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Moving to Morelia, Mexico

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Sep 06, 2023

Summary: Moving to Morelia, Mexico: Expats, retirees and digital nomads talk about everything you need to know before moving to Morelia.

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What do I need to know before moving to Morelia?

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

"Morelia, the capital city of Michoacán, Mexico, is known for its Spanish colonial architecture, vibrant culture, and rich history. Before moving to Morelia, expats should be aware of several important factors. Firstly, understanding the local language, Spanish, is crucial for daily life in Morelia. Although some locals may speak English, it is beneficial to learn Spanish to communicate effectively and integrate into the community. The cost of living in Morelia is relatively low compared to many Western countries. However, wages are also generally lower, so it's important to have a reliable source of income or savings. Morelia has a temperate climate, with warm summers and mild winters. It's advisable to pack a variety of clothing suitable for different weather conditions. Healthcare in Morelia is of a good standard, with both public and private hospitals available. Expats should ensure they have adequate health insurance to cover any medical costs. Public transportation in Morelia is reliable and inexpensive, but it can be crowded during peak hours. Taxis and ride-sharing services are also widely available. Morelia is generally safe, but like any city, it has areas that are best avoided, especially at night. It's advisable to stay vigilant, avoid displaying signs of wealth, and keep up-to-date with local news and advisories. The city is known for its vibrant food scene, with a wide variety of local and international cuisines available. However, newcomers should be cautious with street food to avoid potential stomach upsets. Morelia has a slower pace of life compared to many Western cities. It's important to adapt to this lifestyle and embrace the local customs and traditions. Finally, it's crucial to understand the local laws and regulations, including immigration rules. It's advisable to consult with a legal professional or contact the local embassy or consulate for accurate information," said one expat in Morelia.

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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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