You are getting excited. Your vision of an expat adventure is taking shape, and now you need to find where to live in Mexico. We can help you answer that question and find a safe place in Mexico to live the lifestyle you want.
We are real expats that have been living in Mexico for 13 years. The information you read here is credible and true and continually updated. We show you cost of living data so you can find affordable places to retire in Mexico on a budget and upgrade your lifestyle and quality of life in the process. We answer the question; is Mexico safe in 2020? and rank the safest cities in Mexico to live. With our guidance and your vision, together, we will find your perfect and inexpensive place in Mexico. Your Mexico dream can and will come true!
Three ways you can find your best city in Mexico to live
Find safe places to retire in Mexico using our Interactive Map
Click on the orange buttons on our interactive map below for information on "living" in that place. The blue buttons are simply for reference - to give you an idea of where our best places in Mexico are relative to larger known Mexican cities. So, now that you have the tools, sit back and start shopping for your new "place" in Mexico to call home. Below the map you can gain access to our Places To Live guide. Which consolidates the information for you to read at your leisure.
All of our "best places in Mexico" are at or near the top of the lists for safety in Mexico (as designated by the U.S. Department of State) and most have established ex-pat communities with whom you can connect for help and advice on how to get through the details and provide cultural insights.
Is Mexico safe for expats?
The short answer is, YES. We maintain detailed information by city on safety, showing you all the safest places for expats to live in Mexico with overall current safety review and stats.
So, What is the safest city in Mexico?
Statistically speaking, Merida is the safest city in Mexico (safest in Latin America) and the state of Yucatan is also the overall safest state to live in Mexico. As far as the other cities highlighted on our list, we find they all are safe, especially when employing some basic common sense. Personally we have never feared for our lives in Tulum over 12+ years of living there-despite the rising violence between cartels. Yes, there are property crimes and burglaries, petty theft and crimes of opportunity all over Mexico and in the U.S. and Canada too!
In our "At a Glance" charts on each city page you visit, you will find ratings for Lifestyle and Safety, to see how dangerous Mexico is. For the Lifestyle codes, a "-" will mean the low end of the range and a "+" will be the high end. See our updated information on 2020 safety in Mexico. Safety is also a dynamic matter, so please always check the U.S. Department of State website for the latest travel warnings and advisories. If you have a specific question about safety in an area, please reach out. We will do our best to provide you local feedback from actual expats living in those areas.
These place and city pages for Mexico living will give you some general information on what to expect. Each place article starts with a "Lifestyle" rating from our "Lifestyle Rating" chart which will give you an idea of what kind of net income it requires to live comfortably in the area. This will help you find the best places to live in Mexico on a budget.
If you haven't rated your lifestyle yet, you can do so by using our Lifestyle chart and the related forms found on the Lifestyle menu. You will read about attractions, shopping, international air travel, hospitals and medical care and the cultural distinctions that are unique to that safe city in Mexico. We also share the best places to visit, such as the mystic Riviera Maya or hot spot Tulum. We keep you up to speed on the best transportation services, and we have our directory list of resources for every city below-right column.