Reggio Emilia for Expats and Nomads

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👥Population: 531,891

🚑Healthcare: good

📚Education: great

👮🏽‍♀️Safety: good

🚨Crime: low

🚌Transport: excellent

🚥Traffic: low

🚴‍♂️Cyclable: excellent

🏛️Culture: okay

🍸Nightlife: okay

Recreation: great

🌦️Climate: okay

☀️Sunshine: good

🥵Summers: hot

🥶Winters: very cold

🌧️Rain: average

🌫️Fog: foggy

🍃Air quality: excellent

👪For family: great

👩For women: great

🏳️‍🌈LGBTQ+: good

🥗For vegans: poor

📈Cost of Living: average

🧑🏻Expenses (single person): 1956.44€/m

👩🏽‍🏫Expenses (tourist): 2934.66€/m

🏠Rental (studio apt.): 295.4€/m

🏘️Rental (2-room apt.): 422€/m

🏰Rental (3-room apt.): 590.8€/m

🏙️Housing Cost: affordable

💵Local Income: 2118.43€/m

👪Expenses (small family): 2951.48€/m

🏠Sale (studio apt.): 45120€/m

🏘️Sale (2-room apt.): 75200€/m

🏰Sale (3-room apt.): 105280€/m

👩‍💻Nomad-friendly: okay

💃Fun: okay

🤗Friendliness: good

🤐English-speakers: good

😊Happiness: good

💸Nomad cost: 2934.66€/m

📡High-speed Internet: excellent

📈Innovation: excellent

🏖️Beach: poor

⛰️Hiking: good


Map of the Reggio Emilia province in Emilia-Romagna
Map of the provinces of Emilia-Romagna including Reggio Emilia
The province of Reggio Emilia is the 35th largest Italian province by population with 531.891 people, located in the Emilia-Romagna region.

The city of Reggio Emilia, with a population of approximately 172,419 residents, is located in the Emilia-Romagna region of northern Italy.

Reggio Emilia is known for its rich history, beautiful architecture, and cultural heritage.

The city is renowned for its educational philosophy, the Reggio Emilia approach, which emphasizes creativity and child-centered learning.

Visitors can explore the historic center of Reggio Emilia, visit the Teatro Municipale Valli, and indulge in the region's famous culinary specialties, including Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and balsamic vinegar.

The larger Reggio Emilia metropolitan area comprises 42 towns (comuni) and covers an area of 229.126 km2.

The population density is 232 inhabitants per km2, making it somewhat densely populated.

The male to female ratio is 1.00:1.04.

Reggio Emilia, or officially Reggio nell'Emilia, is a city in Emilia-Romagna, in the north of Italy. It's on the Via Emilia, between Parma and Modena.

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The province of Reggio Emilia receives on average 231 hours of sunshine per month, or 7.7 hours of sunshine per day.NaN This is 2.12% less than the average for Italy and 0.72% less than the average for the region of Emilia-Romagna.

Throughout the year, it rains on average 7.01 days per month, which is an ordinary amount of precipitation for an Italian province.

During the autumn and winter season, there are usually 9.39 days per month with fog and 5.02 cold days per month with perceived temperatures below 3°C.

In the summer, there are on average 23.83 hot days per month with perceived temperatures above 30°C.

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Cost of Living

The average monthly income in Reggio Emilia is around 2118.43€, which is higher than the average for Italy.

The estimated cost of living is around 1956.44€ per month for an individual or 2951.48€ per month for a family of 4.

The cost for renting a small apartment (2-3 bedrooms) in a main city area is around 1005.8€ per month.

Overall, Reggio Emilia is expensive compared to other Italian provinces.

Living in Reggio Emilia is around 18.56% more expensive than the average of all Italian provinces.

Quality of Life


Healthcare in Reggio Emilia is below average. For every 10k inhabitants, there are around undefined pharmacies, 8.83 general practitioners and 25.2 specialized doctors per 10k inhabitants.

NaNAverage life expectancy in Reggio Emilia is very high at 82.5 years of age.


Reggio Emilia has a higher-than-average percentage of high school graduates, around 65.7%; and a higher-than-average percentage of university graduates, around 27.7%.NaN The average number of completed years of schooling for people over 25 is 10.7, which is not far from the national average of 10.44.

NaN There is one university in the province.


Reggio Emilia offers a diverse and vibrant nightlife scene that caters to different tastes.

The city has a wide selection of bars, pubs, and clubs where visitors can enjoy live music, DJ performances, and a variety of drinks.

Whether you're seeking a relaxed evening with friends or a lively night out, Reggio Emilia has options to suit all preferences.

The city's welcoming ambiance and lively atmosphere contribute to a memorable nightlife experience.

Overall, Reggio Emilia has somewhat decent nightlife with 2.61 bars and 3.2 restaurants per 10k inhabitants.

Crime and Safety

The province of Reggio Emilia is overall moderately safe for expats.

As of 2021, there are an average of 2966 reported crimes per 100k inhabitants.

This is 4.59% higher than the national average.

There have been around 0.6 deadly road accidents and 20.3 serious work-related injuries per 10k people in Reggio Emilia.

This is respectively 11.11% more driving accidents than average and -57.36% less work accidents than average.

Car theft is reportedly 60.00% lower than average with only 28.21 cases per 100k inhabitants.

NaNReports of house thefts are 25.29% higher than average with 219.28 cases per 100k inhabitants.

NaNCases of robbery are uncommon with 219.28 reported cases per 100k inhabitants, about 6.55% less the national average.

Reggio Emilia is generally considered a safe city with a low crime rate.

Located in the Emilia-Romagna region, the city maintains a peaceful environment for residents and visitors.

The most common types of crime in Reggio Emilia 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 Reggio Emilia, but it is always recommended to exercise caution, particularly at night and in less-populated areas.

Reggio Emilia 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 Reggio Emilia is quite good, and traffic is below average.

NaNThere are on average 0.65 active vehicles per person, against a national average of 0.66.

Around 4.58km per 10k inhabitants of the main city in Reggio Emilia consist of bicycle lanes.

This makes Reggio Emilia somewhat bike-friendly by Italian standards.

The city is compact and pleasant to explore on foot, and the center has limited access for cars, so it is almost entirely pedestrians or bicycles.

Many bike shops, and some hotels even, can rent bicycles for the day, or for longer trips.

Taxis wait at the railway station.

Mi Muovo is an integrated public transport pass for the region.

Short-stay visitors might use "Mi Muovo Multibus", a 12-trip bus ticket, see Emilia Romagna#Get around.


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