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Living in Mexico

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jan 04, 2024

Summary: People often describe life in Mexico as vibrant, colorful, and full of life. Expats love the warm climate, friendly people, and the affordability of living in Mexico. The average cost of living for an expat is around $1,500 to $2,000 per month, depending on the city and lifestyle. Mexico has a population of approximately 129 million people, and the largest cities are Mexico City, Guadalajara, Monterrey, Puebla, and Tijuana. The cons of living in Mexico include the high crime rate in some areas, the lack of reliable public transportation, and the language barrier. Additionally, the cost of living can be higher in some areas, and the infrastructure is not always up to par with other countries.

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What do I need to know about living in Mexico?

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

"Take time to get to know different alcaldias and colonias of Mexico City according to what is most important to you," remarked one expat who made the move to Mexico City.

"It is beautiful but very remote (nearest large city is Oaxaca - about a 7-hour drive away. You need to be able to handle the sense of isolation and remoteness. It really feels like you are living on the edge of the world, far from anywhere else," explained one expat living in Huatulco, Mexico.

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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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