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Living in El Salvador

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Feb 10, 2024

Summary: People describe life in El Salvador as vibrant and full of culture. Expats love the friendly people, the beautiful beaches, the delicious food, and the low cost of living. The average cost of living for an expat is around $1,000 per month. The population of El Salvador is approximately 6.4 million people. The largest cities in El Salvador are San Salvador, Santa Ana, and San Miguel. The cons of living in El Salvador include the high crime rate, the lack of infrastructure, and the limited job opportunities. Additionally, El Salvador is prone to natural disasters such as earthquakes and hurricanes.

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What do I need to know about living in El Salvador?

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

"I live in a gated community. There are many in Nejapa and the surrounding cities. 24k will buy you a 2 bedroom single story house. Very little land but it is yours. Nejapa is safe and quaint for small towns. Everyone is friendly to foreigners. Do you homework and make contacts with local Americans or Expats. The cost of living is very cheap and dentistry and doctors have many cheap clinics to go to if you need assistance," explained one expat living in Nejapa, El Salvador.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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