Italy Population 2017

59,328,880

Italy's 2017 population is estimated at 59.36 million according to the latest UN projections. The official Census figures are more optimistic, estimating the population at 61,838,227 in 2016. Italy, officially the Italian Republic, is located in Southern Europe and bordered by France, Slovenia, Austria and Switzerland along the Alps. This famously boot-shaped country is the 4th most populous country in Europe (after France, the United Kingdom, and Germany) and the 23th most populous in the world.

Italy's population density is very uneven and the Po Valley is the most densely populated with almost half of the country's population. Other densely packed areas include the metropolitan areas of Naples and Rome. The Basilicata plateaus, the Alps and Apennines highlands, and the island of Sardinia have a very sparse population.

Italy Demographics

Italy experienced mass emigration from the end of the 19th century through the 1960s with nearly 750,000 Italians emigrating per year from 1898 to 1914. It's thought that this is the largest mass migration in contemporary times and led to a diaspora of 25 million Italians. Today, over 5 million Italian-born people live abroad.

By the late 1970s, however, Italy began to attract a great deal of foreign immigrants. It's estimated there are over 5 million foreign residents in Italy today, which accounts for 7.5% of the total population. This includes about 500,000 children born in Italy to foreign nationals.

Official figures for Italy's population exclude illegal immigrants, as their numbers are hard to determine. Estimates place their numbers at 670,000 today, many of which are from Eastern Europe and North Africa. The number of illegal immigrants entering the company has increased by 43% in 2016, according to best estimates.

There are also close to 1 million Romanian citizens officially registered in Italy, followed by Moroccans and Albanians with a population of half a million each.

The largest ethnic group in Italy is the Native Italian, comprising 96% of the population.

Largest Cities in Italy

The three largest cities in Italy include Rome (2.8 million), Milan (1.3 million) and Naples (1 million), although Naples has experienced a population drop below 1 million in the last decade. Rome is Italy's capital and home to 2.8 million people in 1,285 square kilometers (496 square miles), which makes it the 4th most populous city in the European Union within city limits. Its urban area is home to up to 3.8 million, and the Rome metropolitan area has a population of 4.2 million.

Rome has a rich history that spans over 2,500 years since it was founded in 753 BC. It's one of the oldest continuously occupied cities on the continent and is often referred to as "the Eternal City."

Milan, the fashion capital of the world, was first settled by Celts circa 400 BC, although it was eventually conquered by the Romans and became the capital of the Western Roman Empire. The city proper is home to 1.3 million people, but the urban area has a population of 5.2 million and is the 5th largest in the EU and the largest in the country. The Milan metropolitan region has a population of 8 million.

Italian Census

The most recent Census was taken in 2011, and showed the population at 59,433,744. This figure is pretty close to the UN estimates, but there are disparities when it comes to population projections. The census projects continued growth for several decades, whereas the UN estimates that Italy will decline from 2016 on.

Italy Population Growth

Italy's population is expected to decline throughout the 21st century with a death rate now greatly exceeding the birth rate,. Latest indicators show 1,673 deaths per day, compared to just 1,353 births per day. Despire a positive net migration of 289 per day, the overall trend is now negative. Currently, Italy's foreign residents are outpacing the country's population growth with a foreign population that grew 7.4% in 2012, compared to a population growth of just 0.5%.

Italy is a rapidly aging country, and in 2014 a full 22% of its population was 65 or older, with just 13.5% under the age of 15.

Italy Population in 2018Source: Schlurcher (talk)

Population Data via United Nations WPP (2015 Revision, Medium Variant)

Italy Population Growth

The population is expected to decline over the next 3 decades as the country already has a death rate that exceeds its birth rate along with negative migration. The UN estimates that 2016 will represent Italy's peak population, and the country's population will decline for the remainder of the century. The official statistics from the Italian Census paint a rosier picture, projecting that Italy will continue to grow until 2042, reaching a peak of nearly 64 million.

