We recently met a guy who was visiting Washington State from Oaxaca, Mexico and we just had to start up a conversation. “Why retire in Oaxaca, of all places?” Well that opened the door and he spent the next hour telling us why he moved there 11 years ago and why he stays. “The climate is perfect! The winters run between 45 and 50 degrees (F) and the summers see 75 to 80. We get about 30 inches of rain a year. The town is full of artists, festivals, galleries, crafts and fabulous food.” So we did some research and here’s what we found.
Oaxaca is nestled in the mountains of southwest Mexico at 5,000 feet, about 300 miles south of Mexico City. It is an easy commute from Houston, Texas. The historical old town has tree lined streets, museums, churches with amazing artwork, and 5-star restaurants with outdoor seating. Even in January, you will find flowers in bloom and blasts of color from the bougainvillea. A meal in a moderately priced café will run you $6-8.
Here are some things to consider about retiring in Oaxaca. First of all, it is one of the safest places in Mexico for violent and non-violent crimes. One report said that 94% of the people felt safe wandering around during the day and 71% at night. Renting a 3 bedroom apartment in the city center runs under $500 a month. Gas is $2.65 a US gallon (in 2017).