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.
A good first place to start is the Yucatan Peninsula, which is arguably one of the safest in the entirety of Mexico. According to USA Today, the state of Quintana Roo (which Cancun is located within) has a murder rate of 2 in 100,000. Washington D.C., on the other hand, is 31 in 100/000, while New York City is 9 in 100,000. In other words, Cancun is leaps and bounds beyond two of the largest U.S. cities and once you start looking at those numbers, you can see that the bad press and media is nothing more than misinformation to distract expats from researching where to live in Mexico.
However, Cancun is not the only option in terms of living in this Latin country. One of the primary reasons so many pensioners and expats are choosing to live in Mexico is because of the cost of living throughout the entire country. The Mexican government only wants you to prove that you make around $1,000 per month to get your residency visa, plus the cost of healthcare is only $250 per year for access to unlimited universal healthcare. You also have the option for private healthcare, which costs pennies in comparison to what it costs in the United States.
There are far more choices in Mexico than just Cancun, as well. Another option is Tapalpa, in the state of Jalisco, perfect for individuals who prefer the quiet lifestyle of a pueblo village. The entire state of Chiapas gives you access to lush, tropical highlands along with jungle lowlands, not to mention the Mayan culture and ruins, with San Cristobal being a mountain city that puts you right in the center of the region. The reason Cancun is so popular with most Westerners when looking at where to live in Mexico is the fact that you have numerous brand names that people are familiar with, such as Home Depot and Wal Mart.
Modern amenities is something else you can look at when choosing where to live in Mexico, because they exist everywhere, just as they do in the U.S. While it’s certainly true that you can go off the grid in sections of the jungle or the mountains, places like Mexico City give expats every modern amenity and luxury you are used to having. Ranked as the 5th largest city on Earth and regularly listed as one of the top 10 richest cities in the world, it’s just one more option out of hundreds when you take the entire country into consideration.
Each day, more and more digital nomads are choosing to live a life abroad rather than stay at home. That’s because you can achieve more by living a life of full time travel than you ever could as one of the countless wage slaves working their lives away back home.