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Over one million Americans living happily in Mexico

7 July 2009 7 Comments

Americans living in MexicoInsideMexico ran an article by Margot Lee Shetterly a few years ago on the many Americans who live in Mexico.

The article might not be recent, but the issues covered continue to be relevant. She writes on how studies show that there are more than a million American citizens living in Mexico, and as many as half-million Canadians, plus thousands of Brits, Irish, Australians and English-speakers from various other countries.

And contrary to common wisdom, these Americans moved to Mexico not only because of the cost of living advantages. No, they decided to migrate south because they are truly inspired by the Mexicans and the way they live their lives.

They are in love with Mexico!

Here are some quotes by Americans living in Mexico on their experiences and the reason behind their choice of emigrating to Mexico:

Caren Cross, 60, a painter and retired psychotherapist living in San Miguel de Allende: “I found that I could be more present, less harried, more attentive to whatever I’m doing rather than living in the past or the future. And I think Mexicans are really good at that.”

Ellen Fields, 51, and her husband James, 50, who settled in Mérida, Yucatan: “We’re from California, and our knowledge of México was really limited to the border. But when we got here, we realized we didn’t know it at all. We drove here from California and were just blown away by the beauty of México.”

Artist Michele Gibbs and writer George Colman: “We were looking for a culturally diverse place to live outside the United States…we were in Cuernavaca for the summer and heard some things about Oaxaca. Things went right immediately in Oaxaca. We had a good feeling about the place. We received a warm welcome from people here. People here open their lives up to you.”

These quotes have been taken directly from InsideMexico’s article, which you can read in full here.


  • susana oseguera yturbide said:

    Me dió mucho gusto
    el artículo de MargoT Lee, y
    conocer la impresionante cifra de 1,500 000 …. que viven muy contentos en Médxico,

    una comunidad que vive muy Feliz …… en nuestro país que tiene
    tantísimas cualidades……la diversidad cultural y la calideZ de nuestra gente son únicas!!!!

    Nuevamente Felicidades!!!!!!! Que bueno que hay espacios virtuales que enfatizan la perspectiva optimista!!!!!!!

  • Jorge (author) said:

    Muchas gracias Susana por tus comentarios!
    Hay mucho que decir sobre el contexto de la relacion entre ambos paises y me da muchisimo gusto leer que estas de acuerdo con esto.

  • Juan Carlos Lopez said:

    I am very happy with the community of international residents we have in the Ajijic (lake Chapala area)and all around Mexico. They are all wellcome and we hope you feel this way many decades to come.


    Dr. Juan Carlos Lopez Alvarez

  • Jorge (author) said:

    Hi Juan Carlos,
    Thanks a lot for your comments. Indeed there is a wonderful community in Ajijic and of course we are looking forward to having them here sharing with us for many-many more years. They really make a difference in lake Chapala area!

  • Margot Lee Shetterly said:

    Hello there– thanks so much for linking to our article! Like you, we’re doing all we can to help people understand the realities of every day life here in Mexico (as opposed to what is most frequently portrayed in the international media).

    Saludos desde el DF!


  • Jorge (author) said:

    Hi Margot,
    Thank you for your comment. We enjoy your publication and your great effort to portray what Mexico is really all about! What is reported in the international press about Mexico is many times biased and unfair. Our effort at TheCatalist is to set the record straight!

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