Italians are generally satisfied with life in their cities.

According to what emerges from the investigation “Quality of life in European cities”conducted by the European Commission with the contribution of Istat in a selection of European cities, Italian cities assessed the share of the population satisfied with life in their city in 2023 it is generally high (above 80%).

But there are significant differences, which once again underline the seriousness gap between North and South.

The minimum value is recorded at Taranto (47.8%) and the maximum value has Thirty (95.4%). Thirty in particular also occupies first place in the European ranking, out of 85 cities. However, a relatively small share of the Italian population believes that quality of life is improved over the last five years. They do exception Bari and Messina.

95.4% of Trento residents are satisfied with their life in the city Handle

95.4% of Trento residents are satisfied with their life in the city

Health services, transport and cleaning, these are Italian sensitive points. The school is doing well

Regarding health services the highest percentage of satisfaction is located in the North and the lowest in the Southwhile in general Italians are less satisfied with public transport compared to their European neighbors. Furthermore, those living in Italian cities, as well as European citizens, are satisfied with schoolwhile a weak point in Italy is represented by street cleaning.

In six Italian cities, we observe very high percentages of population satisfied with living in their city (above 90%) and they are: Trento, Trieste, Cagliari, Bergamo, Brescia, Bolzano/Bozen.

If in Bari more than half of the population believes that the quality of life has improved over the last 5 years (one of the best results at European level), more than half of the citizens of some Italian cities believe that the quality of life in their city has deteriorated. Most Italian citizens think this way Florence, Sassari, Bolzano/Bozen, Catania, Parma, Rome, Venice and Reggio Calabria.

Feel satisfied with schools and other training services they represent a large part of the EU's urban population, including the Italian population. With reference to cultural infrastructure (theaters, museums, libraries) the Italian cities with the highest levels of satisfaction are Milan, Trento, Bergamo, Parma, Bresca, Trieste, Bolzano/Bozen, Florence.

In around three-quarters of Italian cities, less than half of residents are satisfied with the cleanliness of the city. All southern towns and major cities are part of this group. Among the 20 main EU cities in which the car is indicated as the most used means of transport, we find almost all Italian cities in the center and south, but also some cities in the north.

In Bari, more than 50% of residents believe that over the last five years the quality of life in the city has improved

Istat 2024

Housing, solidarity and hospitality

In much of the city of the investigation universe, relatively small percentages of people find it easy to find good housing at a reasonable price. The problem is strongly accentuated in Florence, Milan and Bolzano/Bozen (where less than 5% of residents consider finding accommodation to be a simple operation). In all the cities observed, beyond 50% of residents believe they can count on material help from their friends, neighbors and other people in case of need. In all cities examined, the majority of residents believe that their city is a good place to live for the general population, but less so for the immigrant population. The lowest percentages of those who consider the city as a welcoming place for immigrants are observed in some southern cities but also in Trieste and Genoa, while the highest percentage is found in Bologna (with values similar to those of Madrid and Helsinki).

Off-site students from the Faculty of Literature and Philosophy protest against high rents in a camping tent in Naples (Handle)

Off-site students from the Faculty of Literature and Philosophy protest against high rents in a camping tent in Naples

The security and efficiency of the administrative machine

In Italian cities we observe the lowest percentages of people who feel safe walking alone at night in their city. The lowest shares (less than 30%) are found in Catania, Milan, Taranto, Genoa, Venice, Parma and Bari. Rome is the capital with the lowest percentage (36.8%) of those who feel safe walking alone at night.

Low perceived effectiveness ofLocal public administration is expressed in almost all cities in southern Italy and in cities like Rome, Florence, Perugia, Genoa, Milan, Turin, Venice.. The highest values ​​are instead found in northern Italian cities, which have values ​​similar to many German, French, Spanish and Eastern European cities. The perception that corruption is present in local administration is more pronounced in the Baltic, Greek and Portuguese cities as well as in those of Eastern Europe and in some cities in our country such as Rome, Palermo and Naples.

State police, security in cities, one of the themes discussed The Press

State police, security in cities, one of the themes discussed

Rome is the European capital with the lowest percentage (36.8%) of people feeling safe walking alone at night.

Istat 2024

Public transport, curse and delight of administrators

The only Italian city where people are decidedly happy with local public transport and prefer it to their own means of transport is Milan. Residents of Italian cities are on average less satisfied with public transport than those in other European cities. In Italy, in particular, the highest percentages of citizens satisfied with public transport, besides Milan (fifth in the EU ranking with 55.6% preferences), are found in Trieste and Bolzano/Bozen, while the percentages the weakest are detected in certain cities in southern Italy, in Rome and Perugia.

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Milan, where public transport operates

By public transport, by car, by motorbike or on foot?

At the European level, the lowest percentages of local public transport use are almost all in Italy. The use of public transport is indeed low (i.e. it is indicated by less than 25% of residents as the means most often used) in most cities in southern Italy .

In Rome and Bologna, public transport is frequently used by around 1/3 of residents. The top 20 cities where the car is the most used means of transport are almost all Italian cities. Perugia tops the ranking (the car is indicated as the most used means of transport by 91.2% of residents), followed by Reggio Calabria, Ancona, Sassari, Taranto and various other cities in the south and north of Perugia. Italy (like Trento, Bergamo and Verona). In Rome, the car is indicated as the most used vehicle in 58.1% of cases. The Italian cities with the least preference for cars are Venice, Milan and Bolzano/Bozen. The latter represents the second least used city by car (after Stockholm). The motorcycle is used much less than the car. But even in this case, the highest percentages of inhabitants who indicate it as their preferred means of transport are largely found in Italian cities: the first in this ranking is Genoa (with 23.1% of inhabitants who do so). 'use often), followed by Florence, Trieste. , Catania and Naples.

In our cities, bicycle use still seems quite limited. In most of them, the bicycle is in fact indicated as the most used vehicle in less than 15% of cases. Compared to other European cities, walking in our cities is indicated more frequently. Rome, on the other hand, is one of the EU cities where this means of transport is least suitable. Among European cities, several Eastern European cities prefer local public transport, including Prague (where it is indicated as the most used means of transport by 69.1% of residents), Bucharest and Warsaw. Residents of Paris (58.1% of residents indicate it as the most used means), Stockholm (56.4%) and Stuttgart (51.8%) also fall into the group of heavy users of urban public transport. .

In the capital of Umbria, the most used means of transport is the car, the predominant means for more than 90% of Perugia citizens. the Web

In the capital of Umbria, the most used means of transport is the car, the predominant means for more than 90% of Perugia citizens.

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