Mexico City has become one of the most popular spots for digital nomads. But, is it a good choice or just a trendy spot? and what about the safety situation?
It seems that many digital nomads find themselves questioning whether Mexico City is as good as people say. The information is often mixed and biased. Some people think the city is way too dangerous to live in, while others point at the beauty and vibrant culture this place offers.
To clarify some doubts and shed some light, we have prepared a quick nomad guide that will be useful if you’re considering moving to Mexico City.
Is Mexico City a safe place to live?
If you’ve been a digital nomad for some time, you’ll know that the answer to such a question is often “it depends”. Well, the same rules apply to Mexico city. We need to keep in mind that this city is huge with almost 9 million people living in it. That makes up for a lot of neighborhoods, some safer than others.
The answer to this question is simple: yes, it’s safe as long as you know which areas to avoid and you find a nice and safe neighborhood to live in.
We recommend Roma Norte, a colonial-styled area with lots of street art and places to visit. Many digital nomads call this neighborhood home and the reviews are pretty good. Although you might find cheaper accommodation elsewhere, Roma Norte is surely worth spending a bit more on.
Average rent price in Roma Norte – USD 1,140 (21,300 MXN) per month (including wifi and utilities)
The language situation
Many people choose Mexico with the goal of learning and practicing their Spanish. Although it shouldn’t be difficult to find an English-speaking person especially among the young population, we highly encourage you to pick up some Spanish. After all, is the second most spoken language in the World.
If you’re planning to move to Mexico City, you should check Italki. On this website, you’ll find thousands of native Spanish speakers to connect with so you can start feeling the language from now, and who knows? maybe make a new friend.
Pros and Cons of living in Mexico City (as a digital nomad)
Deciding where to move next is not an easy task. To put all the cards on the table, here is the good and bad stuff about Mexico City:
Growing digital nomad community. The city has many coworking places where you can get to know other nomads like you.
Cheap and great lifestyle. You can have a good standard of life with less money than in other cities.
Some people speak English. You will probably struggle at times, I won’t lie. But people are friendly enough to help you even if they don’t speak English properly.
Low-cost transport. Getting around via the bus or subway is pretty convenient, but we recommend taking Uber since it’s pretty affordable ($3-$6 per ride anywhere in the city).
It’s warm. If you like summer, then yes, Mexico City is a great choice.
The Traffic. Remember? 9 million people. Traffic here can get pretty intense during rush hours.
Noise and big-city issues. As expected, the city can be noisy and perhaps a little dirty sometimes.
Elevation sickness. The city is located at 7,200 feet (2,250 m) above sea level.
Hospitals aren’t that great. We recommend getting good health insurance and making sure it covers all the necessary services.
Freedom of speech is weak. Many injustices happen in the country nowadays so it’s always good to read a little bit beforehand.
Finding a job in Mexico City
The employment situation isn’t the best overall. Big competition, low salaries, and hierarchy-based companies are some of the biggest issues to keep in mind. We recommend finding a remote job before moving there and then applying for a tourist visa.
Think about Distant Crew as a dating app but for companies and employees. Just like in the app, getting a match is completely free, and even if you can’t find a job you’ll still get an interview to get hired as soon as a position will open!
If you want to get matched with a remote job, you should: