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Bologna for Expats and Nomads

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👥Population: 1,017,196

🚑Healthcare: great

📚Education: excellent

👮🏽‍♀️Safety: poor

🚨Crime: too much

🚌Transport: excellent

🚥Traffic: very low

🚴‍♂️Cyclable: excellent

🏛️Culture: good

🍸Nightlife: excellent

⚽Recreation: excellent

🌦️Climate: okay

☀️Sunshine: good

🥵Summers: hot

🥶Winters: very cold

🌧️Rain: little

🌫️Fog: foggy

🍃Air quality: excellent

👪For family: great

👩For women: great

🏳️‍🌈LGBTQ+: excellent

🥗For vegans: excellent

📈Cost of Living: expensive

🧑🏻Expenses (single person): 2270.88€/m

👩🏽‍🏫Expenses (tourist): 3406.32€/m

🏠Rental (studio apt.): 500.85€/m

🏘️Rental (2-room apt.): 715.5€/m

🏰Rental (3-room apt.): 1001.7€/m

🏙️Housing Cost: expensive

💵Local Income: 2159.23€/m

👪Expenses (small family): 3394.6€/m

🏠Sale (studio apt.): 70200€/m

🏘️Sale (2-room apt.): 117000€/m

🏰Sale (3-room apt.): 163800€/m

👩‍💻Nomad-friendly: excellent

💃Fun: great

🤗Friendliness: excellent

🤐English-speakers: excellent

😊Happiness: great

💸Nomad cost: 3406.32€/m

📡High-speed Internet: excellent

📈Innovation: excellent

🏖️Beach: okay

⛰️Hiking: great


Map of the Bologna province in Emilia-Romagna
Map of the provinces of Emilia-Romagna including Bologna
The province of Bologna is the 11st largest Italian province by population with 1.017.196 people, located in the Emilia-Romagna region.

The larger Bologna metropolitan area comprises 55 towns (comuni) and covers an area of 3.702 km2. The population density is 274 inhabitants per km2, making it somewhat densely populated. The male to female ratio is 1.00:1.08.

Bologna (Emilian: Bulåggna) is a beautiful and historic city in the Emilia-Romagna region of Northeast Italy. It has the oldest university in the Western world, a lively student population, excellent food, a striking brick terracotta-roofed cityscape, and lots to see and do. The city itself has a population just under 395,000 in 2020. Until 2015 it was part of a "Province of Bologna" but this was absorbed into a metropolitan area, population 1,017,000. This page therefore covers the entire metropolis, with the exception of Imola, described separately.

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The province of Bologna receives on average 234 hours of sunshine per month, or 7.8 hours of sunshine per day. This is 0.85% less than the average for Italy and 0.57% more than the average for the region of Emilia-Romagna.

Throughout the year, it rains on average 6.68 days per month, which is below average for an Italian province.

Throughout the autumn and winter season, there are usually 7.55 days per month with fog and 4.17 cold days per month with perceived temperatures below 3°C. In the summer, there are on average 24.35 hot days per month with perceived temperatures above 30°C.

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Cost of Living

The average monthly income in Bologna is around 2159.23€, which is higher than the average for Italy.

The estimated cost of living is around 2270.88€ per month for an individual or 3394.6€ per month for a family of 4. The cost for renting a small apartment (2-3 bedrooms) in a main city area is around 1052.14€ per month.

Overall, Bologna is expensive compared to other Italian provinces. Living in Bologna is around 37.62% more expensive than the average of all Italian provinces.

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Healthcare in Bologna is above average. For every 10k inhabitants, there are around undefined pharmacies, 9.47 general practitioners and 39.9 specialized doctors per 10k inhabitants. Average life expectancy in Bologna is very high at 83.1 years of age.


Bologna has a higher-than-average percentage of high school graduates, around 76.8%; and a higher-than-average percentage of university graduates, around 41.8%. The average number of completed years of schooling for people over 25 is 11.67, which is above the national average of 10.44. There is one university in the province.


Bologna has pretty good nightlife with 3.03 bars and 3.57 restaurants per 10k inhabitants.

Crime and Safety

The province of Bologna is overall less safe than other Italian provinces for expats. As of 2021, there are an average of 4636.6 reported crimes per 100k inhabitants. This is 63.50% higher than the national average.

There have been around 0.6 deadly road accidents and 10.2 serious work-related injuries per 10k people in Bologna. This is respectively 11.11% more driving accidents than average and 20.93% less work accidents than average.

Car theft is reportedly 28.12% lower than average with only 50.7 cases per 100k inhabitants. Reports of house thefts are 105.69% higher than average with 359.99 cases per 100k inhabitants. Cases of robbery are not totally uncommon, around 124.53% higher than average with 49.71 reports per 100k inhabitants.


Public transport in Bologna is quite good, and traffic is low. There are on average 0.53 active vehicles per person, against a national average of 0.66.

Around 1.24km per 10k inhabitants of the main city in Bologna consist of bicycle lanes. This makes Bologna somewhat bike-friendly by Italian standards.


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