Safety and Security in the USA
Violent crime and property crime has been steadily decreasing in the US since the 1990s. However, you should still take precautions to protect yourself and your family, and be aware of your surroundings at all times, especially if you are living in a big city. White collar crimes, such as internet frauds and scams, however, are on the rise. Be cautious of anyone asking for money in advance, for example for a work-at-home job.
Racism and Xenophobia
The current national debate about immigration, together with the economic uncertainty in the US, has seen a surge in xenophobia in the US in recent years, especially against people of Hispanic descent. Suspicion against people of the Muslim faith has been widespread since the September 11 terrorist attacks. Racism and xenophobia are highest in the South, Midwest, and small towns and rural areas. Luckily, most expats live in cities and regions known for being more tolerant of people of different faiths and ethnicities.
The Path to Gay Rights
Although major progress is being made at the federal level, and in some states, to guarantee equal rights to members of the LGBT community, many people are still highly prejudiced against them. The majority of these people belong to conservative religious and/or political groups. They are most vocal in opposing same-sex marriage, which they see as an attack on the American family and the sanctity of marriage. Homosexuals are unfortunately also the group most likely to become victims of hate crimes, and bullying of LGBT youths in US schools continues to be a major problem.