Potenza for Expats and Nomads

Quality of LifeCost of LivingDigital Nomads

👥Population: 364,960

🚑Healthcare: okay

📚Education: good

👮🏽‍♀️Safety: great

🚨Crime: very low

🚌Transport: poor

🚥Traffic: high

🚴‍♂️Cyclable: poor

🏛️Culture: good

🍸Nightlife: poor

Recreation: poor

🌦️Climate: good

☀️Sunshine: okay

🥵Summers: not hot

🥶Winters: very cold

🌧️Rain: little

🌫️Fog: no fog

🍃Air quality: poor

👪For family: okay

👩For women: poor

🏳️‍🌈LGBTQ+: okay

🥗For vegans: okay

📈Cost of Living: cheap

🧑🏻Expenses (single person): 1333.32€/m

👩🏽‍🏫Expenses (tourist): 1999.98€/m

🏠Rental (studio apt.): 212.45€/m

🏘️Rental (2-room apt.): 303.5€/m

🏰Rental (3-room apt.): 424.9€/m

🏙️Housing Cost: cheap

💵Local Income: 1436.34€/m

👪Expenses (small family): 2009.24€/m

🏠Sale (studio apt.): 34320€/m

🏘️Sale (2-room apt.): 57200€/m

🏰Sale (3-room apt.): 80080€/m

👩‍💻Nomad-friendly: okay

💃Fun: poor

🤗Friendliness: okay

🤐English-speakers: okay

😊Happiness: poor

💸Nomad cost: 1999.98€/m

📡High-speed Internet: poor

📈Innovation: good

🏖️Beach: poor

⛰️Hiking: okay


Map of the Potenza province in Basilicata
Map of the provinces of Basilicata including Potenza
The province of Potenza is the 57th largest Italian province by population with 364.960 people, located in the Basilicata region.

The larger Potenza metropolitan area comprises 100 towns (comuni) and covers an area of 659.444 km2.

The population density is 55 inhabitants per km2, making it sparcely populated.

The male to female ratio is 1.00:1.04.

Potenza is the capital city of Basilicata, sometimes called Lucania.

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The province of Potenza receives on average 219 hours of sunshine per month, or 7.3 hours of sunshine per day.NaN This is 7.20% less than the average for Italy and 5.19% less than the average for the region of Basilicata.

Throughout the year, it rains on average 6.8 days per month, which is below average for an Italian province.

During the autumn and winter season, there are usually 0.15 days per month with fog and 4.96 cold days per month with perceived temperatures below 3°C.

In the summer, there are on average 10.35 hot days per month with perceived temperatures above 30°C.

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Cost of Living

The average monthly income in Potenza is around 1436.34€, which is lower than the average for Italy.

The estimated cost of living is around 1333.32€ per month for an individual or 2009.24€ per month for a family of 4.

The cost for renting a small apartment (2-3 bedrooms) in a main city area is around 699.63€ per month.

Overall, Potenza is affordable compared to other Italian provinces.

Living in Potenza is around 19.20% cheaper than the average of all Italian provinces.

Quality of Life


Healthcare in Potenza is below average. For every 10k inhabitants, there are around undefined pharmacies, 10.59 general practitioners and 22.9 specialized doctors per 10k inhabitants.

NaNAverage life expectancy in Potenza is 81.8 years of age.


Potenza has a higher-than-average percentage of high school graduates, around 62.1%; and a higher-than-average percentage of university graduates, around 27.4%.NaN The average number of completed years of schooling for people over 25 is 10.21, which is not far from the national average of 10.44.

NaN There is one university in the province.


Overall, Potenza has somewhat decent nightlife with 2.84 bars and 2.8 restaurants per 10k inhabitants.

Crime and Safety

The province of Potenza is overall very safe for expats.

As of 2021, there are an average of 2046.3 reported crimes per 100k inhabitants.

This is 27.84% lower than the national average.

There have been around 0.5 deadly road accidents and 28.8 serious work-related injuries per 10k people in Potenza.

This is respectively 7.41% less driving accidents than average and -123.26% less work accidents than average.

Car theft is reportedly 64.26% lower than average with only 25.21 cases per 100k inhabitants.

NaNReports of house thefts are 51.25% lower than average with 85.33 cases per 100k inhabitants.

NaNCases of robbery are uncommon with 85.33 reported cases per 100k inhabitants, about 73.71% less the national average.

Overall, Potenza is a very safe place to visit and live in.


Public transport in Potenza is lacking, and traffic is very high.

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

Around 0.00km per 10k inhabitants of the main city in Potenza consist of bicycle lanes.

This makes Potenza not very bike-friendly.

There are a series of escalators "Scale Mobili" which bring you to the top of the old town from the train station at the bottom.

There are extremely few street signs in Potenza. If you do not know where you are going, bring your own map and navigate via landmarks, instead of street names.


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