I often get asked for information or tips about moving to the USA and one of my top pieces of advice is always to do your research about where you are moving to (this applies to any country, not just the U.S.) – I strongly recommend looking into, and comparing, the political climate, health insurance/services, average wages, social life, religious climate, crime etc … and living costs.
Average living costs is the most immediate thing that you have to make sure you have worked out correctly because the last thing you want to do is move somewhere that is going to be difficult to manage financially. You want to have as smooth a transition as possible – and money worries can be a cause of stress.
To help out those of you looking to move to the USA, I have compiled three sites that I have found particularly useful …
This site does not just offer information on the USA, so is a really good one-stop-research for anyone looking to travel, study, work or live abroad. There are USA guides, classified ads for accommodation , job listings and useful forums.
This site also offers cost of living information and comparison for other countries besides the USA. It has handy tables of information that make finding what you are looking for quick and easy and also offers a salary conversion report.
This site has lists of information that are easily navigated and provide good basics about property prices, crime, health care, pollution, traffic, quality of life, travel as well as cost of living (broken down into average prices for restaurants, groceries, transportation, utilities, rent etc).
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