life is short...........enjoy ourselves.
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.
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
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!
- 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...
- 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...)
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.
Looking at your pros, I think you're being a "bit" naive.
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,