Milan has scored first place for quality of life among Italy’s 107 provinces in the annual survey by Il Sole 24 Ore.
Figures published for over 20 years by the prestigious business and economic daily rate Milan overall 10th best as a place to live in a scale strongly dominated by the north, with Trento and Bolzano the overall winners and Naples and Palermo the least attractive.
Apart from the “quality of life” element, Milan also scored well for services and environment (6th), business and work (10th) and population density and makeup (12th).
In the other two groups of elements measured, however, Milan’s crown slipped slightly: for free time, the province came in at 51st place, and for law and order 105th.
The research was not limited to these six headings: each one is further divided into six subcategories for a more detailed assessment. Unsurprisingly, Milano comes in top for bank deposits per resident and for pension levels, and is among the provinces with the lowest inflation rate in Italy. While a closer look at the law and order data shows Milan around the national average for extortion, the province scores poorly for rates of car theft, fraud, burglaries and bag-snatching.
Overall, Milan moved up seven places since the publication of the 2012 data. Detailed results are available on this page of the Milan daily’s website.