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Daryl Ries of Keller Williams Panama, associate – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Townhall at the American embassy, Panama City, Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingI remember that the population of Panama was 3 million when I arrived almost 10 years ago. Since then the population of expats has increased. The city itself (Panama City) is now flooded with expatriates as it becomes a major hub for investment, banking and multinational corporations. There has been a significant influx of Venezuelans as well in recent years and Panama continues to  build for its ongoing prosperity and global draw. 
 
On the Pacific Coast there are many more beach and mountain communities to meet the demand of  incoming expatriates. In Coronado, where I live, the population of expats is 50% of the total population. In Panama City the expat population is a much more spread out.  
 
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Terry Bradford of Origen Real Estate Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account

Balboa Yacht Club in Panama City Panama sign – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThe expats here in Panama are from different countries. I would say, generally most of the expats come from the US and Canada and they have set up organizations over here in Panama, which any expat is able to join. There is a Scottish society, too. There are several different expat societies here in Panama, but you do not necessarily have to be Canadian to belong to the Canadian society and you do not have to be Scottish to belong to the Scottish society.

These societies have a mailing list and they send out invites and notifications on when and People at hte 4th of July party at Veterans of Foreign Wars in Panama City, Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International Livingwhere the next meeting or event will be. So you will always be updated on any social events that they organize and you can always join. You will see people whom you have business with four years ago or even people whom you have just met a couple of weeks ago.

There is an organization called the American Society, which has been around since 1931. Originally, it was composed of Zonians (Americans who grew up and lived in the Panama Canal Zone their whole lives) but as more expats come to Panama, they have opened to any American expat who have moved here to Panama. Some organizations were formed during the times of the original construction of the Panama Canal.

Alan Filliger of Alana la Casa del Arte – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
The last information I saw about how many Americans and Canadians live in Panama, the number was over 19,000.  This was a few years ago and I haven't seen any updated information.
 
There are several expat organizations in Panama for Americans and Canadians which hold regular get-togethers  and social events.  People should have no problem connecting with other folks from the USA or Canada.  Just check the "Visitor" paper, available at he airport and lots of other places to find the time and location for expat meetings.
 
Elizabeth Vance of The Gringo Guide To Panama: What To Know Before You Go – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
The U.S. Embassy won't provide you a count, but having been around here for a few years, I'd say it's between 20,000-30,000 Americans in total that live in Panama full-time.
 
Since we've been here (since early 2008), there have been more Canadians than Americans coming, for whatever reason. I would guess the number of Canadians is about the same.
 
Still, in a total population of 3.5 million, that's not a ton of North Americans. However, the social circles for expats is pretty small, so you will see alot of the same people in both the city and the Interior, depending on where you live.  It often feels like living in a very small town.

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