Emigrating to the United States of America

I am an American that has lived for about seven years in Europe. This year I might move to the USA. It is a big change for my family and I. But moving to the States is based on a number of factors.

The decision to move back is not easy. Here I have friends and extended family. We have a nice life, free health care and a lot of interesting culture and opportunities to travel. Why do I want to move the USA? Rainy weather and six months of darkness is not for me. If you draw a line from Europe to America you will notice that Europe actually sits up in the latitude of northern Canada. This explains the large variations of day light and strange weather.

Why I am moving from Europe to America

Reason 1: The primary reason I want to move back is the weather. I want to move back to the USA to a more sunny climate. The weather in Europe is dark and rainy. This is because it sits at the tail of the jet stream. If it was not for this jet stream Europe would be in an ice age. It is this warm moist weather that saves Europe from its Northern proximity. Think of foggy London and Sherlock Holmes and this is Europe. Further, the cities are polluted as they have narrow streets and are over crowded. European cities were designed for the Middle Ages not in the American way, large and expansive. Yes they are charming, but too many cars take the fun out of this.

Reason 2: Real Estate is expensive, as is everything. Even in poor Eastern Europe real estate is at western levels. For some reason, even with an over supply and tighter credit markets, Eastern Europe has high priced real estate. I have often said, for a cheaper price I could get something in sunny Florida on the beach, than a small Eastern European flat in the blocks.

Even in Greece where there is a crisis, any decent western style apartment is a half million dollars, go figure.

I have many times bragged how cheap things are where I live. But the Euro zone is catching up and prices are now approaching western Europe, which is more than the USA because of VAT which is 22%.

I still think the USA is more expensive than Eastern Europe where I live. But maybe not.

So I am moving to the USA for weather but also economic reasons.

Working in the USA

Since I do not work or need a job I can live anywhere I want. Considering my family has two passports we can live almost anywhere in the western world. Wow talk about too much choice. I do not need to work and I have two passports. But before you are too jealous my life is exceedingly hard in other ways. I am lucky only in money and politics, and of course love.

The US job market is strange and I do not blame people for feeling poor even though they work hard. I in the past have thought Americans have lost perspective and are a little spoiled as the level of poor is not the same level as the rest of the world. Yet, on the other hand life is hard now in the USA in terms of paying the bills.

Why the USA is not easy to live. For example, we have spent the day street viewing lots of places in the USA as we search for a place to live. Besides the wealthy suburbs, the rest of the homes look better in the Polish countryside than the USA. The Polish country, it looks richer. I am not joking. I have spend countless hours looking at places to live with the Internet using ‘street view’. On this street view, I see many questionable areas and people who I would not trust living next to me. So the USA is great if you have big money to live in a nice area. But for the average American it is not the dream it use to be.

Further, if I were to live in the Polish countryside I know everyone and everyone knows me. There is basically no crime. In the USA, I have to choose where I live carefully.

Where to live in the USA?

It makes me laugh inside when I see the ratings of the best cities to live in the USA. Come on, who would want to live in snowy Minneapolis? Look if you could live anywhere the best places are warm and sunny. On the East coast Florida for example or Hawaii. There is no way I would bring my family to Oregon for example where it rains all the time. Sure it is beautiful, but people in Hawaii and Florida seem happier. Life is easier.

Right now I am looking into St. Augustine, Florida. Although I am a New Englander, my folks live in Jupiter (the city in Florida, the planet). But this is too expensive for my blood. Like I say, I do not need a job but I am not a multimillionaire yet.

I have also considered North Carolina which as a nice change of seasons but warm and cheap. In fact if you have a job lined up it is one of the nicer places to live. North Carolina is cheap and charming.

If anyone has any suggestions I am very open.

What I need to do to move to the USA

My wife is an EU national so she needs a green card or an I-130 visa. I will go to the US consulate this week and fill out an application. I think it will take about six months. Our daughter is American of course.

My wife needs to sell all our Ikea furniture and when we get to the States we will order some more. We will send all our personal things via Polish Post. It is not that pricey.

I guess, we will have to get a car. A car is like legs for Americans. I have not had one in years. I am thin and healthy. But I am moving to America.

My budget for living in America

  • Health Insurance 500 dollars
  • Food and soap 1,000 dollars
  • Utilities 150 dollars
  • Internet 65 dollars
  • Netflix 12 dollars
  • Rent ? dollars, this is the big variable now.

If anyone sees anything wrong with this budget let me know.

A car will add more if we need one. We do not know if we will live in a city or on the beach.

But lets say my total monthly expenses are 2,500 dollars.

I try to live a simple life so I can focus on work and my programs I am writing. I do not have any credit nor have I really ever had. I have savings and investments. So I guess I am lucky. It makes life low stress. But I have no illusions, moving to the USA for us will be hard and there will be many unexpected shocks.

If anyone has any advice about the big move to the United States of America, I am all ears. This could include the best place to live and how much it will cost.