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Source : United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs: Population Division external link .

Italy population 2017

During 2017 Italy population is projected to increased by 42 513 people and reach 59 920 625 in the beginning of 2018. The number of deaths will exceed the number of live births by 63 471, so the natural increase is expected to be negative. If external migration will remain on the previous year level, the population will be increased by 105 984 due to the migration reasons. It means that the number of people who move into Italy (to which they are not native) in order to settle there as permanent residents (immigrants) will prevail over the number of people who leave the country to settle permanently in another country (emigrants).

Population change rates in 2017

According to our estimations, daily change rates of Italy population in 2017 will be the following:

The population of Italy will be increased by 116 persons daily in 2017.

Demographics of Italy 2016

As of 1 January 2017, the population of Italy was estimated to be 59 878 112 people. This is an increase of 0.07 % (42 483 people) compared to population of 59 835 629 the year before. In 2016 the natural increase was negative, as the number of deaths exceeded the number of live births by 63 426. Due to external migration, the population increased by 105 909. The sex ratio of the total population was 0.959 (959 males per 1 000 females) which is lower than global sex ratio. The global sex ratio in the world was approximately 1 016 males to 1 000 females as of 2016.

Below are the key figures for Italy population in 2016:

Growth Rate 1952 - 2017

Italy population density

Italy population density is 198.7 people per square kilometer as of May 2017. Density of population is calculated as permanently settled population of Italy divided by total area of the country. Total area is the sum of land and water areas within international boundaries and coastlines of Italy. The total area of Italy is 301 340 km2 according to the United Nations Statistics Division .

Italy age structure

As of the beginning of 2017 according to our estimates Italy had the following population age distribution:

13.8 65.9 20.3

- percentage of population under 15
- percentage of population between 15 and 64 years old
- percentage of population 65+

In absolute figures (estimate):

We prepared a simplified model of the population distribution pyramid which is broken down into 3 main age groups. The groups are the same as we used above: population under 15, between 15 and 64 and population which is over 65 year old.

65+
15-64
0-14
male female

Note: The pyramid provided is not corresponding to data given above because the age groups have different number of years.

As we can see the Italy population pyramid has a contracting type. This type of pyramid is more common for highly developed countries with low birth and death rates. Usually countries with such kind of population age distribution model have long life expectancy, high level of education and good health care.

Source: The estimation data for section "Italy age structure" is based on the latest demographic and social statistics by United Nations Statistics Division external link.

Age dependency ratio

Dependency ratio of population is a ratio of people who are generally not in the labor force (the dependents) to workforce of a country (the productive part of population). The dependent part includes the population under 15 years old and people aged 65 and over. The productive part of population accordingly consists of population between 15 and 64 years.

This ratio shows the pressure on productive population produced by the dependent part of population.

The total dependency ratio of population in Italy is 51.7 %.

What does this value mean? It shows that the dependent part of population is more than a half of the working part. It means that the working population (labor force) in Italy must provide goods for itself and cover expenditure on children and aged persons (this population is more than a half of working population). The value of more than 50% shows that the pressure on productive population in Italy is relatively high.

Child dependency ratio

Child dependency ratio is a ratio of people below working age (under 15) to workforce of a country.

Child dependency ratio in Italy is 21 %.

Aged dependency ratio

Aged dependency ratio is a ratio of people above working age (65+) to workforce of a country.

Aged dependency ratio in Italy is 30.7 %.

Source: The estimation data for section "Italy age dependency ratio" is based on the latest demographic and social statistics by United Nations Statistics Division external link.

Life expectancy

Life expectancy at birth is one of the most important demographic indicator. It shows the number of years a newborn infant would live assuming that birth and death rates will remain at the same level during the whole lifetime.

Total life expectancy (both sexes) at birth for Italy is 81.8 years.
This is above the average life expectancy at birth of the global population which is about 71 years (according to Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations).

Male life expectancy at birth is 79.2 years.
Female life expectancy at birth is 84.5 years.

Literacy of population

According to our estimates 51 159 723 persons or 99.15% of adult population (aged 15 years and above) in Italy are able to read and write. Accordingly about 436 647 adults are illiterate.

Literacy rate for adult male population is 99.35% (24 508 485 persons). 160 099 are illiterate.
Literacy rate for adult female population is 98.97% (26 651 238 persons). 276 548 are illiterate.

Youth literacy rates are 99.93% and 99.94% for males and females accordingly. The overall youth literacy rate is 99.93%. Youth literacy rate definition covers the population between the ages of 15 to 24 years.

Source: The estimation data for section "Italy population literacy" is based on the latest data published by UNESCO Institute for Statistics (retrieved March 13, 2016) external link.

Italy historical population (1951 - 2017)

The data is given as of 1st of January of an year.

Italy population history

YearPopulationGrowth Rate
195146 806 370N/A %
195247 206 3680.85 %
195347 573 6440.78 %
195447 906 7280.70 %
195548 207 8070.63 %
195648 482 8560.57 %
195748 741 6390.53 %
195848 997 1860.52 %
195949 264 7590.55 %
196049 559 2600.60 %
196149 891 2130.67 %
196250 262 8710.74 %
196350 665 6270.80 %
196451 081 4400.82 %
196551 491 5200.80 %
196651 884 9470.76 %
196752 260 7550.72 %
196852 623 7270.69 %
196952 981 3800.68 %
197053 341 3630.68 %
197153 707 3080.69 %
197254 077 0160.69 %
197354 442 6470.68 %
197454 792 5670.64 %
197555 115 2380.59 %
197655 403 8340.52 %
197755 657 5260.46 %
197855 879 6160.40 %
197956 075 8370.35 %
198056 252 4110.31 %
198156 413 0350.29 %
198256 558 0130.26 %
198356 685 4020.23 %
198456 792 1300.19 %
198556 875 3740.15 %
198656 933 7620.10 %
198756 968 6280.06 %
198856 985 6330.03 %
198956 993 8690.01 %
199057 002 3350.01 %
199157 018 5960.03 %
199257 046 1870.05 %
199357 080 0860.06 %
199457 108 2870.05 %
199557 119 6500.02 %
199657 106 021-0.02 %
199757 068 260-0.07 %
199857 027 777-0.07 %
199957 023 095-0.01 %
200057 091 1650.12 %
200157 253 1300.28 %
200257 507 4280.44 %
200357 828 8400.56 %
200458 175 1680.60 %
200558 502 8440.56 %
200658 787 9130.49 %
200759 028 5350.41 %
200859 228 9170.34 %
200959 393 2150.28 %
201059 527 6020.23 %
201159 633 5000.18 %
201259 708 3550.13 %
201359 754 4060.08 %
201459 779 8810.04 %
201559 793 1760.02 %
201659 835 6290.07 %
201759 878 1120.07 %

The data is given as of 1st of January of an year.