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Moving to Medellin, Colombia

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Nov 27, 2021

Summary: Known as the city of eternal spring, Medellin, Colombia is home to approximately 3.7 million people and a safe city despite its past reputation. The cost of living in Medellin is low, which includes affordable apartments and low cost healthcare. Expats, digital nomads and retirees offer insight into what it's like living in Medellin.

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What do I need to know before moving to Medellin?

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

"I would not consider any areas other than Medellin for relocating now. Can find lower costs in the countryside, but can be dangerous. Also would look in the suburbs of Envigado or Sabaneta (south end for a more serene life) as the central city could be dangerous and noisy. Prices in Poblado are much higher - starting above $250-500k and is an urban jungle," added another expat who made the move to Medellin.

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