An unfortunate reality regarding most Western countries is the prevalence of their media and the reputation for spreading propaganda and smear campaigns against any country who doesn’t conform to their ideals. And while there are plenty of American businesses in Mexico, the country is nevertheless the victim of a variety of false reports from the U.S. media, especially in regards to the danger levels of the country. While it’s true that the northern borders in and around Juarez and certainly high risk, the other 30 states of Mexico are just as safe as their U.S. counterparts. This is good news to expats looking where to live in Mexico, because there are plenty of options once you look beyond the hype and the bad press.
If you want to live in Cancun, for example, you are in one of the safest places in the world. While Washington D.C. has a 31 in 100/000 murder rate according to USA Today, the entire state of Quintana Roo only has 2 in 100,000, and considering Cancun is one of many cities in the state, you can see that the safety levels for this part of Mexico are significantly less than the capital of the U.S. Meanwhile, New York City is 9 in 100,000, and Denver, Colorado is 8 in 100,000. In short, Cancun is a great option on the list of where to live in Mexico.
The cost of living in Mexico is another reason why so many people are looking for places where to live in Mexico. Pensioners and expats alike can benefit from the fact that the government only wants you to prove $1,000 per month to establish a residency visa, and access to the universal healthcare system is a mere $250 per month for unlimited medicine, no deductibles and more. The costs are mere pennies in comparison to what people are paying back in the U.S.
Mexico is more than just Cancun, however. Tapalpa, located in the state of Jalisco, is a great option if you prefer the quite village life, and the mountains city of San Cristobal in the state of Chiapas gives you direct access to the Mayan heartland, surrounded by thousands of years of history along with rich, native heritage and lush tropical highlands. However, for many expats a city like Cancun is the best option when looking at where to live in Mexico because it has all the amenities they are used to, ranging from Wal Mart to Home Depot to Office Depot and beyond.
Another thing to keep in mind is that you aren’t limited by access to modern amenities when choosing where to live in Mexico. Although there are numerous places where you can go completely low-tech in the jungles or the mountains, the coastal resorts have plenty of technology options, as do all the major cities. Mexico City, for example, is one of the largest cities in the world, ranked as the 5th, and it’s also considered in the top 10 richest on the planet. In short, when you look at the country as a whole, the sky is very much the limit for the modern expat. It just depends on what you want to experience.
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July 09 2012 10:41 pm | Destinations