Monterrey is the capital city of the north-eastern state of Nuevo Leon. Monterrey is a commercial centre in the north of the country and is the base of many significant international corporations in sectors such as steel, cement, glass, auto parts, and brewing. Mexico is in North America, bordering the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico, between Belize and the United States and bordering the North Pacific Ocean, between Guatemala and the United States. The climate varies from tropical to desert. The official language is Spanish. Mexican Spanish contains many words and phrases that are particular to the country and tend to be more florid and less direct than peninsular Spanish. There are no significant differences in the Spanish of different regions, only in accent: costeños (Mexicans from the Pacific and Caribbean coasts) can be harder to understand. English is spoken by hotel staff and some business people, particularly in the US border region, the big cities and popular tourist resorts. Many indigenous languages are spoken in the remote rural areas, such as the Mayan communities of the Yucatan. The main religion is Christianity. The economy of Mexico is the 11th largest in the world and is a free market mixed economy, and is firmly established as an upper middle-income country The economy contains rapidly developing modern industrial and service sectors, with increasing private ownership. In Mexico conversations take place at a much closer physical distance than expatriates may be accustomed to at home. Stepping back during conversation may be regarded as unfriendly. The security risk for expatriates in Mexico is medium to high. Risks include violent and opportunistic crime, violence during clashes between rival gangs / the security forces, and kidnapping. The currency of Mexico is the Mexican Peso (MXN). International debit and credit cards are widely accepted for payment and in ATMs. Good private medical facilities are available but can be expensive. Payment may be required up front. Cases of Zika virus and Chikungunya virus, as well as cholera have been reported. The population of Monterrey is 4.7 Million (Metro) (2018 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is 4.55% for Mexico as at April 2018. For a single Expat, the personal income tax rate in Mexico is progressive up to 35%.
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in In Monterrey, the cost of each basket, based on local prices, compared to the international average, is categorized follows (Exact cost of living percentages only available in personalised reports): Monterrey as at 1 April 2018 is high in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: Low 2) Clothing: High 3) Communication: Low 4) Education: Very Low 5) Furniture & Appliances: Very High 6) Groceries: Average 7) Healthcare: Average 8) Household Accommodation: High 9) Miscellaneous: Very High 10) Personal Care: High 11) Recreation & Culture: Average 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Low 13) Transport: Low Monterrey is for example 18.7% more expensive than Houston TX for groceries, 37% more expensive for household costs than Kuala Lumpur, and 3.7% more expensive for transport costs than Dubai. The hardship premium for Monterrey for an expat from Perth, is for example 20%, i.e. host location (Monterrey) premium of 30% minus home (Perth) location premium of 10%. Monterrey is ranked as a high degree of hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship (quality of living) or expat salary in Monterrey? Register subscribe to your home location and Monterrey and run your personalised reports.