Greater San Miguel de Allende has about 170,000 people and in Centro (the central part of town), there are only about 75,000 people. I have lived in around eight different places and compared to those places, the standard of living in San Miguel de Allende is incredible. Most things that we need here are close by. Most things are accessible and the roads are easy. Shipping is not always easy and it has always been an issue but it has changed now because of Amazon. Accessibility of things has probably been the biggest challenge but relevant to the quality of life here, it is great. It is expensive to get into San Miguel because it is a cash market but once you have a house, the cost of living and the availability of things are good. There is less stress when you live here. You will not be stuck in traffic for an hour in the day and an hour at night trying to get home.
Some of the things that attract Americans and Canadians to come here to San Miguel de Allende for a vacation or even to live full time is that the community is smaller and the types of people who can afford and want to be here are a particular type of person who will leave their home and live in a small mountain village in central Mexico so if you live here, you communicate with people who are like-minded. When I walk from my house to the other street, I might see three people who I know and say, “Hey! How’s it going?” I might also stop into a shop where I know the owner and say, “Hey, how’s your day? Did you do well?” That level of support and interaction and personal connection is huge here in San Miguel de Allende and there is no place that I ever had that. This is unique about San Miguel de Allende. Living here is less stressful, it’s great, and I love it!
(Home in centro next to a church, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, pictured.)