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Guatemala City, Guatemala

Living in Guatemala

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jan 10, 2024

Summary: People describe life in Guatemala as vibrant, colorful, and full of life. Expats love the friendly people, the beautiful scenery, the rich culture, and the low cost of living. The average cost of living for an expat is around $1,500 to $2,000 per month, depending on lifestyle. The population of Guatemala is approximately 17.2 million people, and the largest cities are Guatemala City, Mixco, Villa Nueva, Quetzaltenango, and San Miguel Petapa. The cons of living in Guatemala include the high crime rate, the lack of infrastructure, and the limited access to healthcare. Additionally, the country is prone to natural disasters such as earthquakes and hurricanes.

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What do I need to know about living in Guatemala?

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

"Come visit, first! Then decide. Only you know what you are looking for, check out what is offered here," said one expat in Esquipulas.

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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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