About Italy

Official NameItalian Republic
Languages SpokenAustro-Bavarian German, Sardinian, Italian
BordersAUT, FRA, SMR, SVN, CHE, VAT
Is LandlockedNo
Latitude/Longitude42.8333333312.83333333
Currencies UsedEUR

Italy Population Density

Name Population
Rome2,318,895
Milano1,236,837
Napoli959,470
Turin870,456
Palermo648,260
Genoa580,223
Bologna366,133
Florence349,296
Catania290,927
Bari277,387
Messina219,948
Verona219,103
Padova203,725
Trieste187,056
Brescia184,826
Prato181,820
Taranto181,082
Reggio Calabria169,140
Modena158,886
Livorno153,773
Cagliari149,257
Mestre147,662
Parma146,299
Foggia137,032
Reggio nell'Emilia133,296
Acilia-Castel Fusano-Ostia Antica129,362
Salerno125,797
Perugia120,137
Monza119,618
Rimini118,673
Pescara116,596
Bergamo114,162
Vicenza107,129
Bolzano99,049
Andria98,342
Udine97,761
Siracusa97,472
Terni97,050
Forli93,638
Novara93,295
Barletta93,279
Piacenza93,228
Ferrara92,802
Sassari91,895
Ancona89,994
La Spezia88,491
Torre del Greco85,897
Como81,975
Lucca81,748
Ravenna80,868
Lecce80,695
Trento80,425
Giugliano in Campania80,269
Busto Arsizio79,519
Lido di Ostia79,400
Cesena79,398
Catanzaro78,970
Brindisi78,548
Marsala77,915
Treviso77,604
Pesaro77,241
Pisa77,007
Varese76,851
Sesto San Giovanni76,509
Arezzo76,346
Latina76,305
Gela73,854
Pistoia73,832
Caserta72,844
Cinisello Balsamo71,109
Lamezia Terme70,501
Altamura67,821
Guidonia Montecelio67,516
Quartu Sant'Elena66,620
Pavia65,734
Castellammare di Stabia65,730
Massa64,783
Alessandria64,178
Cosenza63,852
Afragola62,775
Ragusa61,380
Asti61,254
Grosseto60,922
Cremona59,561
Molfetta59,557
Trapani58,681
Carrara58,666
Casoria58,456
Savona58,283
Vigevano57,970
Legnano57,589
Caltanissetta56,715
Potenza56,433
Portici55,765
Nicastro-Sambiase55,687
Matera54,891
San Severo54,880
Cerignola54,056
Trani53,981
Bisceglie53,648
Acerra53,578
Ercolano53,576
Carpi Centro53,024
Imola52,981
Bagheria52,952
Manfredonia52,911
Aversa52,830
Bitonto51,661
Venice51,298
Vittoria50,852
Gallarate50,439
Marano di Napoli49,920
Pordenone49,878
Acireale49,477
Scafati49,264
Moncalieri49,153
Viareggio49,099
Benevento48,931
Crotone48,704
Velletri48,443
Cava De Tirreni48,127
Avellino48,104
Foligno47,747
Nichelino47,605
Civitavecchia47,543
Viterbo47,134
Battipaglia47,104
Rho47,086
San Remo47,043
Lecco46,580
Collegno46,524
Corato46,505
Cuneo46,416
Paderno Dugnano46,235
Rivoli46,031
Paterno46,030
Montesilvano Marina45,991
Mazara del Vallo45,953
San Benedetto del Tronto45,873
Casalnuovo di Napoli45,796
Cologno Monzese45,786
Sesto Fiorentino45,656
Vercelli45,593
Pozzuoli45,575
Misterbianco45,542
San Giorgio a Cremano45,463
Anzio45,403
Nocera Inferiore45,086
Scandicci44,951
Nettuno44,756
Frosinone44,505
Chieti44,444
Alcamo44,431
Settimo Torinese44,122
Torre Annunziata43,521
Biella43,030
Olbia42,930
Siena42,867
Seregno42,760
Gravina in Puglia42,210
Chioggia41,897
Ascoli Piceno41,741
Faenza41,714
Modica41,126
Capannori41,116
Aprilia41,094
Lodi40,767
Cascina40,512
Desio40,337
Marcianise40,239
Rozzano39,731
Campobasso39,723
Rovigo39,347
Mantova39,260
Rieti39,068
Fano38,999
Pomigliano d'Arco38,921
Imperia38,675
Civitanova Marche38,299
Bassano del Grappa38,224
Saronno38,099
Marino38,013
Avezzano37,808
Monopoli37,738
Martina Franca37,685
Quarto37,683
Lissone37,353
Cantu37,273
Monterotondo37,225
Cesano Maderno36,986
Jesi36,985
Melito di Napoli36,933
Sassuolo36,926
Sciacca36,897
Licata36,537
Modugno36,384
Teramo36,099
Voghera36,054
Nuoro35,948
Caltagirone35,371
Bollate35,235
