Pros and Cons of Living in the USA

Americans can be proud of living in their country! From wonderful nature to even nicer people, growth opportunities, or shopping meccas, the USA has a lot to offer its citizens. But there are a few downsides to living in one of the 50 states too. Can you guess what some of them are? Here are the answers!

Pro: Entrepreneurship Opportunities

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The USA is not a land of opportunity for no reason. People do get to live their American dream if they work hard enough, something which in other countries in the world, might not be the case. The USA is innovative, with a skilled labor force, and relatively easy access to capital, so no wonder entrepreneurs fare here better than anywhere else.

Con: Worklife Competition

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The work environment in the USA is one of the toughest in the world. People here are used to working long hours, sometimes for not so much, and the reason behind this is the fierce competition for jobs in the country. If you are not willing to give 100% on a daily basis, there are other 10 people in line waiting to take over. Not low pressure in any case!

Pro: People

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The people in the USA are some of the nicest in the world. There are even books being written about the phenomenon of American niceness, and it’s all because it simply stands out so much in comparison to other countries' populations. You can count on always being greeted with a warm smile, even if you just cross eyes with someone in Starbucks.

Con: Health Care

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The health care systems all over the world are not ideal, but the USA is especially in a difficult situation. As there is no universal coverage for the citizens, people often end up having to pay for procedures themselves, which can sometimes be devastating. Although new reforms are constantly being made, the USA is still a long way from providing decent healthcare to all its people.

Pro: Cultural Influence

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It might not seem like much of importance, but the fact that the USA has the biggest cultural influence in the whole world means a lot. Because of it, Americans get to shape culture on a global level, and that is something which should be taken as a privilege and with plenty of responsibility. 

Con: Unhealthy Food

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The Americans are well known for terrible eating habits, and the availability of fast food on every corner has a role to play in this. There are no rules and regulations about unhealthy food, and companies still market their products to the whole population as if nothing is wrong. The overweight problem, as well as many other health problems stemming from unhealthy food, require more attention than they get.

Pro: Shopping

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The USA is a true shopping paradise, and it has been for decades, having more retail floor areas than any other country in the whole world. Shopping plays a big role in the lives of Americans, and even though online shopping is starting to threaten the brick and mortar shopping experience, it’s still a long way from taking down the good old shopping mall stroll.

Con: Vast Distances

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The fact that the USA is so incredibly vast also makes getting from one place to another quite problematic. There are over 12,000 miles of pure coastline, so even if you wanted to follow a pretty straight line up or down, it would still take you insanely long to get from one end to the other. 

Pro: Music Events

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The revenue for music events in the USA grows annually and reaches more than $8,500m each year. This is exponentially more than in any other country, and it makes sense too, as artists tend to tour in America much more than abroad. This means more music events for the people and more money for the industry!

Con: No Paid Parental Leave

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The USA is the last country in OECD that lacks paid parental leave. The only thing new parents can access is unpaid leave and even that only amounts to 12 weeks. New parents are therefore forced straight back to work, even though staying at home would be much more beneficial for the child.

Pro: Good Housing

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The USA is doing relatively well when it comes to housing for its people. OECD has listed the country as one of the top ones in terms of housing conditions and disposable income for house renovations and remodeling. On average, Americans have 2,4 rooms per person, which is much more than most countries can say.

Con: Walkability

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Walkability is becoming more of a thing of modern cities, as urban designers are realizing the importance of pedestrian accessibility. It not only makes the city more dynamic and open for interaction, but it also cleans its air by promoting less car use. However, in the USA, cities are still predominantly car-oriented, with not much thought given to walking or cycling people.

Pro: Easy Driving

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People in Europe have it hard when it comes to driving. In the USA, automatic cars have made driving much more accessible, even to younger people, who have gained relative independence because of it, and that’s a great benefit. Driving stick does have its plus sides, but it definitely makes driving much more of an effort.

Con: Wide Income Gap

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There is still a lot of inequality when it comes to wages in the USA. The top 20% of the American population earns 8 times as much as the bottom 20%, so the divide certainly is palpable. It divides people into the ones who have money, and those who don’t, in a very stark way!

Pro: Natural Diversity

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The land of the USA is vast and spans mountain peaks, surfing beaches, rivers, reefs, or plains. There is so much natural diversity, that it is virtually impossible experiencing all of it in one lifetime. More than any other country in the world, the USA has access to incredibly varied landscapes and climates, with a lot of natural wonders to boot.

There are plenty of aspects of American life that are simply wonderful benefits of living in the country. Some, however, can make your life pretty miserable, but just like in any other country where not everything is perfect, you have to come to terms with the reality and attempt to make the best of it all. So what do you think, do the pros of living in the USA outweigh the cons? Or is it the other way around?

Sources: CEO WorldNew YorkerUS NewsWiki VoyageConfusedStatistaMSNLonely PlanetUSA For ForeignersDPEACSPI NetInter Statement MagazineVoxPew ResearchOECD

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