie” distinction: 2 🌱🌱
  • French Public School – Brevet Avg: 66 %
  • Bilingual School (Primary and higher): None

Villecresnes

  • Postal code: 94440
  • Départements: 94 – Val-de-Marne
  • Population (rounded): 9900
  • % of Houses (vs apts): 71 %
  • % of families having at least 1 car: 92 %
  • Average family size: 2.6
  • Metro: None
  • RER: None
  • Transilien: None
  • Tramway: None
  • Greenery “Fleurie” distinction: 2 🌱🌱
  • French Public School – Brevet Avg: 96 %
  • Bilingual School (Primary and higher): None

Villejuif

  • Postal code: 94800
  • Départements: 94 – Val-de-Marne
  • Population (rounded): 55500
  • % of Houses (vs apts): 18 %
  • % of families having at least 1 car: 61 %
  • Average family size: 2.3
  • Metro: Y
  • RER: None
  • Transilien: None
  • Tramway: Y
  • Greenery “Fleurie” distinction: 1 🌱
  • French Public School – Brevet Avg: 87 %
  • Bilingual School (Primary and higher): None

Villeneuve-le-Roi

  • Postal code: 94290
  • Départements: 94 – Val-de-Marne
  • Population (rounded): 21100
  • % of Houses (vs apts): 51 %
  • % of families having at least 1 car: 76 %
  • Average family size: 2.6
  • Metro: None
  • RER: C
  • Transilien: None
  • Tramway: None
  • Greenery “Fleurie” distinction: None
  • French Public School – Brevet Avg: 79 %
  • Bilingual School (Primary and higher): None

Villeneuve-Saint-Georges

  • Postal code: 94190
  • Départements: 94 – Val-de-Marne
  • Population (rounded): 33000
  • % of Houses (vs apts): 28 %
  • % of families having at least 1 car: 62 %
  • Average family size: 2.6
  • Metro: None
  • RER: D
  • Transilien: None
  • Tramway: None
  • Greenery “Fleurie” distinction: None
  • French Public School – Brevet Avg: 84 %
  • Bilingual School (Primary and higher): None

Vincennes

  • Postal code: 94300
  • Départements: 94 – Val-de-Marne
  • Population (rounded): 49900
  • % of Houses (vs apts): 5 %
  • % of families having at least 1 car: 52 %
  • Average family size: 2
  • Metro: Y
  • RER: A
  • Transilien: None
  • Tramway: None
  • Greenery “Fleurie” distinction: 3et Bois de Vincennes
  • French Public School – Brevet Avg: 95 %
  • Bilingual School (Primary and higher): None
  • Notable Landmarks: Château de Vincennes

Vitry-sur-Seine

  • Postal code: 94400
  • Départements: 94 – Val-de-Marne
  • Population (rounded): 92800
  • % of Houses (vs apts): 20 %
  • % of families having at least 1 car: 65 %
  • Average family size: 2.5
  • Metro: None
  • RER: C
  • Transilien: None
  • Tramway: Y
  • Greenery “Fleurie” distinction: None
  • French Public School – Brevet Avg: 82 %
  • Bilingual School (Primary and higher): None

b) Marne la Vallée

Bry-sur-Marne

  • Postal code: 94360
  • Départements: 94 – Val-de-Marne (Marne la Vallée)
  • Population (rounded): 16800
  • % of Houses (vs apts): 38 %
  • % of families having at least 1 car: 83 %
  • Average family size: 2.4
  • Metro: None
  • RER: A
  • Transilien: None
  • Tramway: None
  • Greenery “Fleurie” distinction: None
  • French Public School – Brevet Avg: 88 %
  • Bilingual School (Primary and higher): None

Bussy-Saint-Georges

  • Postal code: 77600
  • Départements: 77 – Seine-et-Marne (Marne la Vallée)
  • Population (rounded): 27000
  • % of Houses (vs apts): 31 %
  • % of families having at least 1 car: 82 %
  • Average family size: 2.5
  • Metro: None
  • RER: A
  • Transilien: None
  • Tramway: None
  • Greenery “Fleurie” distinction: None
  • Bilingual School (Primary and higher): None

Champs-sur-Marne

  • Postal code: 77420
  • Départements: 77 – Seine-et-Marne (Marne la Vallée)
  • Population (rounded): 24800
  • % of Houses (vs apts): 29 %
  • % of families having at least 1 car: 76 %
  • Average family size: 2.4
  • Metro: None
  • RER: A
  • Transilien: None
  • Tramway: None
  • Greenery “Fleurie” distinction: None
  • French Public School – Brevet Avg: 92 %
  • Bilingual School (Primary and higher): None

Chessy

  • Postal code: 77700
  • Départements: 77 – Seine-et-Marne (Marne la Vallée)
  • Population (rounded): 5300
  • % of Houses (vs apts): 39 %
  • % of families having at least 1 car: 84 %
  • Average family size: 2.6
  • Metro: None
  • RER: A
  • Transilien: None
  • Tramway: None
  • Greenery “Fleurie” distinction: None
  • Bilingual School (Primary and higher): None

Croissy-Beaubourg

  • Postal code: 77183
  • Départements: 77 – Seine-et-Marne (Marne la Vallée)
  • Population (rounded): 2000
  • % of Houses (vs apts): 95 %
  • % of families having at least 1 car: 96 %
  • Average family size: 2.6
  • Metro: None
  • RER: None
  • Transilien: None
  • Tramway: None
  • Greenery “Fleurie” distinction: None
  • French Public School – Brevet Avg: 82 %
  • Bilingual School (Primary and higher): None

