Italy Population 2017

59,822,602

Italy's 2016 population is estimated at 59,801,004 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 2017Source: 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
Guidonia20,943
Cassino21,074
Sulmona21,086
Francavilla al Mare21,095
Thiene21,145
San Nicola la Strada21,147
Follonica21,163
Cassano Magnago21,208
Arzignano21,247
Lugo21,273
Legnago21,646
Porto Torres21,653
Carbonia21,664
Poggibonsi21,692
Orbassano21,813
Mondovi21,880
Castel Volturno21,881
Fidenza21,952
Monreale21,964
Noicattaro21,988
Mogliano Veneto21,991
Tivoli22,018
Cecina22,018
San Giovanni la Punta22,046
San Cataldo22,079
Floridia22,089
Porto Sant'Elpidio22,233
Cardito22,239
Nova Milanese22,310
Pomezia22,346
San Lazzaro22,350
Vignola22,397
Citta di Castello22,497
Valdagno22,555
Magenta22,566
Fasano22,593
Mariano Comense22,643
Palma di Montechiaro22,654
Iglesias22,659
Conversano22,661
Desenzano del Garda22,665
Meda22,665
Vimercate22,727
Seveso22,733
Tortona22,743
Dalmine22,881
Quattromiglia22,889
Volla22,911
Termini Imerese22,957
Enna22,998
Carmagnola23,012
Chivasso23,017
Biancavilla23,188
Muggio23,193
San Sebastiano23,228
Fabriano23,230
Ivrea23,278
Selargius23,285
Cesano Boscone23,368
Ottaviano23,396
Nocera Superiore23,452
Copertino23,489
Seriate23,552
Putignano23,661
Spinea-Orgnano23,710
Lumezzane23,712
Qualiano23,752
Sora23,758
Rossano Stazione23,824
Casa Santa23,880
Pompei23,902
Ruvo di Puglia23,938
Bra24,072
Nola24,101
Lentini24,102
Giarre24,138
Ostuni24,157
Gioia del Colle24,184
Giussano24,357
Oristano24,641
Aci Catena24,663
Bagnoli24,671
Mola di Bari24,682
Orta di Atella24,750
Vittorio Veneto24,789
Santeramo in Colle24,922
Alba24,923
Treviglio24,937
Marina di Carrara25,000
Lainate25,011
Belluno25,064
Villaricca25,074
Assemini25,257
Castelfranco Veneto25,545
Bacoli25,590
Bresso25,712
Terlizzi25,811
Falconara Marittima25,948
Novi Ligure25,957
Garbagnate Milanese25,974
Mondragone26,076
Romano Banco26,163
San Giovanni Rotondo26,179
Eboli26,183
Comiso26,298
Formigine26,324
Parabiago26,364
San Miniato Basso26,365
Mesagne26,497
Gravina di Catania26,524
Chiavari26,572
Fondi26,634
Montebelluna26,670
Albano Laziale26,684
Monfalcone26,706
Camaiore26,746
Triggiano26,811
Boscoreale26,861
San Giuseppe Vesuviano26,888
Niscemi26,893
Rapallo26,993
Cisterna di Latina27,362
Manduria27,411
Castelvetrano28,072
Segrate28,296
San Donato Milanese28,351
Formia28,521
Avola28,666
Partinico28,708
Sarno28,837
Pallanza-Intra-Suna28,911
Cernusco sul Naviglio29,078
Gragnano29,082
Monterusciello29,125
Nardo29,668
San Paolo29,800
Frattamaggiore29,822
Marigliano29,901
Mascalucia29,910
Canosa di Puglia30,046
Piombino30,103
Vasto30,367
Abbiategrasso30,659
Lanciano30,705
Augusta30,723
Conegliano30,765
Macerata30,842
Pinerolo30,866
Massafra30,875
Senigallia30,882
Terracina30,980
Termoli31,044
San Giuliano Milanese31,050
Portocivitanova31,064
Verbania31,070
Casale Monferrato31,275
Grottaglie31,320
Crema31,481
Angri31,632
Santa Maria Capua Vetere31,743
Milazzo31,771
Limbiate32,062
Favara32,110
Chieri32,169
Lucera32,222
Aosta32,295
Somma Vesuviana32,484
Agrigento32,514
Riccione32,744
San Dona di Piave32,819
Pagani32,835
Campi Bisenzio32,871
Mira Taglio32,881
Canicatti32,918
Brugherio33,061
Grugliasco33,100
Francavilla Fontana33,415
Merano33,453
Venaria Reale33,531
Sant'Antimo33,561
Corsico33,669
L'Aquila33,691
Schio33,740
Casalecchio di Reno33,789
Rovereto34,152
Pioltello34,203
Ladispoli34,204
