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The Top 11 Safest Cities in Mexico to Live and Visit

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Safest Cities in Mexico
Safest Cities in Mexico

Mexico is one of the most popular tourist countries and is home to the safest cities in Mexico. But with all that popularity comes some safety concerns. Although the media tends to over dramatize dangerous regions of Mexico it is true that Mexico has some dangerous regions where you should be careful. 

But although there are some shady areas, there are just as many good urban areas in Mexico. Whether you want to settle for good or just visit there are lots of places where crime doesn’t have to be the top of your concerns.

If you’re traveling to Mexico for vacation or business reasons, the cities below are considered the most secure cities in Mexico according to the State Department and the locals. 

Please remember though, this doesn’t mean that these cities have no crime. Just that statistically they are considered safer than others.

What are the Safest Cities in Mexico?

1. Merida

One of the top cities in Mexico is Merida in Yucatan state. It is one of  the safest cities in Mexico and also one of the safest cities in the world. It’s also a very popular tourist destination because of its rich history and beautiful resorts on the Caribbean Sea. 

The bustling city of Merida is actually ranked of the safest in Latin America and all of North America. It is in one of the safest states in Mexico.

In 2013, it was ranked as #2 on a list that included only cities from Canada and Mexico with population over 500,000.

It received this rank due to its low crime rate: since 2009 there has been an annual average between 3-4 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants according to recent statistics. 

These statistics as well as its high quality of life make it one of the safest cities in Mexico.

2. Queretaro

Queretaro also ranks high as a super safe city. It has a safety index of 69.8 out of 100 which makes it one of the least dangerous cities in Mexico and among the safest cities in the world. Generally some of the cities that are the safest to live in tend to be smaller towns and municipalities that are very close to Mexico City or Guadalajara.

Safest Cities in Mexico: Queretaro
Safest Cities in Mexico: Queretaro

Queretaro is also a safe place to live because its outside the earthquake zone. It has a tropical climate and it’s very large so it has a huge amount of wildlife and plant life.

Queretaro is also home to cafes, parks and interesting museums and is a bustling and cultural Mexican city full of culture and activities. Generally this is an excellent place to live and safety concerns are minimal.

3. Guadalajara

Guadalajara has consistently been ranked as a number one contender for safest city in Mexico.

This cosmopolitan city has been ranked safest and best planned city in Mexico year after year since 2015.

In Guadalajara, there are seriously great restaurants, museums and parks. You can enjoy delicious craft beer bars and the big city life while still having a level of safety that you may not find in a bigger city like Mexico City.

4. La Paz

La Paz in Baja California Sur is a wonderful place to live or visit.

It’s also a very safe town and is ranked one of the highest on the scale of cities with low crime rates.

There are so many beautiful towns and beaches scattered around, but I love the smaller cities like San Jose del Cabo and Todos Santos that have everything you need without all of the tourist traps!

Baja California Sur in general is an amazing place with lots of things going for it including small safe towns not often visited by tourists, who may tend to go to the more popular tourist destinations such as Cabo San Lucas.

Safest cities in mexico: La Paz
Safest cities in mexico: La Paz

5. Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta is consistently ranked high on the safety factor. The state of Jalisco, where Puerto Vallarta is located, usually stays out and away from trouble and violence.

Puerto Vallarta is a beautiful ocean city. The city has tons of coastline with different areas and although many have a lot of tourists, you can easily avoid lots of visitors by staying in the Romantic Zone instead.

Sayulita and San Pancho are also safe little towns close to Puerto Vallarta and the area is well connected to other parts of Mexico as well as  cheap flights from North America so affordability isn’t an issue either!

6. Guanajuato

I can’t guarantee that Guanajuato is a safer city than San Miguel De Allende because San Miguel is also pretty safe. But that being said, it has to be on the list for one of the safest cities in Mexico. 

Guanajuato is not such a draw for expats so that makes it smaller and cheaper than San Miguel de Allende while still having colonial charm. 

It’s also known for its UNESCO world heritage sites as well as the Guanajuato International Film Festival and University of Guanjuato among others. This city is only about 1 million people and the smaller size also makes it a safer option.

7. Huatulco

Huatulco is a quiet Mexican city that is extremely safe, especially in comparison to other areas of Mexico.  It’s like visiting a small town where people leave their doors open and crime is non-existent.

The only possible issue with safety here would be pick pocketing , but it’s rare anywhere in this area that you might find petty crimes including identity theft or purse snatching .

Safest cities in Mexico: Oaxaca city

8. Puebla

Another safe city to note is the city of Puebla.

According to the National System of Public Security, Puebla is one of the safest cities in Mexico. It’s also one of the safest States in Mexico.

The city of Puebla offers beautiful colorful buildings, amazing food and historical culture. Since it was founded in 1531 by the Spanish, it has been the heart of colonial Mexico.

Puebla is only an hour away from Mexico city but feels like a lifetime away. Puebla marches to a different beat; one filled with pride for traditional Catholic values and practices which have held strong throughout history.

9. Oaxaca City

If you choose Oaxaca City as your home, there’s a low chance that crime will be an issue. Crime is extremely low in the overall area, and also within Oaxaca City itself. 

With many benefits like affordable housing options and great costs of living for all areas budget-wise including food & drinks to medical care; it makes sense why this city has one of the lowest rates for violent crimes out there!

Just remember that as a tourist you can avoid most petty crimes. If you go out at night, be cautious and don’t trust strangers. Avoid wearing flashy or expensive items and by all means, don’t accept any offers of drugs!

10. San Cristobal de las Casas

San Cristobal de las Casas isn’t as big or famous as other Mexican cities, but it has so much culture for you to immerse yourself in!

This indigeneous city is also very safe, although of course, you should always use normal precautions when in a foreign city.

Safest Cities in Mexico: San Cristobal de las Casas
Safest Cities in Mexico: San Cristobal de las Casas

The state of Chiapas is a fascinating state in Mexico and is the coffee-growing capital of the country

Chiapas is also home to multiple indigenous groups who still speak their native languages today.

There are great activities, cafes and restaurants with seriously good street food nearby that will keep your stomach full all day long!

11. Ensenada

Ensenada has a crime rate of 2.1 per one thousand residents, which is 33% lower than the Mexican national average.

You are 15 times less likely to be murdered or assaulted compared with cities like Mexico City (UNESCO).

The police in Ensenada have high levels of trust among citizens due in part because their salaries are paid by public funds instead of private businesses.

Ensenada also has great weather for 9 months of the year and delicious food such as craft beer and fresh seafood.

You can take road trips to Baja California Sur, go on walks along the Malecon, or fly into Tijuana easily.

So what do you think? Are these cities all on your list of safest cities in Mexico? Leave your comments below if I missed any!

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