Olbia: the population increases even with the “lockdown” situation.
The city is always attractive: + 104 residents in the first 5 months of 2020
Olbia keeps on being attractive. The latest data published by Istat and the Municipality confirm both the demographic growth of the city, which reached 61,527 inhabitants in May and the excellent migration balance. The difference between those who take up residence in Olbia and those who leave it has in fact been positive for decades and, although with some slowdowns after the financial crisis of 2008, the trend has remained the same over the last five years. On the contrary, starting from 2019 the arrival of immigrants - both Italian, from other municipalities in Sardinia and from other regions, and foreigners - has become consistent again, as can be seen in the table.
In 2016 there were 1461 immigrants and 1070 emigrants: a positive balance of 391. In 2017, 1370 immigrants and 1159 emigrants: + 211. In 2018, 1415 immigrants and 1061 emigrants: + 354. In 2019, 1671 immigrants and 1153 emigrants: +518. In the first five months of 2020 - until 20 May - there were 453 immigrants and 349 emigrants: a positive balance of 104. This is a significant increase given the two-month lockdown imposed by the Government to combat the Covid 19 epidemic. In April, in fact, the Municipality of Olbia, as stated in the statistical update on its website, did not register any immigrants.
Olbia - with its good life quality and economy powered by the Cipnes productive district, the airport, the port and the services and tourism sector - still offers excellent job opportunities to many Italian and foreign citizens, thus confirming itself as one of the most dynamic cities not only in Sardinia but in the whole of Italy. It is the third city, after Milan and Parma, to have grown the most in the difficult decade 2009-2019.
The latest statistical updates provide other interesting information about Olbia. The foreigners residing in Olbia at December 31, 2019 were 6,519, equal to 10.6% of the total population. The percentage growth of foreigners was 2.9% compared to 1% of the total population.
The most populous district of Olbia is the Hospital (4,660 residents), followed by Baratta (3822 residents) and San Nicola (3193 residents). In the industrial area of Cipnes there are 205 residents.