Sardinia has a population of about 1,639,500. It’s a large island, which means that the population density is one of the lowest in Italy. Meaning there is plenty of space for sheep, in fact there are twice as many sheep as there are people.
Cagliari and Sassari are the two most populous cities. 431,300 people, one-quarter of Sardinia’s total population live in the capital city Cagliari in the north, and another 222,000 inhabitants live in Sassari in the north-east of the island.
Sardinia has an aging population and a low birthrate. Rural depopulation is also a big problem in Sardinia, as younger generations leave their villages and the island in search of work. Some Sardinian towns have lost 20% of their population over the last couple of decades, and over 30 municipalities are at risk of becoming ghost towns. When visiting rural villages, especially inland, you will find many abandoned houses. If these trends continue, then Sardinia is set to become the second least populated European island after Iceland by 2080.
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