Thinking about starting a new life in a new country? Here are 10 good reasons to move to the U.S, and make it your new home:
The U.S. is a global leader in medical innovation. America solely developed or contributed significantly to 9 of the top 10 most important medical innovations since 1975 as ranked by a 2001 poll of physicians. Since 1966, more Americans have received the Nobel Prize in Medicine than the rest of the world combined. From 1989 to 2002, four times more money was invested in private biotechnology companies in America than in Europe.
According to prominent international rankings, 13 or 15 American colleges and universities are ranked among the top 20 in the world. Of Americans 25 and older, 84.6% graduated from high school, 52.6% attended some college, 27.2% earned a bachelor’s degree, and 9.6% earned graduate degrees. The United Nations assigns the United States an Education Index of 0.97, tying it for 12th in the world.
From 1983 to 2008, U.S. real compounded annual GDP growth was 3.3%, compared to a 2.3% weighted average for the rest of the G7. The country ranks ninth in the world in nominal GDP per capita and sixth in GDP per capita at PPP. The U.S. dollar is the world’s primary reserve currency.
Unemployment Rate in the U.S remained unchanged at 5.50 percent in March of 2015 from 5.50 percent in February of 2015. Unemployment Rate in the United States averaged 5.83 percent from 1948 until 2015. 74% of full-time American workers get paid sick leave, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
In 2009, the United States had the third highest workforce productivity per person in the world, behind Luxembourg and Norway. It was fourth in productivity per hour, behind those two countries and the Netherlands.
5. Standard of living
Americans have the highest average household and employee income among OECD nations, and in 2007 had the second highest median household income. The Global Food Security Index ranked the U.S. number one for food affordability and overall food security in March 2013.
6. Living Space
Americans on average have over twice as much living space per dwelling and per person as European Union residents, and more than every EU nation. For 2013 the United Nations Development Program ranked the United States 5th among 187 countries in its Human Development Index.
The U.S. ecology is very diverse: about 17,000 species of vascular plants occur in the contiguous United States and Alaska, and over 1,800 species of flowering plants are found in Hawaii. The United States is home to 428 mammal species, 784 bird species, 311 reptile species, and 295 amphibian species.
There are 58 national parks and hundreds of other federally managed parks, forests, and wilderness areas. Altogether, the government owns about 28% of the country’s land area. Most of this is protected.
Food and drinks sales of the restaurant industry in the United States reached 659.31 billion U.S. dollars in 2013 – a long way from the 42.8 billion seen in 1970. With well over 600 thousand restaurants employing approximately 13 million people, the industry caters to a variety of customer demands regarding price, food quality, dining experience and menu options, among many other things.
Personal transportation is dominated by automobiles, which operate on a network of 4 million miles of public roads, including one of the world’s longest highway systems. The world’s second largest automobile market, the United States has the highest rate of per-capita vehicle ownership in the world, with 765 vehicles per 1,000 Americans.
Light rail development has increased in recent years. The three largest airlines in the world by passengers carried are U.S.-based and of the world’s 30 busiest passenger airports, 12 are in the United States, including the busiest, Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
10. Science and technology
The United States has been a leader in scientific research and technological innovation since the late 19th century. As of April 2010, 77% of American households owned at least one computer, and 68% had broadband Internet service. 85% of Americans also own a mobile phone as of 2011. The United States ranks highly with regard to freedom of use of the internet. In the 21st century, 64% of research and development funding comes from the private sector. The United States leads the world in scientific research papers and impact factor.
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