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Pros and Cons of Living in Panama City

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Feb 11, 2022

Summary: For many expats, digital nomads and retirees, Panama City's list of pros far outweighs its cons. Many adore its beautiful location with endless views of Panama Bay, wonderful neighborhoods to suit every lifestyle, and modern buildings and amenities. The cons include traffic, pollution and a high cost of living. With a population of approximately 881,000, Panama City, Panama has a moderate cost of living and average high temperatures in the mid-to-high 80s and lows in the mid-to-high 70s. The rainy season runs from May through December, while January through April is dry. Pro tip: learning Spanish will make the experience much richer.

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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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