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Why More Americans Than Ever Are Permanently Moving to Mexico

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More Americans than ever before are permanently relocating to Mexico. According to a report from moving company HireAHelper, Mexico is the number one destination for Americans moving abroad. In 2021, some 16,000 Americans moved to Mexico, and that number just continues to rise year over year.

San Miguel, Mexico Skyline

Some estimates suggest that over one million Americans are living in Mexico.

Mexico beats out the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and Spain for relocation destinations, maintaining its spot as the top ex-pat hub for Americans.

So why are so many Americans permanently moving to Mexico?

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Lower Cost Of Living

One of the top reasons that many Americans are moving south is because of the lower cost of living in Mexico.

With skyrocketing inflation and living costs in the United States, many Americans are finding that their dollars go much further in Mexico.

Housing, healthcare, food, and transportation are just a few of the things that are significantly cheaper in Mexico than in the United States.

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Because of its affordability, Mexico is popular with everyone, from retirees living on a fixed income to millennials and Gen Zers who are disillusioned with the high costs of home ownership and living in the United States.

It's possible to live very comfortably in Mexico for half of what a similar lifestyle would cost in the United States.

Great Quality Of Life

Many Americans relocate to Mexico to enjoy a higher quality of life.

While Mexico is cheaper than the United States, you don't have to sacrifice your quality of life or give up the comforts of home to live there.

Woman facing mayan ruins in Mexico, number one on the list of friendliest destinations

Life in Mexico affords all the conveniences and comforts that Americans are used to, along with elements that are uniquely Mexican, like a rich heritage, vibrant culture, beautiful beaches, ancient ruins, delicious food, and more.

If you're looking for a laidback lifestyle where you can surf in the mornings and take a siesta in the afternoon, you can find that in Mexico.

Or, if you want to live in a cosmopolitan city with the best dining, nightlife, museums, and culture at your fingertips, you can do that too.

Despite what you might see on the news, Mexico is also a very safe place to live. Most American ex-pats feel very safe and secure in their communities.

Increase In Remote Work

One of the reasons more Americans are moving to Mexico is the increase in remote work.

More Americans than ever have the ability to work remotely, and with many companies allowing employees to work from anywhere, workers are choosing to take advantage of that flexibility and relocate abroad.

Mexico is a logical choice since it's within the same time zones as the United States and just a short flight away.

It's also a popular destination for digital nomads, freelancers, and entrepreneurs who have the ability to live anywhere and want to work from a beautiful, affordable part of the world.

How To Relocate To Mexico

Relocating to Mexico is a fairly straightforward process for Americans, making it an attractive option compared to countries with much stricter requirements.

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Americans can visit Mexico as a tourist visa-free for up to 180 days. Many people move to Mexico temporarily this way. Snowbirds and retirees also use this option to spend part of the year in Mexico.

In order to permanently relocate to Mexico, Americans will need to apply for a temporary residency visa which allows them to live in Mexico for up to four years. In order to qualify for this visa, you will need to demonstrate an income of approximately $2,100 a month.

After four years, ex-pats can apply for permanent residency in Mexico.

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Nancy berning

Sunday 23rd of October 2022

I don’t buy any of this! Sorry! Not with the crime rate and drug cartels! Nope!

John Newton

Monday 19th of June 2023

@Joanna, I think Mexico would be far much safer without the drugs and the cartels and the corrupt politics and governments.


Friday 14th of April 2023

@Nancy berning, the drugs you refer to are the ones coming in the US. The reason they come into the US is because Americans are tge ones buying them. If Americans didn't offer an easy market the drug trade would stop.

Larry Endline

Tuesday 14th of March 2023

@Nancy berning, Stay home then I here this BS from some Americans in the states they are the ones that usually go nowhere anyway

Thomas Frank

Friday 27th of January 2023

@BillyEarl, I agree with you 1,000%. When was the last time you heard of a mass shooting for no reason in Mexico? The last time I remember Mexicans being involved in a mass shooting was when they were slaughtered while visiting at Walmart in El Paso Texas. I'm United States Army veteran and I have traveled a lot and lived outside the country for different assignments. Mexico is just as safe with the rich heritage and culture. And it's not like you're moving to the end of the world from where I am it is a little over a 4-Hour flight it would take me longer to get to California. But again to each his own. I love this country and I served this country but to me. And again I say to me it's just not the same country it was 40 years ago or 50 years ago. And they have a FMP for medical program that I can use as a veteran or I could just take a flight into El Paso or somewhere every couple of months to a VA hospital or clinically if I wanted to. So you're probably saying why am I not there yet? Well my wife just does not want to go she wants to stay here. So for now it's just a dream. The part of Mexico I would be staying in is not populated by many Americans at all. The best friend that I have now is from Mexico and he has beautiful farm in part of Oaxaca. That is the area I would move to. Some people are just not accustomed to leaving outside the United States but I am so again just for me it would be great.


Friday 6th of January 2023

@Nancy berning, America is also a very violent country and murder rates are astronomical as well as the violence. We have the Discovery ID Channel dedicated to murder and heinous acts of violence. Mexico is probably safer than our country


Saturday 22nd of October 2022

Bureaucracy in Mexico is really a turnoff. Why one would go back to the U.S. when one is already in the country and apply directly where one stays? It is stupid!

John Newton

Monday 19th of June 2023

@James, Good idea to stay away from Mexico's authoritarian reigme.


Saturday 22nd of October 2022

That's terrible!

John Newton

Tuesday 20th of June 2023

@John Newton, Sorry for all great fans of the USA United States of America I'm very real sorry but I just can't recommend the USA the United States of America at all ever anymore.

John Newton

Tuesday 20th of June 2023

@John Newton, Also I am sorry to say that I can no longer recommend the USA United States of America it's too far gone it's beyond recovery oh how the mighty have fallen that's the United States of America for you unfortunately sadly but truly.

John Newton

Monday 19th of June 2023

@tx, Because it's time to find the new American dream.

John Newton

Monday 19th of June 2023

@tx, Time to find the new American dream.

John Newton

Monday 19th of June 2023

@tx, Even if it is not in the USA United States of America at all ever anymore.