Ciampino35,174
Carini35,082
Arzano34,933
Gorizia34,646
Caivano34,604
Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto34,598
Fiumicino-Isola Sacra34,556
Maddaloni34,546
Adrano34,446
Empoli34,394
Alghero34,261
Mugnano di Napoli34,231
Ladispoli34,204
Pioltello34,203
Rovereto34,152
Casalecchio di Reno33,789
Schio33,740
L'Aquila33,691
Corsico33,669
Sant'Antimo33,561
Venaria Reale33,531
Merano33,453
Francavilla Fontana33,415
Grugliasco33,100
Brugherio33,061
Canicatti32,918
Mira Taglio32,881
Campi Bisenzio32,871
Pagani32,835
San Dona di Piave32,819
Riccione32,744
Agrigento32,514
Somma Vesuviana32,484
Aosta32,295
Lucera32,222
Chieri32,169
Favara32,110
Limbiate32,062
Milazzo31,771
Santa Maria Capua Vetere31,743
Angri31,632
Crema31,481
Grottaglie31,320
Casale Monferrato31,275
Verbania31,070
Portocivitanova31,064
San Giuliano Milanese31,050
Termoli31,044
Terracina30,980
Senigallia30,882
Massafra30,875
Pinerolo30,866
Macerata30,842
Conegliano30,765
Augusta30,723
Lanciano30,705
Abbiategrasso30,659
Vasto30,367
Piombino30,103
Canosa di Puglia30,046
Mascalucia29,910
Marigliano29,901
Frattamaggiore29,822
San Paolo29,800
Nardo29,668
Monterusciello29,125
Gragnano29,082
Cernusco sul Naviglio29,078
Pallanza-Intra-Suna28,911
Sarno28,837
Partinico28,708
Avola28,666
Formia28,521
San Donato Milanese28,351
Segrate28,296
Castelvetrano28,072
Manduria27,411
Cisterna di Latina27,362
Rapallo26,993
Niscemi26,893
San Giuseppe Vesuviano26,888
Boscoreale26,861
Triggiano26,811
Camaiore26,746
Monfalcone26,706
Albano Laziale26,684
Montebelluna26,670
Fondi26,634
Chiavari26,572
Gravina di Catania26,524
Mesagne26,497
San Miniato Basso26,365
Parabiago26,364
Formigine26,324
Comiso26,298
Eboli26,183
San Giovanni Rotondo26,179
Romano Banco26,163
Mondragone26,076
Garbagnate Milanese25,974
Novi Ligure25,957
Falconara Marittima25,948
Terlizzi25,811
Bresso25,712
Bacoli25,590
Castelfranco Veneto25,545
Assemini25,257
Villaricca25,074
Belluno25,064
Lainate25,011
Marina di Carrara25,000
Treviglio24,937
Alba24,923
Santeramo in Colle24,922
Vittorio Veneto24,789
Orta di Atella24,750
Mola di Bari24,682
Bagnoli24,671
Aci Catena24,663
Oristano24,641
Giussano24,357
Gioia del Colle24,184
Ostuni24,157
Giarre24,138
Lentini24,102
Nola24,101
Bra24,072
Ruvo di Puglia23,938
Pompei23,902
Casa Santa23,880
Rossano Stazione23,824
Sora23,758
Qualiano23,752
Lumezzane23,712
Spinea-Orgnano23,710
Putignano23,661
Seriate23,552
Copertino23,489
Nocera Superiore23,452
Ottaviano23,396
Cesano Boscone23,368
Selargius23,285
Ivrea23,278
Fabriano23,230
San Sebastiano23,228
Muggio23,193
Biancavilla23,188
Chivasso23,017
Carmagnola23,012
Enna22,998
Termini Imerese22,957
Volla22,911
Quattromiglia22,889
Dalmine22,881
Tortona22,743
Seveso22,733
Vimercate22,727
Meda22,665
Desenzano del Garda22,665
Conversano22,661
Iglesias22,659
Palma di Montechiaro22,654
Mariano Comense22,643
Fasano22,593
Magenta22,566
Valdagno22,555
Citta di Castello22,497
Vignola22,397
San Lazzaro22,350
Pomezia22,346
Nova Milanese22,310
Cardito22,239
Porto Sant'Elpidio22,233
Floridia22,089
San Cataldo22,079
San Giovanni la Punta22,046
Cecina22,018
Tivoli22,018
Mogliano Veneto21,991
Noicattaro21,988
Monreale21,964
Fidenza21,952
Castel Volturno21,881
Mondovi21,880
Orbassano21,813
Poggibonsi21,692
Carbonia21,664
Porto Torres21,653
Legnago21,646
Lugo21,273
Arzignano21,247
Cassano Magnago21,208
Follonica21,163
San Nicola la Strada21,147
Thiene21,145
Francavilla al Mare21,095
Sulmona21,086
Cassino21,074
Guidonia20,943

