Ten Best Cities for American Expats

Have you ever considered just picking up and moving out of the country? Sometimes it sure is a tempting idea. It would be a lie to say I have never thought about living abroad. If you were to move, though, how would you go about deciding where to live? Some of us have a dream to live in Paris or on an island in the Caribbean. But those aren’t necessarily practical places. More and more people are residing outside of the United States BECAUSE of the practicality, not despite it. The US State Department estimates that there were close to nine million Americans living abroad as of June 2016, which is a huge increase from the estimated 6.3 million in 2011.

With rapid globalization, it has never been easier to live in international cities all around the world. To help you narrow in on the best places to live abroad for jobs and homes and fun, Realtor.com ranked 231 global hubs according to these criteria: housing affordability, cost of living, quality of life, unemployment rate, number of American expats, low national homicide rate. This way you can make your dream come true of living abroad but still be practical about it!

Here are the results:

 

1.      Stuttgart, Germany

Median home price: $269,000

American expats in Germany: 137,575

 

2.      Glasgow, United Kingdom

Median home price: $165,300

American expats in U.K.: 212,150

 

3.      Montreal, Canada

Median home price: $213,706

American expats in Canada: 343,252

 

4.      Wellington, New Zealand

Median home price: $324,900

American expats in New Zealand: 22,300

 

5.      Merida, Mexico

Median home price: $125,000

American expats in Mexico: 876,528

 

6.      Amsterdam, Netherlands

Median home price: $512,900

American expats in the Netherlands: 27,285

 

7.      Canberra, Australia

Median home price: $505,100

American expats in Australia: 110,643

 

8.      Lyon, France

Median home price: $341,500

American expats in France: 53,906

 

9.      Dublin, Ireland

Median home price: $294,300

American expats in Ireland: 30,690

 

10.  Durban, South Africa

Median home price: $108,000

American expats in South Africa: 18,114

 

Learn more about these ten cities here:

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