Surge in US Expats in Mexico: A 70% Increase Since Pre-Pandemic Levels

18 June, 2024
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The number of US citizens choosing to live in Mexico, either temporarily or permanently, saw a significant rise of nearly 70% in 2022 compared to 2019, just before the Covid-19 pandemic hit. According to the Immigration Policy Unit of the Secretariat for Home Affairs (SEGOB), the figures increased from 11,594 to 19,122, marking a jump of 7,528 people who have obtained residence permits to live in the country.

In 2022, the number of residence permits issued to US citizens reached its highest point since 2013, when the total number of US nationals living in Mexico peaked at 20,374. After 2013, there was a steady decline in the number of American residents until 2021, which saw a resurgence. The lowest point of the last decade occurred in 2020, reflecting the impact of the pandemic and global travel restrictions, even though Mexico did not impose strict measures on the arrival of foreign travelers.


Number of US citizens living in Mexico


The majority of US expats have chosen to settle in three key regions: Mexico City, Jalisco, and Quintana Roo. These three areas alone are home to 48.92% of the US citizens, with 3,518 in Mexico City, 3,427 in Jalisco, and 2,411 in Quintana Roo.

This notable increase in the number of US citizens living in Mexico highlights a growing trend of people seeking new opportunities and lifestyles south of the border.



Source: El País

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