Quality of Life in Cuenca, Ecuador

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Purchasing Power Index 29.23   Very Low
Safety Index 54.73   Moderate
Health Care Index 78.45   High
Climate Index 98.36   Very High
Cost of Living Index 35.29   Very Low
Property Price to Income Ratio 13.90   High
Traffic Commute Time Index 35.20   Moderate
Pollution Index 46.96   Moderate
ƒ Quality of Life Index: 136.89   Moderate

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Last update: September 2023

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6 Comments so far
Anonymous on Sep 26, 2023:
Richard,Following up with your query about the affordability, the newer threshold for income is now around $1275, subject to changes. I would continue to check updates, there's a lot of Youtube content that gets updated and gives good perspectives.

An article outlines: Internal data from our partners on current Retirement Visa applications suggest that around 40% of applicants don't meet the new $1275 monthly income requirements. This is a sizeable chunk of the expat market, which I'd expect to have trickle-down effects on many businesses in Ecuador.

source: https://expatsecuador.com/visas/changes-2022/ Perhaps working with an advisor would better position your situation. best luck with your retirement.
Richard Scott on Feb 28, 2023:
I plan to retire in Cuenca within the next year... I would appreciate any advice you can give me... I only have 1200 a month income and would like to know if that's doable... I'll look forward to your responses... Thanks
Bruce McLaughlin on Feb 22, 2023:
John Feyen comment certainly is about as silly and as misogynistic as they come. Ive US friends in Cuenca and they are not even remotely as out of touch as this. Made me both laugh and shake my head.
Rick Davison on Jan 13, 2022:
I welcome Mr Feyen's comments on life in Cuenca, but do not appreciate his silly references to socialists in America. There are no socialists in America. We're all capitalists or are working for capitalists. We have government benefits, but fewer than in many other countries.
Anonymous on Oct 12, 2021:
Mr. Feyen sounds like an old angry white male. He prefers women who lived in the 50s. A misogynist. The U.S. he describes is not the country in which I live, Sarasota, FL, U.S. I certainly hope all expats in Ecuador are not like this individual.
John Feyen on Oct 07, 2021:
Wonderful place to live, you have to speak Spanish. Very little English is Spoken. Safest city in Ecuador for sure. Cool and crisp at night and warm in the day. Climate is great. Ecuador in general is a conservative and family cultured society. Nice change from Babylonian North America. Some items here are the same price or more than the US. Vitamins are double. Fruits and veggies are 20% of US cost. Meat is clean no steroids or antibiotics, grass fed. Beef is for pressure cookers and crockpots. Filet Mignon think sirloin at best. Fish and chicken are my favorite. Chicken same price as US. Wonderful fish(Corvina-Sea Bass and Mahi and Tuna) is 50% of cost, except Salmon, same price. Beef is 50% of US cost. Pork 50% of US cost and really tasty. Buy your electronics before coming to Ecuador. Small selections and cost more. If your single here take your time. Traditional ladies like your 1960's US. What a great change from media brainwashed mixed up angry and sad US females. Recommended-Latin American Cupid. Cuenca has my endorsement for sure. I live in a great gated community, furnished apartment on 7th floor with a beautiful view. All utilities included with a new gym, basketball court, running track, bbq and 24 hour security. The cost $485. Looking for a nice country home with some land in the beautiful country side. It will be much less. As the Socialist take over the US I have a feeling Ecuador will get more Ex Pats. They already making planes to make the Residency Visas much harder to get and cut the flow. If your planning on moving here I would do it quick.