Morelia is a city situated in central Mexico in the state of Michoacan, some 200 miles west of Mexico City. It is the capital city of Michoacan and has a population of around 600,000. The city dates from 1541 and expats living in Morelia will find it has an excellent collection of well-preserved Spanish colonial buildings in its historic center, leading the city to being named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991. These buildings include the baroque Cathedral with its surrounding gardens and parks, which is one of the city center highlights. There is also the Santuario de Guadalupe, which is considered to be one of the most serenely beautiful churches in Mexico. Many of these buildings were constructed from the pink cantera stone, leading to Morelia’s nickname of “The Pink City”. This is a fascinating city and joining InterNations could help expatriates in Morelia understand more about their new home and make valuable new connections in the city and across the world.
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Morelia is an important city on Mexico’s road network and is served by the Atlacomulco-Maravatío-Morelia highway, which connects it to Mexico City. There are also major highways to the neighboring states of Guanajuato, Jalisco and Queretaro. Highway 200, meanwhile, connects the city to the coast at Lazaro Cardenas. Furthermore, Morelia International Airport has good regional and some international connections, so expatriates moving to Morelia should not have any problems getting there. The city has a vibrant cultural life with important music and film festivals. Morelia is also an important academic center, with the oldest university in the Americas in the Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo. There are many other technical institutes and both public and private universities, which also attract many academic expatriates to Morelia. In order to help you get settled in your new life abroad, why don’t you join InterNations? Our international online expat community is the perfect place for expats living in Morelia to connect and share experiences with fellow expatriates.
The local economy of Morelia is dominated by commerce, with some 25% of the population involved in construction and manufacturing. Agriculture employs almost 10%, while tourism is becoming more important as visitors enjoy the local colonial, natural and archaeological sites. Small to medium enterprises are involved in the production of plastics, cooking oil, cement, flour and confectionery. The educational and academic sector is also a major employer. With such a varied economy, the discussion boards and forums of InterNations are a useful way for expats working in Morelia to keep up with developments and network with other global minds in the city. And our Expat Magazine provides an additional resource for tips on living the expatriate lifestyle.