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Expat Survey: More than 80% of Expats in Mexico are Happy There

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: Expats in Mexico once again professed their love for their expatriate experience and international lifestyle. More than 80% agreed that it's all it's advertised to be!

Expat Survey - More than 80% of Expats in Mexico are Happy There

Expats in Mexico reported shared their insights about living abroad in our recent survey to discover the Best Places to Live in 2022.

When asked about the quality of their expatriate experience, 81% of expats in Mexico reported that they are either Extremely Satisfied or Very Satisfied living there.

Here are some highlights about lifestyle-related responses from expatriates in Mexico - remember that expats were reporting on their location, not the country as a whole.

When asked about their entertainment options (movies, concerts, museums, etc.), 61% of expats, retirees and nomads reported that they were either Extremely Satisfied (27%) or Very Satisfied (34%). This is slightly LOWER than the global average.

As for local dining options, 81% indicated that they were either Extremely Satisfied (43%) or Very Satisfied (37%). This is 10 percentage points HIGHER than the global average.

Survey respondents were also asked about Local Grocery Shopping options, and 82% of respondents said they were either Extremely Satisfied (48%) or Very Satisfied (34%), which is 5 percentage points HIGHER than the national average.

Also, 91% were either Extremely Satisfied (63%) or Very Satisfied (28%) with the local fresh food, an impressive 10 points HIGHER than the national average.

When asked about the quality of their local water, 74% of expats globally reported being either Extremely Satisfied (41%) or Very Satisfied (33%), which is about even with the global average.

Overall, two-thirds of Expats (67%) reported being either Extremely Satisfied (25%) or Very Satisfied (42%) with their social life, and 73% said that they were either Extremely Satisfied (34%) or Very Satisfied (39%) with making friends locally. While the social life level of satisfaction is about even with the global average, the ease of making friends average is a full 8 points HIGHER in Mexico than the average across the world.

Direct quotes from Expats in Mexico

"Everyplace has good parts and bad parts. Life is life! I love the weather, the people, the culture, the food, the natural beauty. I love Acapulco I don't like the violence/ corruption."

"I like the weather, cost of rent, fresh food. Don't like: dogs barking, heavy traffic."

"Making friends with locals has been a wonderful experience. My best friend doesn't speak English and has helped me improve my Spanish which has also been a wonderful, challenging experience."

"The people are generally friendly... but distant."

"There are many older single women, like me, here in San Miguel. Many are artists and/or writers. We can easily connect and socialize at events."

About the Author

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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