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Chuck Bolotin of Best Mexico Movers – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Two Americans in Ajijic, MexicoThere are no official estimates as to how many expats live in the Lake Chapala / Ajijic area.  The guesses I have heard tend to center on a population of perhaps 120,000 or so total inhabitants in the total “Lakeside” area, from Jocotepec to Chapala, with Ajijic about in the middle.  Of those, perhaps 20% or so are expats, a percentage that will rise or fall somewhat significantly depending on the time of year.  (The Lake Chapala area will receive many Canadians and others from colder places during the November – April timeframe.)
 
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Alicia Gomez of Collins Real Estate – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Alicia Gomez at a gathering with American and Canadian friends, Ajijic, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingOut of the total number of expats living in the Lake Chapala area, about 60% of them live in Ajijic. The rest are divided in other places such as Jocotepec, San Juan Cosala, and on the other side of the lake.
 
Out of the entire population of Ajijic, I would estimate that about 40% are expats. Ajijic is like Chinatown but we have foreigners. This is the “foreigntown” of Mexico.
 
(Alicia Gomez at a gathering with American and Canadian friends, Ajijic, Mexico, pictured.)
Michael Kavanaugh of Continental Realty – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Expats and Jet Metier of Best Places in an ice cream store, Ajijic, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingDuring the high season, I would guess there are around 10,000 Canadian and Americans in the Chapala / Ajijic area.  This would equate to about 20% of the population.  The remaining 80% would be Mexican.
 
But let me say, however, that the 20% of the population here that are expats has in increased the quality of living for almost every Mexican national who calls this home because the Americans are spending more money. If there weren’t for Americans, Canadians and Europeans here, this would be a poor little Mexican fishing village as opposed to what it is now; a cosmopolitan home for multi-nationals.  
 
(Expats and Jet Metier of Best Places in an ice cream store, Ajijic, Mexico, pictured.)
Jerry Smith, MD – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Members of the Lake Chapala Duplicate Bridge Club at a charity event, Ajijic, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingNobody knows because we don’t have exact numbers of expats living in Ajijic and Chapala. I’ve never understood why they can’t tell, but they can’t. The common rumor is that there are somewhere between 5,000 to 8,000 immigrants who live here year round. Of those, probably about one-fourth to one-third are Canadian, British, German, Swiss or Australian. People from all over the world come to Ajijic because this is one of the world’s best climates.
 
In the wintertime the expat population doubles, and those are mostly Canadians.  
 
(Members of the Lake Chapala Duplicate Bridge Club at a charity event, Ajijic, Mexico, pictured.)
Santiago Hernandez of Chapala Med – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Dr. Santiago Hernandez treating an expat patient at his office in Chapala, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingI am not the expert on this matter but just in Chapala and Ajijic, there would be about 20,000 expats and those numbers really swell. I have seen these numbers triple during the high season.
 
As a doctor, I notice during the low season, which is during summer months, that my business really takes a dive. In general, when you walk down the streets of Chapala and Ajijic, you would run into expats all the time.  
 
(Dr. Santiago Hernandez treating an expat patient at his office in Chapala, Mexico, picutred.)

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