Every year Internations publishes the Expat Insider, one of the largest surveys worldwide offering an in-depth analysis of expat life across the globe. More than 12,500 respondents representing 166 nationalities and living in 188 countries or territories answered their questions, providing unique insights into what it means to be an expat in 2017.

This year they ranked 65 destinations based on how these countries were rated by their expat residents. They looked at more than 40 individual factors that influence an expat’s experience of living in a foreign country, from family life to finances. The picture that emerged is an interesting one, with some of the results differing noticeably from other country rankings.

Mexico, is a consistent favorite in this index, which saw it jump up to being in the top three this year, with Bahrain (interesting) and Cost Rica rating above it. Coming in just after Mexico were Taiwan (also interesting) and Portugal.

Mexico was in the top 5 for three indices: Ease of Settling In, Personal Finance, and Cost of Living. A significant number of respondents say they primarily moved to Mexico for a better quality of life (14%). Though healthcare and safety damage its overall ranking in the Quality of Life Index, it ranks first in the Personal Happiness subcategory and does well in the Leisure Options subcategory, ranking first for socializing and leisure activities.

The climate, respondents said, is almost perfect, the people are friendly, and the food is to die for.

Expats in Mexico are also happy with their financial situation. In fact, 80% considered the cost of living a potential benefit before moving. The country ranks fourth in the Personal Finance Index and second in the Cost of Living Index, and 74% of expats say they’re generally satisfied with their financial situation.

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