Moving to Mexico
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Mexico is located to the south of the US, and forms the last part of North America, being bordered to the south east by Guatemala and Belize in Central America. It has significant water borders, with both the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea. The Gulf of Mexico also forms most of its eastern border. Mexico’s climate is varied, but its proximity to the equator ensures most areas are hot most of the year round.
Infrastructure / Job Prospects
If you are are interested in moving to Mexico and will also be looking to work, the local infrastructure and job prospects will be of great interest. Mexico has a gross domestic product of over $1 trillion. Its economy relies heavily on oil, of which it has around 20% of the worlds supply.
Mexico benefits from an extensive road network, probably the best and largest of the Latin American countries. Most of the expressway and freeway is made up of toll roads, and outside of the larger city areas, and interlinking roads, the transportation situation is not able to cope with the growing modern commercial demands. The current transport situation has resulted in restricting the economic growth and prosperity Mexico has enjoyed largely to the more urban areas, and there is a considerable gap in earnings between those living in urban and rural areas.
Mexico is home to the largest international airport in Latin America, Mexico City International Airport, which serves over 20 million passengers a year.
The country has one of the best, and strongest, Latin American economies, with a stable free market based economy which has been growing for over 10 years, and an increasing number of Mexicans are considered middle-class.
Mexico has a large export industry, the vast majority of trade is with the US (almost 90%) however the government has moved to improve the diversity by increasing trade with Europe and Asia, reducing the reliance on US trade.
One of Mexico’s largest exports is oil and the country is one of the largest oil producers in the world. Through the state controlled Pemex it produces over 3 million barrels a day.
One of the biggest industries in Mexico is Tourism, which accounts for of GDP. Over 20 million visitors choose Mexico each year, making it one of the most popular destinations in the world,
The country is home to a rich collection of cultural and archaeological sites. It is particularly well known across the world for its ancient temples and cities, especially those of the Aztecs and the Mayans, some of which are located around Mexico City. The city is also home to some of the worlds finest museums, including the National Art Museum and the National Museum of Anthropology, but there are many other facets to the sector. The country has an increasing adventure and eco-tourism industry, and provides the ideal location for many outdoor or adventure sports, including Mountain climbing, scuba diving and white-water rafting.
Natural parks and features also draw eco-tourists and the country has a huge diversity of natural sites and wildlife. In Baja-California for example you can visit the coast and beaches, view whales and sea-lions in their natural habitat, and still visit forest and jungle within the same region.
Beach tourism and modern luxury resorts are also growing, and many of these can be found in La Paz, together with The tourist industry also promotes the national drink Tequila, produced from the agave plant found in the west of the country, and a large industry in its own right.
Living cost and Taxes
The cost of living compared to the US, and many other international countries is low. On moving to Mexico the first apparent difference will be the rental costs, or purchase price for real estate, which is lower in Mexico city than most leading US cities, although it is rising. An apartment in a tourist destination in a suburban area, for instance in Puerto Vallarta would start in the region of $400 per month. It is possible to live relatively comfortably on around $1000 a month, although costs in popular areas are rising.
The three main Mexican ports in the gulf of Mexico in terms of oil exports are Pajaritos, Cayo Arcas and Dos Bocas, which together handle most of the 1.7 million barrels exported every day by Pemex.
Other ports in the Gulf of Mexico include Tampico, which deals with loose cargo, mainly raw materials such as metals and timber, and a containerized port in Altamira.
With regard to tourism, there are several ports that attract cruise ships, including Mazatlan, the largest resort destination, and home to many top class resorts hotels and beautiful, unspoilt beaches, and Puerto Vallarta, which grew around the old port for the local silver mines. It has now become a popular destination with attractions including shopping, beach resorts and even swimming with dolphins in the nearby Dolphin Adventure Center.
Mexico’s largest airport is Mexico City International Airport (MEX) located in Mexico City, and serving around 30 million passengers a year.
The airport serves routes to over 100 destinations, including most destinations in Mexico and South America, the US cities of New York, LA, Miami and in Europe and Asia, London, Amsterdam, Paris, Frankfurt, Madrid, Rome, Shanghai and Tokyo.
Important Cities and Population Density
The population of Mexico is concentrated in the main urban areas, particularly Mexico City, which is home to around 25% of the countries population. The main cities, which you will want to consider if moving to Mexico, are Mexico City, the capital (Population around 20 million) Guadalajara (Population around 4 million) and Monterrey (Population around 3.5 million). The overall population density of the country is just over 150 people per square mile.
Mexico has one of the most interesting histories of any country. Human habitation is believed to have been as early as 40,000 years ago, and the land was a site for many impressive early civilizations, including the Mayans and the Aztecs.
Around 500 years ago the country was invaded by Spain, who colonized the country for nearly 300 years before a war resulted in independence from Spain in 1821.
Mexico accounts for the highest number of US emigrants, with over 1 million US citizens moving to Mexico to date (1999) although this has probably increased substantial in the last few years as the country becomes more popular.
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