Pavia for Expats and Nomads

Quality of LifeCost of LivingDigital Nomads

👥Population: 545,888

🚑Healthcare: great

📚Education: great

👮🏽‍♀️Safety: okay

🚨Crime: high

🚌Transport: excellent

🚥Traffic: low

🚴‍♂️Cyclable: excellent

🏛️Culture: poor

🍸Nightlife: poor

Recreation: excellent

🌦️Climate: okay

☀️Sunshine: good

🥵Summers: not very hot

🥶Winters: very cold

🌧️Rain: average

🌫️Fog: a lot

🍃Air quality: excellent

👪For family: okay

👩For women: great

🏳️‍🌈LGBTQ+: great

🥗For vegans: okay

📈Cost of Living: average

🧑🏻Expenses (single person): 1728.78€/m

👩🏽‍🏫Expenses (tourist): 2593.17€/m

🏠Rental (studio apt.): 286.3€/m

🏘️Rental (2-room apt.): 409€/m

🏰Rental (3-room apt.): 572.6€/m

🏙️Housing Cost: affordable

💵Local Income: 1803.51€/m

👪Expenses (small family): 2603.03€/m

🏠Sale (studio apt.): 33750€/m

🏘️Sale (2-room apt.): 56250€/m

🏰Sale (3-room apt.): 78750€/m

👩‍💻Nomad-friendly: okay

💃Fun: okay

🤗Friendliness: good

🤐English-speakers: good

😊Happiness: great

💸Nomad cost: 2593.17€/m

📡High-speed Internet: poor

📈Innovation: great

🏖️Beach: poor

⛰️Hiking: great


Map of the Pavia province in Lombardy
Map of the provinces of Lombardy including Pavia
The province of Pavia is the 32nd largest Italian province by population with 545.888 people, located in the Lombardy region.

The larger Pavia metropolitan area comprises 186 towns (comuni) and covers an area of 296.864 km2.

The population density is 184 inhabitants per km2, making it somewhat densely populated.

The male to female ratio is 1.00:1.06.

Pavia is a city in Lombardy, home to one of the oldest universities in Europe (founded in 1361) and many interesting churches.

Pavia is also called the city of the hundred towers, the city of kings (as it was the capital of the Longobards), the city of wisdom, the city of the red bricks and it is surrounded by Oltrepo' Pavese, the so called "Tuscany of the northern Italy" with marvellous hills and wine yards scattered here and then across its landscape.

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The province of Pavia receives on average 225 hours of sunshine per month, or 7.5 hours of sunshine per day.NaN This is 4.66% less than the average for Italy and 1.93% more than the average for the region of Lombardy.

Throughout the year, it rains on average 7.03 days per month, which is an ordinary amount of precipitation for an Italian province.

During the autumn and winter season, there are usually 16.42 days per month with fog and 6.97 cold days per month with perceived temperatures below 3°C.

In the summer, there are on average 19.75 hot days per month with perceived temperatures above 30°C.

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Cost of Living

The average monthly income in Pavia is around 1803.51€, which is higher than the average for Italy.

The estimated cost of living is around 1728.78€ per month for an individual or 2603.03€ per month for a family of 4.

The cost for renting a small apartment (2-3 bedrooms) in a main city area is around 1260.23€ per month.

Overall, Pavia is expensive compared to other Italian provinces.

Living in Pavia is around 4.77% more expensive than the average of all Italian provinces.

Quality of Life


Healthcare in Pavia is above average. For every 10k inhabitants, there are around undefined pharmacies, 7.83 general practitioners and 38 specialized doctors per 10k inhabitants.

NaNAverage life expectancy in Pavia is 79.9 years of age.


Pavia has a higher-than-average percentage of high school graduates, around 70%; and a higher-than-average percentage of university graduates, around 30.2%.NaN The average number of completed years of schooling for people over 25 is 10.98, which is above the national average of 10.44.

NaN There are no universities in this province.


Overall, Pavia has somewhat decent nightlife with 3.03 bars and 3.21 restaurants per 10k inhabitants.

Crime and Safety

The province of Pavia is overall moderately safe for expats.

As of 2021, there are an average of 3301.8 reported crimes per 100k inhabitants.

This is 16.43% higher than the national average.

There have been around 0.8 deadly road accidents and 7.1 serious work-related injuries per 10k people in Pavia.

This is respectively 48.15% more driving accidents than average and 44.96% less work accidents than average.

Car theft is reportedly 13.09% lower than average with only 61.3 cases per 100k inhabitants.

NaNReports of house thefts are 73.44% higher than average with 303.56 cases per 100k inhabitants.

NaNCases of robbery are not totally uncommon, around 3.30% higher than average with 22.87 reports per 100k inhabitants.

Pavia generally maintains a low crime rate. However, visitors should still exercise caution and be mindful of their surroundings, particularly in crowded areas and tourist spots.

It is advisable to secure personal belongings, avoid isolated areas at night, and use well-lit and populated streets.

By taking necessary precautions, you can have a safer experience in Pavia.


Public transport in Pavia is quite good, and traffic is below average.

NaNThere are on average 0.59 active vehicles per person, against a national average of 0.66.

Around 1.11km per 10k inhabitants of the main city in Pavia consist of bicycle lanes.

This makes Pavia somewhat bike-friendly by Italian standards.


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