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Leon, Nicaragua

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on May 08, 2023

Summary: The approximate population of Leon, Nicaragua is around 200,000 people. People describe Leon as a vibrant city with a rich cultural heritage and a strong sense of community. Expats love the friendly locals, the affordable cost of living, and the beautiful colonial architecture. The weather in Leon is generally warm and humid, with temperatures ranging from the mid-70s to the mid-90s Fahrenheit. The average cost of living in Leon for an expat is around $1,000 to $1,500 per month. The cost of a one bedroom apartment is around $200 to $400 per month, and a two bedroom apartment is around $300 to $500 per month.

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What do I need to know about living in Leon?

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

"Before retiring in Leon, it is important to know the cost of living as it is higher than the national average. You should also explore the different retirement options that are available and assess if they are a good fit for you. Additionally, research the health care options in the area to find providers that best suit your needs. The ability to connect with other retirees in the region is also important and Leon offers a variety of community activities, events and organizations to connect with others. Finally, Leon has a pleasant climate and is surrounded by natural attractions and beautiful beaches making it an ideal retirement destination," remarked one expat living in Leon, Nicaragua.

"Thinking of moving to Leon ? Know it is a hot city (between 9h30 and 4h00 the sun is burnin ) so air-condition ed room is a must or take refuge in the shades of trees in parks. Small hotel rooms are cheap (8 to 15 dollars a day) but standard is very basic : no hot water, no bathroom tub, ceiling fan but no air conditioning. Service is slow and be prepared to be patient. English is rarely heard except from tourists and North American residents," wrote one member in Leon .

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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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