You’re thinking about moving to the USA, or at least making considerable steps towards it. Along with thinking about the logistics that sit hand-in-hand with moving abroad, you need to suss out your location options and ensure you pick the perfect place for you and your family to begin a new life.
Where to move?
The quick answer is that it depends what your plans are: if you are incorporating a business, assessing your market will be one of the key factors in your consideration of where to buy. If this is the angle you are taking, there are specific benefits attached to US business incorporation which vary from state-to-state.
To read about popular US states for incorporation, their specific benefits and potential pitfalls, keep an eye out for next week’s ‘Moving to the USA’ installment.
There are, of course, the long-standing states popularity wise such as California and Florida – particularly for retirees, and many take advantage of the year-round sunshine, but here are a few alternative considerations offered up by the CNBC.com top ten American best states to live in 2012, for quality of life:
1. New Hampshire
New Hampshire has a prominent pro-liberty social community; a choice of 48 mountains through the Appalachian Trail for keen hikers and it enables you to enjoy all four seasons, with beautiful Fall foliage, popular snow-related recreational activities and an array of outdoor festivals in the summer. The quality of life within the Granite State was ranked among the best in 2012, largely due to the healthy environment; and if you want a little more civilization, Boston is just across the border.
Why Hawaii? Why not: people from all over the planet migrate to this American island paradise. It has stretches of white sand beaches, year-round warm weather, and the near reverence that Hawaiians hold for the environment means almost unparalleled air and water quality. The lifestyle that Hawaiian residents promote, ‘The Aloha’, is all about the friendliness and generosity shown to one another (generally).
The Green Mountain state has the low crime rate numbers to back up its reputation an idyllic canvas for a newcomer’s lifestyle. It offers a wide range of living opportunities, from rural towns to bustling city of Burlington – which has been cited as one of the top places to raise a family according to Men’s Health magazine.
Low population density, low crime rates, notoriously polite people and lots of pine trees make Maine a high contender in the quality of life stakes, along with holding some of the most beautiful scenery the North-East has to offer. Residents will rave about Harpswell, a collection of small islands only 20 minutes away from the base, and Brunswick town for those with kids, which is famously friendly and has a whole host of recreational programs.
Lap up the natural beauty in Minnesota it is the land of 10,000 lakes. The range of living is vast, and from the cosmopolitan Twin Cities to the more remote charm of the North Woods, there is something for everyone. Whether exploring contemporary art in Minneapolis’s Sculpture Gardens, or venturing to the North Shore state parks with achingly pretty waterfalls and forest trails, there is something for the healthy mind and body in Minnesota.
6. North Dakota
The quality of life in the Peace Garden state does not seem to have been affected by the growing pains resulting from North Dakota’s oil boom, and it still rivals its southern neighbour in terms of environmental quality. The state has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the whole country, and while many states are stuck confronting severe budget shortfalls and suffering economies, North Dakota is left trying to work out how to deal with its budget surplus!
7. South Dakota
South Dakota is home to some fun tourist traps such as Mount Rushmore and the moonlike landscapes of the Badlands, but it is a land of both business and pleasure: a state of stellar tax climate, limitless recreational opportunities, and one of the lowest crime rates in the nation mean there is plenty to inspire you to make this state your home.
This centennial state offers an intoxicating mix of urban flair and organic beauty. Communities in Colorado are consistently ranked among the top places to live in the US, and with majestic mountains and wide-open plains making way for a range of activities such as biking, hiking, camping, and boating, it sits up there with the healthiest environments in the USA.
As a Cowboy state with lots of empty space and low population density, you can really breathe easy – and feel safe, in Wyoming. Whilst the winter brings low temperatures, the air is crisp and clean and for wildlife lovers, you can encounter a range of creatures – should you go looking for them, in the hundreds of miles of backcountry such as bears, elk, mooses, mountain lions, owls, eagles and wild horses.
The Beehive State gets its name from the industriousness of its people. Although Utah’s active mining industry hurts in some environmental measures, it is reported to be at the top in terms of liveability for factors such as its low smoking figures, fulfilling work environment and constantly improving standard of living according to a 2012 poll. The famous centre of close-knit Mormon cultural influence, Utah can wow you with its snow-capped Spring Mountains and its capability to welcome newcomers warmly, regardless of belief and background.
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If you’re interested in moving to the US through business, you will find next week’s article useful where we will discuss the most popular states for US incorporation.
If these idyllic locations have spurred your desire to move stateside and you are considering an investment route to securing permanent residency – and eventually citizenship for you and your family, contact us [email protected] today and we can provide you with further information on the interesting programs we offer.