San Miguel de Allende is a very cosmopolitan city. We have residents who were born here and come from many generations of San Miguelenses (those born in San Miguel de Allende), and people who have moved here from outside of San Miguel de Allende, either to retire here, or to work here as well. We also have a large foreign community.
Those of us Mexicans who have come from outside of San Miguel de Allende have adopted San Miguel de Allende in our hearts as our home. These are mostly working age individuals like myself, or professionals who have adopted San Miguel as their home because it’s safe and a culturally diverse city.
The patron saint of San Miguel de Allende is very protective of his land, and people who come to San Miguel de Allende don’t always find that they can stay here for long periods of time. There are those who come to San Miguel de Allende to reside here permanently, while there are those who live here for a short period of time because the patron saint is so protective of his lands, so they find that San Miguel is not for them.
This phenomenon happens not only to Mexicans, but also to the foreign community. If you’re meant to be here in San Miguel de Allende, then you’re meant to be here; and if you’re not, then you’re not.
The people who come to stay in San Miguel de Allende are those who celebrate the culture and traditions, and embrace San Miguel de Allende in their hearts. These are people who respect the land and the culture. San Miguel de Allende is a magical place to live and miracles happen here every day, but that’s only if you’re meant to be here.
If you’re not meant to live here, then your life usually becomes complicated, and you will be forced to leave one way or another. We have a population here of between 180,000 – 200,000 inhabitants. The estimated total foreign population is between 10,000 and 15,000. Majority of the foreign residents live here full time, but we do have a rather large snowbird population- these are people who only live here for several months a year.
The majority of the foreigners living here are from the US and Canada. We have a rather small percentage of English, Italian, and French nationals. The largest part of foreign residents here in San Miguel de Allende are those who have chosen San Miguel de Allende as their place for retirement, but in the last couple of years, we’ve seen a large trend of younger people, and even families who have chosen San Miguel de Allende as their place to live because of the quality of life here. These are people who are continuing to work in Mexico, normally virtually, or people who can afford to travel back and forth their country of origin and work from Mexico as their base.
There are also families that have moved to Mexico to provide a higher standard of living and quality of life for their families, and that is why they have chosen San Miguel de Allende.
(Centro San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, pictured.)