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Best US Cities to Work and Settle Down In

There are some destinations in the USA which are and always have been rather popular with expats. However, this doesn’t mean that they are the best places to settle down in. We give you an insight into expat destinations in the USA and tell you where Americans are moving to.
The most popular US cities are not necessarily the best places to live for expats.

Where Americans Are Moving

When you are trying to figure out which US city or town you should move to, it doesn’t always do to pick your favorite city. The competition in popular cities like New York or San Francisco can be fierce and you might be more successful finding work elsewhere. After all, many expats move to the US on a work visa and thus need to secure a job before they are granted the right to work.

Another aspect is the quality of life which might just be higher in smaller cities. In the early 2000s, Americans have mostly moved to cities in the American sunbelt, such as Atlanta, Dallas, Las Vegas, and Phoenix. Many have been seeking opportunities in the coastal regions. Today, Texas is one of the preferred states when it comes to migration. Dallas, Austin, Houston, and San Antonio are among the most popular destinations there.

But other cities, such as Miami, Seattle, and Washington, D.C., have experienced a population growth as well after the economic conditions in the respective areas have improved. New Orleans, which took a long time to recover from Hurricane Katrina, has also regained popularity. American citizens tend to move away from the expensive urban centers such as San Francisco or New York and migrate to cities and towns with a stable US economy and affordable housing prices. At the time being, these can be found in the south and southwest of the country, in Texas and the Plains States metro areas.

The Best Cities for Job Seekers

It makes sense to choose a city which offers you lots of career opportunities and which has a relatively stable economy. That way, your chances of finding work (and being granted a work visa) will be much higher. There are some areas that will offer amazing employment opportunities in the near future while keeping the cost of living at the low end. For instance, Delton, Florida is currently producing new jobs in the hospitality business, and the professional and business services sector. In addition, the new SunRail commuter train, which is slated to open early next year, will improve the area’s infrastructure.

In Texas, McAllen and Austin are important expat destinations as well. McAllen, which is located at the southern tip of the state, has a growing automobile sector. Manufacturers in Mexico produce cars and companies in McAllen inspect and sell the vehicles. In addition, call-centers and new construction sites are abundant and offer job opportunities for many people. Austin, on the other hand, is home to a couple of high-tech companies, including Apple, Samsung, and Dell, which are hiring at the moment.

Cape Coral, Florida, offers lots of opportunities to grow and expand, both due to its low population density and its recovering housing market. New restaurants and retail businesses are opening in the area. In addition, a new waterfront development in Fort Myers (located across the river) is bound to produce a lot of jobs for both expats and locals.


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