L'Aquila for Expats and Nomads

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👥Population: 299,031

🚑Healthcare: great

📚Education: excellent

👮🏽‍♀️Safety: great

🚨Crime: very low

🚌Transport: excellent

🚥Traffic: high

🚴‍♂️Cyclable: poor

🏛️Culture: great

🍸Nightlife: great

Recreation: poor

🌦️Climate: good

☀️Sunshine: good

🥵Summers: not hot

🥶Winters: very cold

🌧️Rain: little

🌫️Fog: little

🍃Air quality: poor

👪For family: great

👩For women: okay

🏳️‍🌈LGBTQ+: good

🥗For vegans: good

📈Cost of Living: affordable

🧑🏻Expenses (single person): 1448.98€/m

👩🏽‍🏫Expenses (tourist): 2173.47€/m

🏠Rental (studio apt.): 266.7€/m

🏘️Rental (2-room apt.): 381€/m

🏰Rental (3-room apt.): 533.4€/m

🏙️Housing Cost: affordable

💵Local Income: 1463.46€/m

👪Expenses (small family): 2176.44€/m

🏠Sale (studio apt.): 36600€/m

🏘️Sale (2-room apt.): 61000€/m

🏰Sale (3-room apt.): 85400€/m

👩‍💻Nomad-friendly: good

💃Fun: great

🤗Friendliness: good

🤐English-speakers: great

😊Happiness: okay

💸Nomad cost: 2173.47€/m

📡High-speed Internet: poor

📈Innovation: good

🏖️Beach: poor

⛰️Hiking: excellent


Map of the L'Aquila province in Abruzzo
Map of the provinces of Abruzzo including L'Aquila
The province of L'Aquila is the 73rd largest Italian province by population with 299.031 people, located in the Abruzzo region.

The larger L'Aquila metropolitan area comprises 108 towns (comuni) and covers an area of 504.755 km2.

The population density is 59 inhabitants per km2, making it sparcely populated.

The male to female ratio is 1.00:1.04.

L'Aquila is the capital of the province of the same name in the region of Abruzzo in Italy and is located in the northern part of the province.

It is a small, pleasant city that is surrounded by high mountains. The city was established by the German Emperor Corrado IV in 1254. According to legend, the town gathered the population from 99 local villages into the one city.

Each group of villagers in-turn created their own church, resulting in a city of 99 churches and squares.

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The province of L'Aquila receives on average 228 hours of sunshine per month, or 7.6 hours of sunshine per day.NaN This is 3.39% less than the average for Italy and 4.70% less than the average for the region of Abruzzo.

Throughout the year, it rains on average 6.33 days per month, which is below average for an Italian province.

During the autumn and winter season, there are usually 1.87 days per month with fog and 4.73 cold days per month with perceived temperatures below 3°C.

In the summer, there are on average 16.45 hot days per month with perceived temperatures above 30°C.

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Cost of Living

The average monthly income in L'Aquila is around 1463.46€, which is lower than the average for Italy.

The estimated cost of living is around 1448.98€ per month for an individual or 2176.44€ per month for a family of 4.

The cost for renting a small apartment (2-3 bedrooms) in a main city area is around 659.14€ per month.

Overall, L'Aquila is affordable compared to other Italian provinces.

Living in L'Aquila is around 12.19% cheaper than the average of all Italian provinces.

Quality of Life


Healthcare in L'Aquila is above average. For every 10k inhabitants, there are around undefined pharmacies, 9.85 general practitioners and 33.6 specialized doctors per 10k inhabitants.

NaNAverage life expectancy in L'Aquila is very high at 82.5 years of age.


L'Aquila has a higher-than-average percentage of high school graduates, around 72.9%; and a higher-than-average percentage of university graduates, around 33.1%.NaN The average number of completed years of schooling for people over 25 is 11.19, which is above the national average of 10.44.

NaN There is one university in the province.


L'Aquila offers a vibrant nightlife scene that reflects the city's youthful energy.

The streets come alive after dark with a variety of bars, pubs, and clubs catering to different tastes.

Visitors can enjoy live music performances, DJ sets, and a bustling atmosphere.

L'Aquila's nightlife scene embraces the city's cultural heritage while providing an exciting and energetic experience for its visitors.

Overall, L'Aquila has pretty good nightlife with 3.87 bars and 4.92 restaurants per 10k inhabitants.

Crime and Safety

The province of L'Aquila is overall very safe for expats.

As of 2021, there are an average of 2041.2 reported crimes per 100k inhabitants.

This is 28.02% lower than the national average.

There have been around 0.8 deadly road accidents and 15.6 serious work-related injuries per 10k people in L'Aquila.

This is respectively 48.15% more driving accidents than average and -20.93% less work accidents than average.

Car theft is reportedly 54.09% lower than average with only 32.38 cases per 100k inhabitants.

NaNReports of house thefts are 36.41% lower than average with 111.3 cases per 100k inhabitants.

NaNCases of robbery are uncommon with 111.3 reported cases per 100k inhabitants, about 57.36% less the national average.

L'Aquila is generally considered a safe city with a low crime rate.

Located in the Abruzzo region, the city maintains a peaceful environment for residents and visitors.

The most common types of crime in L'Aquila are related to petty theft and pickpocketing, which can occur in crowded tourist areas.

Travelers should remain vigilant and take necessary precautions to safeguard personal belongings.

Women usually feel safe walking alone in L'Aquila, but it is always recommended to exercise caution, particularly at night and in less-populated areas.

L'Aquila has a low murder rate, and road accidents are infrequent. However, it is still important to adhere to traffic regulations and drive responsibly.


Public transport in L'Aquila is quite good, and traffic is very high.

NaNThere are on average 0.77 active vehicles per person, against a national average of 0.66.

Around 0.04km per 10k inhabitants of the main city in L'Aquila consist of bicycle lanes.

This makes L'Aquila not very bike-friendly.

L'Aquila is small enough that it is quite easy to walk from one end to the other, but the station and the fountain of 99 are down a considerable hill from the city so you might prefer to ride a local bus up.


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