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Living in the United States

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Feb 08, 2024

Summary: People describe life in the United States as diverse, exciting, and full of opportunity. Expats love the freedom and independence that comes with living in the United States, as well as the wide variety of cultures and experiences that can be found here. The average cost of living for an expat in the United States is around $2,000 to $3,000 per month, depending on the city and lifestyle. The population of the United States is approximately 328 million people, and the largest cities are New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, and Phoenix. The cons of living in the United States include the high cost of living in some areas, the lack of universal healthcare, and the political and social divisions that exist in the country. Additionally, the United States has a large income gap between the wealthy and the poor, and the cost of living can be prohibitively expensive in some areas.

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When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to the United States, they said:

"If you are a young person in his/her 20s I would not recommend it. We do have a club scene yes, but it dies around 12am. That and most clubs/bars can be dangerous at times due to gangs coming in and starting trouble. Sacramento is perfect for someone in their later adult years to live and work. However, if you are planning on moving here bring plenty money with you, and try to find a place before coming, which isn't difficult, apartment complexes are always renting," wrote a member in Sacramento.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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