The United States of America (USA) is a highly developed country with the world’s largest economy. It is regarded as the sole ‘superpower’ in the world today. It is the world’s 3rd–4th largest country by area and has the 3rd largest population (325 million). The USA is a global center of culture, politics, science and technology. Moving to the USA is an exciting opportunity for many Australians with huge cities and beautiful country sides combining to make this a truly wonderful and interesting country.
The USA As An Expat Destination
America is one of the most multicultural countries in the world and also has the world’s largest immigrant population. Due to British colonisation, 75% of the population is Anglo-Saxon, but the remainder is split broadly between African, East Asian, Indigenous, Italian, Indian and South American.
There are a broad range of jobs that expatriates can access. Service jobs are often available but are not highly paid in America. It is best to find a service job like waitressing because the country has a strong tipping culture. The US has a large service-based economy and this is where higher paying jobs can be found. Skilled and experienced expatriates are sought after.
List Of The Top US Cities To Move To
- New York, New York
- Los Angeles, California
- Chicago, Illinois
- Houston, Texas
- San Francisco, California
- Washington, District of Columbia
- Boston, Massachusetts
- Seattle, Washington
- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Phoenix, Arizona
The sole national language of the USA is English. But Spanish is also taught in schools so most people have a basic understanding of Spanish. Like most English-speaking countries, alternative languages are not spoken by large proportions of the population so learning English is a must, especially for employ-ability.
The US is such a large landmass that it’s of no use trying to sum up its climate as a whole. The Southern states have hot, dry climates, whereas the North is cold, wet and even snows. One thing to note is that the Eastern coast is prone to hurricanes and monsoons from August to October.
Cost Of Living
The cost of living in the USA is a substantial degree lower than in Australia. This is because the US government subsidies its farmers quite heavily. Also, due to the relatively even spread of population over the country, coupled with some economic reasons, accommodation is far cheaper in the US than Australia on the whole.
That being said, the cost of living differs greatly over this large country. New York is the most expensive city (in the country and one of the most in the world), and other attractive cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco are also up there. The least expensive cities include Portland and North Carolina.
One of the main downsides of moving to the USA is healthcare. The US healthcare system is largely privatised and it doesn’t have universal healthcare. The responsibility is on the individual to purchase health insurance. Making an informed decision on which health insurance to buy is a must when moving to America, because if you need medical attention and aren’t covered, then the medical bills may ruin your finances and you may even be unable to afford treatment.
The US has a well-funded, highly developed education program that has yielded high results on a world scale, but historically has lagged behind other developed nations. To address this shortcoming, the US has initiated programs like the No Child Left Behind Act. One aspect of the education system is that funding differs between school districts. Unfortunately, wealthier areas generally have better funded schools but this is a rule of thumb.
5 Tips For Moving To The USA
1. Get private healthcare. Make sure you research this decision well, to make sure you are covered for as much as possible.
2. It is illegal to overtake a stopped school bus. This offence carries heavy charges (it is for the safety of children).
3. Remember the tip. America is a tipping country. The generally accepted amount is 15–20% of the bill to waiters.
4. You must remove snow from the front of your property. This is the law in this country which often gets snow in the North. It is a legal requirement and you are liable for injuries that you may incur from snow on your own property.
5. Beware of wildlife. The American wilderness is home to a lot of large, majestic animals like moose, deer and even bears. The golden rule is don’t antagonize them, and if you see a bear, back away slowly in the direction you came.