Relocating to the U.S. from any country is easy due to the superb international connections the country has. However, this does not mean that there aren’t any factors that you need to consider before finalising your decision to make the move. That said, here are 5 things about the U.S. that we think you will find useful to know:
Cost of Living
The cost of living in the United States will vary depending on what city you move to. However, on average, the consumer price index is at 85.34. The rent index is at 36.18 while the groceries index is 81.21. The restaurants index is at 67.94 while the lower purchasing power is at 119.70.
What do these indexes mean? Before anything else it is important to understand that the aforementioned indexes are relative to New York City. For instance, the rent index of the U.S. is 36.18. This means that rent rates in the United States (overall) are 63.82% less expensive than in NYC; while an imaginary index of 110 would mean that rent rates are 10% more expensive than in NYC.
New York City and Los Angeles are indisputably two of America’s most popular cities and for good reason. New York is known around the world as the Big Apple or the concrete jungle where dreams are made of. They say that if you can make it in New York, you can make it anywhere. It has five boroughs and each is distinct in its own way. Whether your interest is in film, fashion, finance or what have you, New York has it all.
Los Angeles is famous for being the city of angels. People move here to make their dreams come true. And this is very understandable—what with Hollywood making its home in this beautiful city and the beaches, palm trees, and signature skyline which are simply incomparable to any other city in the world.
The Windy City or Chicago is another American city that is famous for its fantastic sights. Chicago is laden with history and here you will find numerous landmarks such as the Trump Tower, the Sears Tower and Lake Michigan. Don’t forget to try the deep dish pizza! Chicago is the city for you if you consider yourself to have a strong sense of adventure.
Washington DC is another of America’s largest cities. Known as the heart of America’s political arena, many historical monuments and buildings call Washington home. However there is also much to do in Washington with regard to nightlife and entertainment.
Customs and Traditions Unique to America
While American culture is more liberated than ever before, English speakers generally shouldn’t encounter any problems acquainting themselves with the customs and traditions of America provided that they conduct themselves in a respectful and courteous manner at all times. It is customary to shake hands with a person when first introduced to them. Social kissing on the cheek is quite common between men and women or two women who are close to one another.
It is permissible to bring flowers or wine when invited to a person’s home for a meal. When inviting Americans to your home, treat them in the manner that you would like to be treated. Be sure to tell them in advance where the toilet is as asking sometimes embarrasses some Americans.
5 Websites That Are Useful
1. British Embassy Washington. When in another country as an immigrant or a foreigner the most important contact details to have are the ones of your embassy as you never know when an emergency situation might arise.
2. American Law Sources Online. Familiarise yourself with U.S. laws with this free website. It also has laws for all 50 states.
3. TripAdvisor. There’s not a more reliable website out there for when it comes to travel advice. Whether you have a question about the least expensive method of transport to get from one state to another or you want to do your homework on hotels in for your holiday, this is the website to visit. It is sure to come in handy as you map out your American travels.
4. American Visa Bureau. This is the site to visit if you are looking to visit America or visit there permanently. All the requirements and qualifications are listed here.
5. Moving to America Guide. This site tells you all that you need to know if you are a new immigrant in America or even if your migration is currently underway.
5 Landmarks to Visit in Your First Year
1. Lincoln Memorial. The Lincoln Memorial is definitely a must-see in America as Washington is the political capital of the country and Abraham Lincoln is known as the president that led the country through the civil war. His resolve to fight for his country’s freedom has earned him an indelible place in the annals of American history.
2. Statue of Liberty. This iconic landmark sits right in between New Jersey and New York and it attracts millions of tourists each year. Its name speaks for itself.
3. Greenfield Village. While it may not have as much recall as the two landmarks previously mentioned, this village was designed to remind people of how life was prior to the Civil War. This picturesque landmark is truly a sight to see.
4. Buckingham Fountain. Located in the capital of Chicago, the Buckingham Fountain is a testament to America’s rich history.
5. Grand Canyon. Located in the southwest of the United States, the Grand Canyon is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Millions come to visit it each year and its beauty is unparalleled throughout the world.
So if you are planning on relocating to USA, be sure to keep all of this information in mind as you never know when it might come in handy. Bon voyage!