Émerainville

  • Postal code: 77184
  • Départements: 77 – Seine-et-Marne (Marne la Vallée)
  • Population (rounded): 7800
  • % of Houses (vs apts): 49 %
  • % of families having at least 1 car: 91 %
  • Average family size: 2.7
  • Metro: None
  • RER: E
  • Transilien: None
  • Tramway: None
  • Greenery “Fleurie” distinction: None
  • Bilingual School (Primary and higher): None

Lagny-sur-Marne

  • Postal code: 77400
  • Départements: 77 – Seine-et-Marne (Marne la Vallée)
  • Population (rounded): 21300
  • % of Houses (vs apts): 37 %
  • % of families having at least 1 car: 81 %
  • Average family size: 2.3
  • Metro: None
  • RER: None
  • Transilien: Y
  • Tramway: None
  • Greenery “Fleurie” distinction: None
  • Bilingual School (Primary and higher): None

Lognes

  • Postal code: 77185
  • Départements: 77 – Seine-et-Marne (Marne la Vallée)
  • Population (rounded): 14000
  • % of Houses (vs apts): 21 %
  • % of families having at least 1 car: 80 %
  • Average family size: 2.6
  • Metro: None
  • RER: A
  • Transilien: None
  • Tramway: None
  • Greenery “Fleurie” distinction: 2 🌱🌱
  • Bilingual School (Primary and higher): None

Montévrain

  • Postal code: 77144
  • Départements: 77 – Seine-et-Marne (Marne la Vallée)
  • Population (rounded): 11000
  • % of Houses (vs apts): 28 %
  • % of families having at least 1 car: 81 %
  • Average family size: 2.2
  • Metro: None
  • RER: A
  • Transilien: None
  • Tramway: None
  • Greenery “Fleurie” distinction: None
  • Bilingual School (Primary and higher): None

Noisiel

  • Postal code: 77186
  • Départements: 77 – Seine-et-Marne (Marne la Vallée)
  • Population (rounded): 15500
  • % of Houses (vs apts): 26 %
  • % of families having at least 1 car: 74 %
  • Average family size: 2.6
  • Metro: None
  • RER: A
  • Transilien: None
  • Tramway: None
  • Greenery “Fleurie” distinction: 2 🌱🌱
  • French Public School – Brevet Avg: 95 %
  • Bilingual School (Primary and higher): None

Noisy-le-Grand

Serris

  • Postal code: 77700
  • Départements: 77 – Seine-et-Marne (Marne la Vallée)
  • Population (rounded): 8900
  • % of Houses (vs apts): 19 %
  • % of families having at least 1 car: 75 %
  • Average family size: 2.4
  • Metro: None
  • RER: A
  • Transilien: None
  • Tramway: None
  • Greenery “Fleurie” distinction: 3 🌱🌱🌱
  • Bilingual School (Primary and higher): None

Torcy

  • Postal code: 77200
  • Départements: 77 – Seine-et-Marne (Marne la Vallée)
  • Population (rounded): 23300
  • % of Houses (vs apts): 22 %
  • % of families having at least 1 car: 74 %
  • Average family size: 2.6
  • Metro: None
  • RER: A
  • Transilien: Y
  • Tramway: None
  • Greenery “Fleurie” distinction: 2 🌱🌱
  • Bilingual School (Primary and higher): None

Villiers-sur-Marne

  • Postal code: 94350
  • Départements: 94 – Val-de-Marne (Marne la Vallée)
  • Population (rounded): 29300
  • % of Houses (vs apts): 34 %
  • % of families having at least 1 car: 76 %
  • Average family size: 2.5
  • Metro: None
  • RER: E
  • Transilien: None
  • Tramway: None
  • Greenery “Fleurie” distinction: None
  • French Public School – Brevet Avg: 89 %
  • Bilingual School (Primary and higher): None

Public Transport & RER

Val de Marne does not have just one RER line, but a bit of everything. As with the Hauts-de-Seine and the Yvelines suburbs, a lot of focus of public transport in the Grand Paris area is about getting to La Défense. This makes sense if you work in Finance, but there are a lot of other businesses around as well. The northern area around Charles-de-Gaulle airport also has a lot of businesses around, notably Air France, Airbus, and all their service providers.

These communes on the East, being so accessible by public transit, make a good hub for families, while remaining within commuting distance for the parents. Around 67% of households here have at least one car, compared to 35% in Paris. Housing on the East-side is also slightly cheaper than on the West, so you get more bang for your buck.

Like the other suburbs, there are several public transportations in the works at the moment that are expected to be finished over the next few years:

  • Three new metro lines, #14 running into Paris, #15 running on the outskirts of Paris, and #18 going all the way to Orly airport and Versailles on the West end. Metro line #1 is also expected to get an extension.
  • Two new tram lines running around Grand Paris.

Greenery

Does Disney count as a park? Besides Disney, there are plenty of little parks and green space around. However, only 22% of the residential market in Val de Marne consists of houses, the rest are apartments. So getting a house with a backyard is not a given. But some popular towns, like Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, have a housing rate of 38%, compared to apartments, and are right next to the RER station.

As for the other suburbs on the West and North, I have noted the Ville Fleurie distinction that was given by the government association Le Conseil National des Villes et Villages Fleuris. They denote if the town has received the designation, and how many plants (1-4) the town has received.

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Marne la Vallée and Val de Marne (94): Living in the Suburbs East of Paris

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