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Milan, Italy

Milan, Italy

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Apr 14, 2024

Summary: The approximate population of Milan, Italy is 1.3 million people. People describe Milan as a vibrant, cosmopolitan city with a rich cultural heritage. Expats love the city's fashion, art, and food scenes, as well as its proximity to the Alps and the Mediterranean Sea. The weather in Milan is generally mild, with temperatures ranging from the mid-30s to the mid-70s Fahrenheit (1-24 Celsius). The average cost of living in Milan for an expat is around $2,000-$3,000 USD per month. The cost of a one bedroom apartment is around $1,000-$1,500 USD per month, and a two bedroom apartment is around $1,500-$2,500 USD per month.

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What do I need to know about living in Milan?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Milan, they said:

"Before retiring in Milan, you should become familiar with the language, as most locals do not speak English. You will also need to ensure you are familiar with Italian tax laws and other regulations that may apply to foreign residents. Additionally, it is important to familiarize yourself with the cost of living in Milan and to ensure you have a reliable source of income. You should also research the medical care available, as well as explore the different types of retirement housing options. Lastly, you should familiarize yourself with the cultural and entertainment options available in the city, in order to make the most of your retirement," wrote one member in Milan.

"Learn Italian! The vast majority of Milanese do not speak English. Bring traditional yet elegant clothing (the Milanese frown on anything flashy or ostentatious) and expect the mentality to be conservative and somewhat behind what one would expect from a city as well known for it's industry, fashion business and financial center as Milan," remarked one expat who made the move to Milan.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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