The location of Les Gets, in the Alps and so close to important travel links, helps bring in visitors every year that keep the town busy, increase the population and help local businesses to keep going.

Permanent Population

Les Gets covers thirty kilometres squared and has a population of 1306 permanent residents. This equates to a population density of 43.6 people per square kilometre. According to this census the population has declined 3.5% since 1999. The population is 49.5% male and 50.5% female.

Historical Population

Since the first census in 1793 the population has remained remarkably static. The first census recorded a population of 1158, compared to 2004ís 1306. The population was on the decline from 1886, when it was at 1222 till 1946 when it reached an all time low of 747. The initial decline could be due to improved links with the rest of France (and also the fact that Les Gets had only recently become a part of France in the 1860s) meaning that migration for work became easier, and also industrialisation and a stagnating rural economy could have helped attract people to cities. By 1946 World War Two would also have contributed to a decrease in population. By the 1950s the population had started to grow once again. This could be attributed to the new opportunities that were arising in the new ski industry, as this would have been around the time the first lift on Mt Chery was being built, and about fifteen years after the first lift went in on the Chavannes. Whatever the reason the population has generally been slowly but surely growing ever since, with a slight dip between 1999 and 2004.

Tourist Numbers

Les Gets has approximately 15,000 tourist beds in town, which demonstrates how much the town has grown to become a tourist centre over the past fifty years. The tourist seasons are between December and April and June and September every year, with the busiest times occurring during the ski season around the school holiday weeks of New Year and throughout February. It is hard to judge the number of workers who come to work seasonal jobs as they are not subject to any census. However, there is a huge contrast between the town in peak months of winter and summer and the quieter interseason months when much of the town will be closed and the streets will be deserted.