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Medellin, Colombia

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Sep 24, 2021

Summary: Medellin, Colombia: Everything you need to know about living in Medellin, Colombia: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.

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Is there a lot of crime in Medellin?

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We asked people if there is a lot of crime. They answered:

"People talk about it, especially on the Facebook groups. But we never see it, and we feel very safe," explained one expat living in Medellin, Colombia.

"Medellin is like any big city; it has its share of crime. But statistically, it ranks safer than many US cities. Much less gun violence than in the US," said another expat in Medellin.

What are the schools in Medellin like?

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"It will be a very difficult decision to make since this is the only international school in Medellin. My advice: try to visit other schools, that don't have strong bullying problems (you can still find some like Montessori and Cumbres). Your children will be safer and happier," explained one expat living in Medellin, Colombia.

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Is the cost of living in Medellin high?

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We asked people how much they someone comfortably live on in Medellin, they wrote:

"Some say as little as $1,500 per month. We live in the most expensive area of Medellin, so our cost is more than double that amount. It also depends what activities we do," added another expat in Medellin.

Is the cost of living in Medellin high?

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We asked people about the cost of living in Medellin, they wrote:

"Rent and utilities can be anywhere from USD$300 per month to USD$3,000 per month, just depending on what you require. In Suramericana, I routinely eat lunch for less than $2, or you can go to El Poblado and pay $15 if you prefer," remarked another expat in Medellin.

What type of recreational facilities are in Medellin?

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When we asked people living in Medellin about recreational activities, they mentioned:

"Near the Stadium (Estadio) there is a huge sports complex with a gigantic swimming pool and comprehensive sports options. The city is in a valley in the Andes mountains. The options for hiking are endless," commented one expat living in Medellin, Colombia.

What is the weather like in Medellin?

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"The daily high temperature is usually around 79 or 80F. The overnight low is usually around 60F. There are no mosquitoes or other flying insects. You can leave your unscreened windows open all day an all night and you will probably comfortable. It just doesn't get any better," remarked another expat living in Medellin.

Are there good restaurants in Medellin?

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"There are two primary areas where restaurants, bars and nightlife are concentrated. The one most commonly known by tourists is in El Poblado in the vicinity of Parque Lleras. The one frequented by locals and some Europeans is further north on Carrera 70. Almost anyone can direct you to these two areas," added one expat living in Medellin.

Where will I buy groceries and do other shopping in Medellin?

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"Local stores are littered throughout every neighborhood. They provide both handy shopping for locals and a livelihood for many, so I like to patronize them. When there is something you can't find elsewhere, a large chain grocery/department store called Exito! has a store within walking distance. Lunch is a great meal to eat out, as there are many restaurants that only open for lunch, offer choices as simple as "which meat/fish do you want?" and it is a sit-down meal with soup, a large plate of food, and some fruit juice with the speed and convenience of fast food," mentioned another expat living in Medellin.

About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder of Expat Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Some of Betsy's more popular articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Italy, 12 Things to Know Before Moving to The Dominican Republic and the Living in Panama Guide. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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