No one in their right mind can dispute that the United States is the greatest country on Earth (for full disclosure, I am not an American). It is the richest and most powerful country in the world and one of the greatest countries in history, so when the United States speaks, every country listens. But it is not all sunshine and rainbows in the US, and in this article, you will discover why it is not for everyone. Maybe you should think twice before moving here.
The United States is very big and diverse but the following below covers almost every state/region.
1. The country is very divided politically – the US is dominated by 2 main political parties; the Democratic Party (the left) and the Republican Party (the right). Its as if these two political parties are 2 different countries. They have very different ideologies and ways of doing things. Almost everything is divided between the right and the left. These two parties are the main reason why the country is so divided.
2. The cost of living is high – the United States is not as expensive as Canada, but the cost of living is high compared to most countries around the world. If you are visiting the United States from abroad, know that you are going to spend quite a bit of money. A family of 4 needs to be earning at least $4000 a month to live comfortably and a single person needs to earn at least $2500. People earning below these numbers can make it work, but it won’t be easy.
3. People work too much – a lot of people in the US work 2 or even 3 jobs just to meet their monthly basic needs. 60 – 80 hours a week is the norm for a large number of people. This goes hand in hand with the high costs of living.
3. Way too many firearms – American civilians own over 395 million firearms. That is more firearms than the entire population of the United States. Every single day, at least 1 person is killed due to gun violence. The fear of getting shot in the United States is very real.
4. No universal free health care – Health-related costs in the US are the source of many bankruptcies and financial ruin. The cost of health care. The average cost of a simple hospital visit in the USA could cost you over $10,000.
5. The cost for post-secondary education is expensive – Student debt is out of control in this country with over 1.5 TRILLION dollars of student debt. Education in the US has become a business for many schools and is very expensive.
6. Systemic Racism – The United States is full of opportunities for everyone to go far in life but it has been well documented and proven that people of color/natives have to work two times more than their white counterparts.
7. A lot of rules and “red tape” – you can’t just do whatever you want, even if you own the property. In most cases, someone has to “approve” or give permission to do something or get something. The United States is organized but there too many rules in our humble opinions.
8. The Food – always watch what you eat. This is the case anywhere, but it is the case especially in the United States. Too many fast-food restaurants and genetically modified foods (GMO), causing lots of people to be obese and have a lot of health problems. A lot of processed stuff, GMO and a lack of fresh food, organic food. Sometimes you don’t even know what you are eating. This is not to say that there is no fresh food in the U.S. but most of the food is unhealthy.
9. Too Many Enemies – as mighty and powerful as the United States is, it has many enemies. Enemies that want to harm both the country and its citizens. It is great to be a US Citizen, but in certain parts of the world, you will get killed or tortured simply for being an American.
10. Too Big – the United States of America is the third-largest country in the world, so it is very big. This is not really a reason not to move there but it is definitely something to consider. Too big means that transportation takes longer and is more expensive. You need at least 5 hours to get to Los Angeles from New York City.