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Lake Chapala, Mexico

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Apr 22, 2023

Summary: The approximate population of Lake Chapala, Mexico is around 200,000 people. People describe Lake Chapala as a peaceful and picturesque lake surrounded by lush vegetation and mountains. Expats love living in Lake Chapala because of its low cost of living, friendly locals, and year-round warm weather. The weather in Lake Chapala is typically warm and sunny, with temperatures ranging from the mid-60s to the mid-80s Fahrenheit. The average cost of living in Lake Chapala for an expat is around $1,500 to $2,000 USD per month. The cost of a one bedroom apartment is typically around $400 to $600 USD per month, while a two bedroom apartment is around $500 to $800 USD per month.

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What do I need to know about living in Lake Chapala?

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

"Before retiring in Lake Chapala, expats should understand the local culture, including language and customs. They should also research what medical facilities, banks and other services are available, and look into immigration matters to ensure that they have the appropriate documents. It is also important to make sure that their possessions are secure and learn how to handle any emergency situation. Additionally, it may be a good idea to budget for the cost of living in the area, as well as build a network of contacts in the community," wrote a member in Lake Chapala.

"Don't let the media scare you away. If you are not involved in the drug business, you most likely will not be in trouble. There is a presence of police and military here, but we're also hosting the Pan Am games this year," commented one expat who made the move to Lake Chapala.

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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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