Mugnano di Napoli34,231
Alghero34,261
Empoli34,394
Adrano34,446
Maddaloni34,546
Fiumicino-Isola Sacra34,556
Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto34,598
Caivano34,604
Gorizia34,646
Arzano34,933
Carini35,082
Ciampino35,174
Bollate35,235
Caltagirone35,371
Nuoro35,948
Voghera36,054
Teramo36,099
Modugno36,384
Licata36,537
Sciacca36,897
Sassuolo36,926
Melito di Napoli36,933
Jesi36,985
Cesano Maderno36,986
Monterotondo37,225
Cantu37,273
Lissone37,353
Quarto37,683
Martina Franca37,685
Monopoli37,738
Avezzano37,808
Marino38,013
Saronno38,099
Bassano del Grappa38,224
Civitanova Marche38,299
Imperia38,675
Pomigliano d'Arco38,921
Fano38,999
Rieti39,068
Mantova39,260
Rovigo39,347
Campobasso39,723
Rozzano39,731
Marcianise40,239
Desio40,337
Cascina40,512
Lodi40,767
Aprilia41,094
Capannori41,116
Modica41,126
Faenza41,714
Ascoli Piceno41,741
Chioggia41,897
Gravina in Puglia42,210
Seregno42,760
Siena42,867
Olbia42,930
Biella43,030
Torre Annunziata43,521
Settimo Torinese44,122
Alcamo44,431
Chieti44,444
Frosinone44,505
Nettuno44,756
Scandicci44,951
Nocera Inferiore45,086
Anzio45,403
San Giorgio a Cremano45,463
Misterbianco45,542
Pozzuoli45,575
Vercelli45,593
Sesto Fiorentino45,656
Cologno Monzese45,786
Casalnuovo di Napoli45,796
San Benedetto del Tronto45,873
Mazara del Vallo45,953
Montesilvano Marina45,991
Paterno46,030
Rivoli46,031
Paderno Dugnano46,235
Cuneo46,416
Corato46,505
Collegno46,524
Lecco46,580
San Remo47,043
Rho47,086
Battipaglia47,104
Viterbo47,134
Civitavecchia47,543
Nichelino47,605
Foligno47,747
Avellino48,104
Cava De Tirreni48,127
Velletri48,443
Crotone48,704
Benevento48,931
Viareggio49,099
Moncalieri49,153
Scafati49,264
Acireale49,477
Pordenone49,878
Marano di Napoli49,920
Gallarate50,439
Vittoria50,852
Venice51,298
Bitonto51,661
Aversa52,830
Manfredonia52,911
Bagheria52,952
Imola52,981
Carpi Centro53,024
Ercolano53,576
Acerra53,578
Bisceglie53,648
Trani53,981
Cerignola54,056
San Severo54,880
Matera54,891
Nicastro-Sambiase55,687
Portici55,765
Potenza56,433
Caltanissetta56,715
Legnano57,589
Vigevano57,970
Savona58,283
Casoria58,456
Carrara58,666
Trapani58,681
Molfetta59,557
Cremona59,561
Grosseto60,922
Asti61,254
Ragusa61,380
Afragola62,775
Cosenza63,852
Alessandria64,178
Massa64,783
Castellammare di Stabia65,730
Pavia65,734
Quartu Sant'Elena66,620
Guidonia Montecelio67,516
Altamura67,821
Lamezia Terme70,501
Cinisello Balsamo71,109
Caserta72,844
Pistoia73,832
Gela73,854
Latina76,305
Arezzo76,346
Sesto San Giovanni76,509
Varese76,851
Pisa77,007
Pesaro77,241
Treviso77,604
Marsala77,915
Brindisi78,548
Catanzaro78,970
Cesena79,398
Lido di Ostia79,400
Busto Arsizio79,519
Giugliano in Campania80,269
Trento80,425
Lecce80,695
Ravenna80,868
Lucca81,748
Como81,975
Torre del Greco85,897
La Spezia88,491
Ancona89,994
Sassari91,895
Ferrara92,802
Piacenza93,228
Barletta93,279
Novara93,295
Forli93,638
Terni97,050
Siracusa97,472
Udine97,761
Andria98,342
Bolzano99,049
Vicenza107,129
Bergamo114,162
Pescara116,596
Rimini118,673
Monza119,618
Perugia120,137
Salerno125,797
Acilia-Castel Fusano-Ostia Antica129,362
Reggio nell'Emilia133,296
Foggia137,032
Parma146,299
Mestre147,662
Cagliari149,257
Livorno153,773
Modena158,886
Reggio Calabria169,140
Taranto181,082
Prato181,820
Brescia184,826
Trieste187,056
Padova203,725
Verona219,103
Messina219,948
Bari277,387
Catania290,927
Florence349,296
Bologna366,133
Genoa580,223
Palermo648,260
Turin870,456
Napoli959,470
Milano1,236,837
Rome2,318,895

