Province, stable population Male the capital and the hinterland – Teramo

Province, stable population Male the capital and the hinterland – Teramo
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TERAMO. Immediately before the pandemic arrived, on January 1, 2020, the province of Teramo had 303,900 inhabitants. Four years later, therefore on the first day of this year, Istat counts 299,151: almost five thousand less. In reality, however, the great hemorrhage of residents had begun a long time ago: on the last day of 2010 the population of Teramo had reached its all-time high (312,239), ten years later (31 December 2020) it had dropped to 301,104 – losing 11,135 units – and the following year it would have fallen below the 300 thousand threshold. The negative trend now seems to have stopped given that on 31 December 2022 there were 299,071 residents and therefore during 2023 they began to grow again, albeit by a few dozen.
THE COAST THAT HOLDS
Given that the unexciting demographic trend of the Teramo area is common to almost all Italian provinces and, in Abruzzo, worse only than that of Pescara, and having recognized the major causes in the birth rate being lower than the mortality every year and in the lack of attractiveness of the region for foreigners, not all the provincial territory is moving at the same speed. The coast (i.e. the seven municipalities that go from Martinsicuro to Silvi, a sort of practically uninterrupted linear city) holds up, and the numbers make it clear: at the dawn of 2020 there were 119,709 residents on the Teramo coast, today they are 120,531 (+822 on four years ago and even +594 compared to last year, which closed at 119,937). It is true that among the seven coastal towns not all gain residents and it is enough to look at the infographic alongside to notice how the excellent performances of the far north (Martinsicuro and above all Alba Adriatica, growing by hundreds of units compared to pre-pandemic) are complemented by counteract the decline of Pineto (almost 200 fewer residents in four years) and the stagnation of Silvi (-15), while the plus signs of Roseto, Giulianova and Tortoreto are accompanied by modest numbers when compared to the total population. In general, however, the part of the province that overlooks the sea is far more demographically lively than the rest. It has been happening for decades, even before the last war, in short it is not a surprise: but the fact that the signs continue to be there today, in the dramatic national demographic winter, is worthy of note.
HINLAND AND CAPITAL TOWN
The Teramo hinterland, like all the Apennine hinterlands, has been depopulating for over 60 years. The striking Istat data, however, is that the provincial capital has been heavily involved in this depopulation which is proceeding inexorably and in some cases – see the mountain – at high speed. At the end of 2008, Teramo had reached 55 thousand inhabitants: today, according to Istat, it has just over 51,500 and since immediately pre-Covid it has lost almost 2,500. The drastic decline, in fact, began after 2018 (on 31 December of that year the people of Teramo were still 54,443 and the balance was positive compared to 2017) and, although very slow in the last three years (at the end of 2021 the residents were 51,849, at the end of 2022 51,650), continues inexorably. Compared to the total population, there are also those who do worse than Teramo, and let’s leave out the mountain villages: two towns that should be a point of reference and attraction for their respective surroundings such as Atri and especially Montorio have suffered significant hemorrhages compared to the t the beginning of 2020. In general, a fragmentation reigns in the territory into increasingly elderly and poor microcosms: the province, out of 47 municipalities, has 18 between five thousand and one thousand inhabitants and nine under one thousand. Of these nine, the most dramatically depopulated are Fano Adriano (262 residents) and Pietracamela (204): villages at the foot of the Gran Sasso, immersed in splendid nature and equipped with unfortunately inactive tourist attractions. Just to say that certain declines are not just a matter of births and deaths, but also of missed opportunities.
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