More Americans Are Moving to Mexico, Even Though It Could Risk Their Lives


Despite warnings from the U.S. State Department about violence in Mexico, the allure of a more affordable lifestyle is drawing a growing number of Americans to relocate there. Even with reports of violence, such as the recent murders of tourists in Baja California, the trend of Americans moving to Mexico continues to rise.

From 2018 to 2023, there has been a 70 percent increase in Americans living in Mexico, either temporarily or permanently, with data for 2024 yet to be finalized. This surge is attributed to the lower cost of living, which has enticed many American expatriates. For instance, Helena Arvanites, who settled in Queretaro, Mexico, appreciates the cost-effective retirement, the community, and the pleasant climate.

Eduardo Aguinaga, now in Guanajuato, Mexico, finds the affordability allows for investment opportunities like renting out a small home on Airbnb. Similarly, Ana Sbragia, who relocated from Mississippi to Silao, Mexico, enjoys the simplicity, culture, and kindness she has found.

Political motivations also play a role for some, like Nancy Martin, who left Seattle for San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, seeking a reprieve from the turmoil in the U.S. and the high cost of living.

However, this influx of Americans is met with mixed feelings by locals. In Mexico City, Rosa Rodriguez notes the impact on her neighborhood, where English is now prevalent, and cultural respect and affordability are concerns.

The State Department advises against travel to six Mexican states due to crime and kidnapping risks. Despite this, many Americans have settled in these areas, with Zacatecas alone receiving over 11,000 new American residents in the past five years. The state has experienced violent clashes, yet some, like Ana Tavarez of Zacatecas, argue that the situation should be viewed in context with violence in the U.S.

Most American expatriates have chosen Mexico City, Jalisco, and Quintana Roo as their new homes. Meanwhile, the situation in Baja California remains tense following the advisory and the recent murders of tourists, which have not deterred some expatriates from continuing their lives in Mexico, as they accept the risks as part of the reality of living there. The investigation into the murders is ongoing, with suspects apprehended and the possibility of further charges.

Source: The Poch Times