Debate always surrounds the Quality of Life Report published at the turn of the year by Il Sole 24 Ore. It’s a statistics-based dossier that has been compiled by Italy’s equivalent of the Financial Times since 1990 to provide an overview of nationwide living standards. Top for 2018 was Milan, which excelled in the wealth + spending and environment + amenities categories, in addition to placing highly for culture + spare time and business + work. Surprisingly, Florence dropped ten spots to 22nd in this year’s summary, topping the chart for life expectancy and performing strongly on the culture, amenities and innovation fronts, but falling short in terms of safety (97th place out of 107 Italian cities).
Crime figures in the report derive from the publication’s dedicated “Indice della criminalità” (Crime Indicators), for which data is taken from the Department of Public Safety. According to this listing, Florence is the fourth Italian city with the most reported crime, with 6,367.4 crimes per 100,000 residents compared to 7,237.70 in Milan, which is the city with the most crime in Italy. Neither Florence nor Milan tends to suffer from violent misdemeanours (16 murders in Florence down by 27%, 85 in Milan down by 1%). Theft is higher than the national average in both cities, albeit seeing no increase on the previous year: in Florence, 3,275.57 thefts occur per every 100,000 residents; in Milan, 4,348.59. In the Tuscan capital, bag grabbing is down by 2% with 391 instances (Venice saw a 51% rise, Rome 3% and Milan 5%), pickpocketing was 1% up (6,963), house burglaries have decreased by 3%, while commercial burglaries are up by 7%. The culprits behind Florence’s lower placing in the report appear to be money laundering (+55%), sexual violence (+22%) and drug-related crimes (+11%). Indeed, this is the first year that the report has taken into account the number of drug-related crimes per 100,000 residents, which are on the increase across the peninsula. But Florence is only fractionally above the national average, which was +10% in 2018.