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In this page: Communities of Expatriates | Ranking of Cities | Renting an Apartment | School System | Health System | Tourism and Culture | Individual and Civic Freedoms | Religion


Communities of Expatriates

The Number of Expatriates
According to an official census, almost a million (961,121) foreigners resided in Mexico in mid-2010. Historically, a two-thirds majority of these expatriates have been from the U.S., with 10% or less from Europe and South America each.
Hotel reservation websites
Living in Mexico
Transportation Companies For Moving/Removals
Easy Expat

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Ranking of Cities

Cost of Living
According to the latest available edition of the Cost of Living Worldwide City Rankings Survey by Mercer, Mexico City is ranked 79th out of 227 cities worldwide in terms of cost of living.
Quality of Life
According to the latest available edition of the Quality of Living Worldwide City Rankings Survey by Mercer, Mexico City is ranked 129th out of 231 cities worldwide in terms of quality of living.
Hotel reservation websites
Quality of Living Worldwide City Rankings (Survey by Mercer)
Cost of Living Worldwide City Rankings (Survey by Mercer)

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Renting an Apartment

Average Lease Term
Usually for a one year term.
Average Rental Costs
A guarantee deposit is frequently requested (the equivalent of a month's rent) as well as a cosigner.
Rental Agency Websites Mexico

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School System

The Education System
Basic education includes preschool, elementary and secondary school.
Preschool is for children three to five years old. It has three grades and is not mandatory.
Elementary school has six grades for children between 6 to 14 years old. It is mandatory.
Secondary school lasts three more years. It can be specialized in areas such as technical, adult education, telesecundaria (secondary school learning with television support) or focused on another line of work.
International Schools
The American School Foundation (located in Guadalajara, Monterrey, Mexico City and Torreon, among other cities)
German School
Mexican Japanese School
Hotel reservation websites
Directory of Bilingual Schools

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Health System

The Healthcare System
The Mexican public healthcare system is free of charge. However, hospitals are usually overcrowded and the waiting time to be admitted and treated is generally very long.
The private healthcare system is a very high level service. Most physicians who work in clinics and private hospitals have obtained international diplomas and speak English.
International Hospitals
Some examples of international hospitals include Centro Médico ABC, Hospital Angeles, Clínica Londres and Médica Sur.
Health System Insurance Body
GNP Insurance

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Tourism and Culture

Different Forms of Tourism

In Mexico City and its surroundings: The Templo Mayor, the historic city centre district, the Museum of Anthropology and History and the pyramids of Teotihuacán, Taxco, Morelia and Tula.

In the centre of the country: Guanajuato, Guadalajara, San Miguel de Allende and Querétaro.

In the south of Mexico: Palenque and Chichen Itzá and the la Riviera Maya.

Some popular examples of cultural tourism include: the Metropolitan Cathedral, Coyoacán, Xochimilco, craftsmanship in Morelia, contemporary architecture in Tijuana, gastronomy in Puebla, the Ruta del Tequila en Jalisco and the Festival of the Guelaguetza, indigenous culture and architecture in Oaxaca.
Opportunities for natural tourism abound in Mexico. Some popular destinations include: La Peña de Bernal in Querétaro, El Chico National Park in Hidalgo, the Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl Volcanoes and the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary in Michoacán.
Some notable sites for religious tourism include the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Sanctuary of Christ the King and Cerro del Cubilete.
The natural wealth of Mexico has created top-notch spa centres, many of which are located near serene beaches. For more information, visit the Spas page on the website of the Mexican Tourism Board.
Mexico has many beaches on the coasts of the Pacific and the Atlantic oceans. For further information, visit the website of the Mexican Ministry of Tourism.
Winter Sports
No tourist activities have yet been developed for this type of sport.
Outdoor Activities
Mexico's diverse outdoors make it a prime destination for diving, camping, hiking, cycling, canoeing, fishing and surfing.
Visitors to Mexico have a wide range of shopping opportunities, ranging from internationally renown brands at high end shopping centres to fine craft goods from local merchants at markets. For more information, visit the Shopping page on the website of the Mexican Tourism Board.
Tourism Organisations
Ministry of Tourism (in Spanish)
Cultural Organizations
Directory of Cultural Associations
Hotel reservation websites
Travel by Mexico

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Individual and Civic Freedoms

Civil Liberty
World Ranking of Freedom of the Press According to "Reporters sans Frontières", 2021 report : 143/180

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Catholic: 89.9%, Protestant: 5.2%, Jewish: 0.05%, Other: 2.1%, No religion: 2.5%,

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