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Living in the United States of America
Moving to the United States of America is a dream for many throughout the world. ‘The land of the free and the home of the brave’, the USA has been known as ‘the land of opportunity’ ever since Christopher Columbus sailed across the Atlantic Ocean at the end of the 15th century, making it the number one choice of country for foreign immigrants from anywhere in the world.
One of the world’s strongest economic powers, the United States offers a huge melting pot of diverse cultures and lifestyles, jobs in all career pathways and is home to natural phenomena like the Grand Canyon and (part of) Niagara Falls!
Contrasting climates and lifestyles can be experienced from laidback sunny California to the relaxing Missouri lakes and the vibrancy of downtown Manhattan.
A leading political and cultural force, America is the nation which gave the world creative visionaries such as Walt Whitman, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Mark Twain.
The USA is a world leader in sports and athletics from American football, baseball to ice hockey - although Canadians would argue that they are the leaders in the latter sport. Typically, families support their local teams with high school football drawing a large, enthusiastic audience from the surrounding area.
Most Americans are unashamed capitalists and there is a strong feeling that if you work hard you can achieve anything. Entrepreneurs are welcomed and success in business or personal life is praised. The other side of this coin is that you also need to be prepared to take care of yourself should you fall ill, with a robust health plan in place.
Interesting facts about the USA
- On July 4, 1776 the Declaration of Independence was issued establishing the United States of America
- One in four Americans has appeared on television
- The USA led the way in developing the internet
- The most populated city in the USA is New York City, followed by Los Angeles and Chicago
- The first man to walk on the moon was American Neil Armstrong (July 21, 1969)
- Alaska was purchased from Russia in 1867 and is the largest state in the USA by land area
Advice about moving to and living in the USA
You will require a visa to work in the USA which can be applied for at the American Embassy.
The cost of living can vary greatly depending on the area you elect to move to. Cities like New York, Los Angeles and Chicago offer much in terms of history and glamour but there’s a lot to be said for the charm of small hospitable towns. Arguably smaller communities can provide a secure haven for families who feel they don’t particularly want the stresses of urban life. As in the UK, it is possible to commute to work from a quieter area to a big city and enjoy the best of both worlds.
While there is no public healthcare coverage, private healthcare offers a high quality service with many employers offering help in this area.
A good range of public and private schools are available, although these again vary greatly in cost.
Visas and Green Cards are limited and can restrict employment opportunities so it’s essential to explore your options in your chosen field before moving to the United States.
How can we help with your move to the United States of America?
Britannia Goodwins can help your move to the USA run smoothly. Phone us on 01785 251161 and our international home moving experts will be glad to assist you.
Alternatively, you can contact us or use our online booking to set up an appointment for your home removal survey - both services can be accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, meaning you can contact us when it suits you.