Italy Population Clock

What is the population of Italy (as of 12/12/2017)?59,328,880
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2017)59,359,900
Births Per Day1,340
Deaths Per Day1,710
Net Migrations Per Day 182
Net Change Per Day -188
Population Change Since January 1st-65,048

Italy Population Indicators

IndicatorValue
Crude Birth Rate 8.243 births/thousand
Crude Death Rate 10.52 deaths/thousand
Crude Net Migration Rate 1.121 people/thousand
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 83.076 years
Male Life Expectancy 80.814 years
Female Life Expectancy 85.228 years
Total Fertility Rate 1.478 children/woman
Net Reproduction Rate 0.712 surviving daughters/woman
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.063 males per female
Infant Mortality Rate 2.462 deaths/1,000 live births
Under Five Mortality 2.867 deaths/thousand
Mean Age at Childbearing 31.617 years
Rate of Natural Increase -2.276
Median Age (Total) 45.1 years
Median Age (Female) 46.2 years
Median Age (Male) 44 years

Italy Population History

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
201759,359,90048.74%51.26%19723-0.12%
201559,504,21248.67%51.33%19723-0.08%
201059,729,80748.58%51.42%198230.31%
200558,808,48348.65%51.35%195220.52%
200057,293,72148.52%51.48%190220.01%
199557,255,19348.56%51.44%190220.04%
199057,127,12048.64%51.36%190170.04%
198557,012,35248.69%51.31%189140.21%
198056,419,27848.63%51.37%187130.39%
197555,330,69448.73%51.27%184140.65%
197053,578,68348.74%51.26%178130.71%
196551,728,66448.67%51.33%172110.79%
196049,742,19648.64%51.36%165100.56%
195548,372,84248.62%51.38%161100.75%
195046,598,60148.68%51.32%155100.00%

Italy Population Projections

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
202059,132,07348.84%51.16%196240.00%
202558,623,03248.97%51.03%19526-0.17%
203058,109,91849.06%50.94%19328-0.18%
203557,534,36049.11%50.89%19130-0.20%
204056,872,17449.15%50.85%18931-0.23%
204556,071,39449.18%50.82%18634-0.28%
205055,093,19449.21%50.79%18336-0.35%
205553,933,32249.26%50.74%17941-0.42%
206052,685,58249.33%50.67%17542-0.47%
206551,505,78349.44%50.56%17146-0.45%
207050,532,91849.55%50.45%16847-0.38%
207549,820,74049.65%50.35%16548-0.28%
208049,325,03749.72%50.28%16450-0.20%
208548,936,72749.75%50.25%16249-0.16%
209048,574,82649.77%50.23%16150-0.15%
209548,205,30149.78%50.22%16050-0.15%