Morelia, Mexico – City Guide for Nomads and Expats

A hidden gem in Mexico. Quite possibly the hidden gem in Mexico if you fancy great food, university gals and a casual nightlife environment. Capital of the state of Michoacan, known for delicious avocados and ruthless drug violence.

POPULATION: 730,000


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RENT AN APARTMENT IN MORELIA

$400 can get you a modest apartment in the heart of Morelia, or a small casa outside of the centre.

 

NIGHTLIFE IN MORELIA

7/10

Nightlife in Morelia is good for a city of its size. Slightly less pretentious than other cities like Monterrey or Cuernavaca, which means less pressure to look good and be on your game. As someone who’s introverted, I found the nightlife in this city to suit me well. Even the bigger, classier nightclubs have an air of casualness and felt less judgemental than Culiacan or Guadalajara. Although the clubs weren’t quite as wild, I felt much more at ease.

I recommend: La Taberna.

 

IS MORELIA SAFE?

The cartel has been stirring things up in Morelia for awhile now, but if you don’t go looking for trouble, you’ll be safe in Morelia. Some parts of the state, however, best be avoided unless you know the territory. A recent disappearance of an American tourist proves that, however unlikely, things can happen.

 

COST OF LIVING IN MORELIA

 The following data is from Expatistan, a crowdsourced database of prices and cost of living around the world. In our experience, the data tends to underestimate cost of living, so take the following as the minimum you might need to live here.

*Figures are listed in USD

You will need a minimum of $764 USD/month to live in Morelia, Mexico

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FINAL THOUGHTS

Life seems pretty good in Morelia. There’s girls, colonial architecture, and a relatively low cost of living. The people are friendly too. A possible downside could be security, as there has been a slight increase in drug violence in and around the city. But that’s a problem you’re unlikely to perceive.


OVERALL RATING: 7.25/10


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