I've become obsessed with living in America. What are the pros and cons? Watch

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Good luck with the whole money situation though given the US isn't doing so great at the moment.
Yeah, 'cos Britain's doing so well itself! :rolleyes:
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life is short...........enjoy ourselves.
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Well, California is one of the most expensive states in the US, especially Los Angeles (the average price of a property is about 575 k USD and given the current exchange rate is quite a lot for America). The UK and US are a lot different anyway. For starters, a car is probably required a lot more in the US than the UK as you gotta travel more to get to places. In the US it's not like you go to your local town and shop as such, but drive on high ways to go to shopping complexes/malls instead. As mentioned, health insurance is one of the main issues with the US and it can be very expensive. Also, regarding employment, you actually have to have a skill supposedly that an "American can't do". The traffic system/highways can get quite complicated as the whole layout is so much different.

Having said that the US is amazing
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Unless there are American kids crying out to learn Welsh, there's very little I can do that an American couldn't, employment wise :dry: so.... urgh. My dream is slowly being tortured and killed.
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Unless there are American kids crying out to learn Welsh, there's very little I can do that an American couldn't, employment wise :dry: so.... urgh. My dream is slowly being tortured and killed.
Not to stomp further, but the likelihood of anyone getting one even if they did have that skill would be unlikely anyway since the employment visas are oversubscribed and come down to a lottery, which the employer has to pay $5000+ to enter you in the first place.

Maybe a special someone in the future will be American someday, you'll never know. :o:
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My dream is slowly being tortured and killed.
That's your dream? You're a psychopath!

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You're not the only one who really wants to live in America. I really wish I lived in New York. Hopefully, I can in the future.
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Yeah, 'cos Britain's doing so well itself! :rolleyes:
Well, in regards to what it used to be.
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I have wanted to live in America for about 6 years but then again I've never been so I could be sooooooo wrong. Preferably New York. However I hate that there is no free healthcare and the long plane journeys I'd have to be rich just to be able to back and forth between here and the US and I have no relatives there :C
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I think that everyone should spend some time abroad in a different country and culture. It gives you a whole new respect and appreciation for not only your country but also the rest of the world. If you really want to come to the States don't give up. You never know what opportunities or chances might come up. If you're a girl I'd marry you(I've always wanted to move to the UK). Also, don't get all caught up in California. It's not the richest state. Actually, mine(Maryland) is. There are other great areas of the country and some that I think you would prefer if you looked hard enough. Finally, I don't know how old you are but if you are university age, why not come here and study? Just a thought.

Oh, just remembered. Not everyone in America is a Bible-thumping, God-fearing, gun-totin' hick. I happen to be an atheist(yes we do exist in America). As long as you stay away from the South and rural areas, you should be able to avoid these types of people. Don't worry, they scare the s h i t out of me, too!
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Pros:
- most things are cheaper than in the UK
- americans are usually very friendly (accept anyone from any race, age, background etc as part of themselves)
- the weather's good in some parts
- and i really can't think of any more to be honest...

Cons:
- the public transportation sucks or doesn't even exist (so you have to drive EVERYWHERE)
- in most towns, there are no pavements (or so i've been told) so you can't really walk much (thus, you get fat, etc etc)
- guns (very unsafe)
- the educational system is very poor compared to the UK (apart from great unis like Harvard and Stanford, of course!)

so yeahh, i personally wouldn't ever wanna move to America. i actually had the choice to go there last year, but didn't go.
i've got quite a lot of American friends who all basically hate life in america compared to life in Europe. (and they've all experienced life both in american and europe so they know...)
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(Original post by Sam4God)
Pros:
- most things are cheaper than in the UK
- americans are usually very friendly (accept anyone from any race, age, background etc as part of themselves)
- the weather's good in some parts
- and i really can't think of any more to be honest...

Cons:
- the public transportation sucks or doesn't even exist (so you have to drive EVERYWHERE)
- in most towns, there are no pavements (or so i've been told) so you can't really walk much (thus, you get fat, etc etc)
- guns (very unsafe)
- the educational system is very poor compared to the UK (apart from great unis like Harvard and Stanford, of course!)
We definitely have pavement. In every town. Don't know who told you that. :p:

And what's the big deal with guns? The likelihood of you ever getting shot is extremely tiny. It happens, but the odds of you being murdered in America is probably not much greater than being murdered in Britain (doesn't matter if you're shot or otherwise). Plus, the odds of you being murdered decrease even further as long as you stay out of sketchy areas.

And where'd you get the idea that we have a poor education system? :eyeball:

i've got quite a lot of American friends who all basically hate life in america compared to life in Europe. (and they've all experienced life both in american and europe so they know...)
Everyone likes living in foreign countries more than their own. :p:

Also, there's no way your friends can speak for the entire country in terms of quality of life. You'd have to have lived in like 500 different places to make an accurate sample of that.
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George Dubya doesn't prescribe the whole picture of the U.S. education system:o:
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Also, even if our pre-university education is crap(which it isn't), the USA still has the best collection of univerisities in the world. There is no arguing this point. It is fact.
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I'm not going to be thinking of moving out there until I've finished Uni anyway, so the education system won't matter to be so much unless I do set up home there and eventually end up having kids (good grief)

I never realised how difficult it would be to get the legal permission to live there though! :unsure:
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You need to watch Borat.
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(Original post by StotheL)
Well, in regards to what it used to be.
I assume you just said that without looking at statistics or having any understanding of economics.
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Just found this thread from quite a while ago. I also want to live in America when i'm older :yes:

Pros:

Nfl
Mountain Dew. :yes:
The houses in some places are awesome.

Those are 3 important ones for me...
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Looking at your pros, I think you're being a "bit" naive.
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Some people here seem to be picking on the american's as people... surely the reason to move to America is to be in America? :s Why are people so judgemental!

If i was going to america, i'd go for the scenery and the weather! You've got a range, from busy cities, New York for example to utter wilderness, such as Alaska! Go because you want to and dont make decisions based on other peoples judgemental views...

Hope you come to the right decision for you,
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