Italy Population Clock

What is the population of Italy (as of 10/16/2017)?59,822,602
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2017)59,797,978
Births Per Day271
Deaths Per Day332
Net Migrations Per Day 289
Net Change Per Day 228
Population Change Since January 1st65,892

Italy Population Indicators

IndicatorValue
Crude Birth Rate 8.263 births/thousand
Crude Death Rate 10.135 deaths/thousand
Crude Net Migration Rate 1.768 people/thousand
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 83.686 years
Male Life Expectancy 81.249 years
Female Life Expectancy 85.973 years
Total Fertility Rate 1.481 children/woman
Net Reproduction Rate 0.718 surviving daughters/woman
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.063 males per female
Infant Mortality Rate 1.926 deaths/1,000 live births
Under Five Mortality 2.252 deaths/thousand
Mean Age at Childbearing 32.001 years
Rate of Natural Increase -1.956
Death Before 40 Probability (Total) 1.181%
Death Before 40 Probability (Male) 1.538%
Death Before 40 Probability (Female) 0.809%
Death Before 60 Probability (Total) 5.189%
Death Before 60 Probability (Male) 6.517%
Death Before 60 Probability (Female) 3.855%
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) Growth Rate
201759,797,97848.65%51.35%203-0.02%
201559,797,68548.61%51.39%2030.01%
201059,588,00748.56%51.44%2030.15%
200558,657,35548.63%51.37%1990.44%
200057,147,08148.50%51.50%1940.37%
199557,120,13648.55%51.45%194-0.05%
199057,007,57748.63%51.37%1940.04%
198556,910,88848.69%51.31%1930.08%
198056,336,44648.64%51.36%1920.27%
197555,268,54948.74%51.26%1880.49%
197053,522,67048.75%51.25%1820.69%
196551,693,13648.68%51.32%1760.74%
196049,714,96248.65%51.35%1690.71%
195548,350,84748.62%51.38%1640.54%
195046,598,60248.68%51.32%1580.89%

Italy Population Projections

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Growth Rate
202059,741,32748.71%51.29%203-0.06%
202559,486,40148.78%51.22%202-0.12%
203059,100,21948.84%51.16%201-0.15%
203558,634,91548.88%51.12%199-0.18%
204058,077,56748.92%51.08%197-0.22%
204557,379,80548.94%51.06%195-0.28%
205056,512,75148.96%51.04%192-0.34%
205555,494,35148.99%51.01%189-0.39%
206054,387,07549.05%50.95%185-0.41%
206553,291,93049.14%50.86%181-0.38%
207052,345,57649.27%50.73%178-0.32%
207551,601,75349.40%50.60%175-0.24%
208051,067,30449.50%50.50%174-0.17%
208550,670,12149.57%50.43%172-0.14%
209050,316,13749.61%50.39%171-0.14%
209549,974,36149.64%50.36%170-0.14%
Data Sources