americans living in mexico...why?

by nick fong, broker of los cabos agent

At some point last fall, the one millionth American established residency here in Mexico. That makes Mexico the host nation for the largest American expatriate community in the world. There are now more Americans living in Mexico than there are in the U.K. or Canada.

This trend is accelerating as the U.S. recession deepens and job losses across the United States accelerate. “We’ve seen an increase of almost 40 percent in the number of American citizens making inquiries about the requirements for moving to Mexico,” said an official at the Mexican Consulate in New York. “There are definitely more Americans emigrating to Mexico than this time last year.”
This is confirmed by recruiters and global relocation firms. “Mexico is supposed to be gearing up for a great year right now,” Annie Levy Sandin, of Emerging Globe Group, a recruiting firm.

​That Americans are moving to Mexico is nothing new, but the kinds of Americans who are establishing themselves have changed.
“For decades you’ve had three kinds of Americans coming here,” said Ramon Segura, an importer-exporter with decades of experience working with foreign nationals.

“Foremost are the retirees, who can have a higher standard of living in Mexico than they could in the U.S. Then there were the professionals who were sent here by their companies or were here on business. And of course, there were those trying to make a clean break from their pasts – usually men escaping alimony, child support, business failures or the country that sent them to Vietnam.”

But now there are two other kinds of Americans moving to Mexico: those who are starting or raising families and entrepreneurs seeking greater opportunities.

“Top of the list is that the economic benefits of being here allow us both to spend far more time with our son Johnny than we would be allowed if we lived the same style of life back in the New York,” said John Rogers, who moved from New York to Mexico. “We would both have to work full time and our child would be raised with home help and daycare. To be able to personally care for him and watch his daily development is a luxury that we fully appreciate, and it seems a more natural and beneficial way to live.”

A generation ago, it would have raised eyebrows for a New York couple to decide to have their child be born in Mexico, but with state-of-the-art medical facilities, bilingual doctors and communities that are structured to support and encourage families, more foreign couples are realizing that in Mexican cities, such as those in Baja Sur, families with children are welcomed.

There is a lot more to Baja California (Sur) than surfing, sand and rocks. Wonderful wine growing areas and fresh seafood make the tip of the Baja peninsula a great place to live. In fact, here is where you’ll find the best fish, oysters, clams and scallops you’ll ever taste.
Winter brings the whale migration from Alaska, and the show they provide, all along the coast and into the Sea of Cortez is, quite simply, amazing. Offshore, you can see baby whale calves feeding with their mothers, sometimes just yards away from where you are standing.

​The glamour area of Baja Sur is at the tip in the Cabo San Lucas and San Jose Del Cabo. The regions of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose Del Cabo have the most beautiful rock cliff coast lines of Mexico.  Because it is primarily a tourist area, it used to be considered as the “rich man’s playground”.  Today, with the advent of stores such as Costco, Walmart and other Mexican chain stores, the cost of living is no higher than any parts of Mexico.  Unless you are dining in the high end resorts….restaurant prices are the same as you would find in Guadalajara or Mexico City.
By Nick Fong, Broker Los Cabos Agent, 312-725-3664 US Line,  624-157-3170 Cabo Line,