Italy: internet users by metropolitan area 2015-2018

From 2015 to 2018, the percentage of internet users in both metropolitan central areas and metropolitan suburbs in Italy increased constantly. Moreover, central areas registered a slightly higher number of individuals using the internet. Specifically, about 64 percent of individuals living in these areas used internet in 2015. Afterwards, the share of users rose to 72.4 percent in 2018. Furthermore, if considering the area of origin of internet users, most of them came from the North-West.

Italian internet users increased significantly from 2006 to 2018

From 2006 to 2018, the usage of internet in Italy increased significantly. Indeed, if in 2006 only 34 percent of the Italian population surfed on the web, the penetration rate of internet more than doubled in 2018. Overall, according to an estimate by CIA Data, approximately 38 million internet users came from Italy in 2019. However, Internet World Stats released a much higher estimation for the same year (54 million).

More than a half of Italians use internet every day

In addition to the gradual increase in the usage of internet, also the percentage of internet daily users rose constantly. In fact, more than half of the Italian population used internet every day in 2018. Moreover, a rather balanced gender distribution was registered among the Italians who used internet on a daily basis. However, a significant gender gap was found among individuals aged 65 and older.

Share of internet users in Italy from 2015 to 2018, by metropolitan area

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2015 to 2018

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