Warning: These reasons and comparisons are taboo and politically incorrect and may offend some!
Reasons and Comparisons
Here are reasons for Americans to live abroad that other expat sites don't have the guts to mention for some reason. Every country has a different set of pros and cons. The USA has clean air, clean water, clean land, clean national parks, high quality infrastructure, polite drivers, plenty of consumer choices, etc. But on the other hand, it also has:
The highest mental illness rates in the industrialized world. This speaks volumes about how insane and unnatural American culture must be. No other country has such a huge mental health industry.
The highest rates of obesity in the world. This makes it hard to find an attractive girl and getting one very difficult, driving up the competition to insane levels! It also means that there is something very unhealthy about our food and lifestyle.
The most expensive healthcare in the world. The US is the only industrialized nation that has no national healthcare plan. Many are uninsured and many go bankrupt from medical bills. The American system is set up to benefit the top 1 percent, and its government would rather spend your tax dollars to drop bombs on people than provide national healthcare.
The highest prison population in the world. This speaks volumes about the insanity and dyfunctionality of US society.
High cost of living. This forces one to have to work more and suffer more stress in order to pay off bills, rent, mortgage, debt. etc.
Huge lack of human connection. People live in psychological bubbles in a society of social isolation. Neighbors don't usually talk to each other or invite each other over.
The highest rate of loneliness in the world. Social isolation is a norm. Many have no one to talk to about their problems, so they have to pay a therapist who doesn't even really care about them.
A dating scene that is insanely difficult for men. There is a huge dating epidemic where millions of males can't get any dates or female companionship. Women are too picky, have difficult personalities, become unfeminine, harbor hateful attitudes toward men, are flaky and flighty. There is a lack of quality single women, and overcompetition abounds among single men, which outnumber single women. The culture and media have destroyed healthy relationships, femininity, turned women into beasts with feminism, and turned women against men with an engineered "battle of the sexes" (which doesn't exist in other countries) which divides men and women, and further escalates the loneliness/social isolation epidemic.
Too much fakeness in people. The US has some of the fakest people in the world, especially among the young crowd and in the coastal areas (CA and NY). It's hard to find authentic, genuine, down-to-earth people, unlike overseas where they are the norm.
The threat of turning into a fascist police state. The US government has turned into a bully and control freak, increasingly taking away people's freedoms and rights under the phony guise of the fraudulent and baseless "War on Terror". Many fear that it may become a fascist dictatorship or police state.
In contrast, in most other countries, though not all:
Cost of living is much lower and more affordable. Well in most countries that is (except UK and Japan).
Healthcare is either free or affordable and does not bankrupt you. Other industrialized countries, including England and Canada, have a national healtcare plan that takes care of people. No one goes bankrupt from medical bills. (See the documentary film "Sicko" by Michael Moore for examples) This is a biggie since health is priceless and the most important thing in life.
Food is more natural and organic. In Europe for example, mainstream food is more natural and organic, so there is no need to go to expensive health food stores to eat healthy, like in America.
People are more authentic, down to earth and easier to meet. They are more open with strangers. The social atmosphere is more inclusive. You can meet people even if you go out alone, whereas in the US if you go out alone, you stay alone. I've met people in Europe in restaurants. They are easy to chat up and will invite you to sit with them.
The social atmosphere is not as judgmental or competitive. Thus you do not constantly feel insecure about yourself as you do in the US. This isn't as big of an issue if you are older, but it applies mostly to Gen X and Y, who grew up with insecurity their whole lives, never feeling accepted for themselves, thus developing inferiority complexes. Case in point: Blacks and Asians in England do not have the inferiority complex that they do in the US.
Females treat men better and are more feminine. This is important news for men. Foreign women tend to treat men better and are more feminine. They remind us of the way women used to be in the old days - more authentic, natural and down to earth, and easier to talk to and meet. They are also not as hateful and defensive toward men. All of this is more conducive to natural wholesome relationships.
Males are more well adjusted without inferiority complexes. American females report that men overseas seem different in that they don't have the inferiority complexes, dysfunctional personalities, and need for bragging that males in the US tend to have.
Of course, foreign countries have their downsides as well, depending on the country. Every culture has its pros and cons, so you have to consider which combination of pros and cons work best for you. The point is, as a US citizen (or first world citizen), you have OPTIONS and are not limited to only living in 1 out of 200 countries. You don't have to ignore or neglect the advantages other countries offer. Don't let patriotic pride get in the way of your happiness. For more reasons to go abroad, see the ones posted by our forum members. Next, here is a comparison chart of specific differences in an easy to read format.
America in General
People live to work. Life has no meaning without work. One is defined by their economic function.
Cost of living crazily expensive.
Women are selfish entitlement queens.
Gangsta-worshipping thug culture.
People are segregated and paranoid of each other.
Default ice barrier between strangers. Every man is an island. People are polite but distant. Lack of human connection. One feels "alone" amongst crowds.
Friendships are superficial and fleeting. People drift apart easily. Few people stick through thick and thin.
Smiles and greetings are fake, artificial and contrived.
One must always pretend that everything is going great and that one is always "having a great day", even if it's not true.
Segregated competitive vibe makes one feel fragmented, stressed, alone and insecure.
Human relationships feel artificial and superficial, mostly based on usefulness.
Meeting people restricted to cliques, school and work. The average person does not know many people and their dating choices are very limited.
Women are conditioned to despise men and look down on them as fools, predators and criminals.
Females do not want to look or act feminine. They are angry, spoiled and self-centered.
Single men outnumber single women. (Possibly due to influx of male immigrant workers) Many studies and statistics confirm this. Thus there is an imbalance which leaves a lot of men out and intensifies competition among men.
Women have too many choices and become super picky, rejecting 99 percent of their admirers. They think they are too good for everyone and have unrealistic standards.
Attractive women always unavailable. Every attractive girl you meet tells you that she's taken or not looking.
Most women are overweight. Those that aren't are considered hot and nearly unattainable, as everyone wants them. So the choices for men suck.
Dating is unnatural and a constant uphill battle. You have to have "game" or master "techniques" to try to get women, or wait forever to "get lucky".
Quality attractive single women without emotional baggage or issues are rare or unattainable.
Women have an inner resistance toward relationships with men. Their subconscious attitude repels attachment to men.
Attractive girls cannot hold a real intelligent conversation. They act like airheads and have few interests. You have to "play games" to keep their attention.
Sex and getting laid with attractive women is difficult or near impossible.
Man-hating culture induces hatred of masculinity and men to act less masculine.
Men do not feel appreciated, wanted or needed.
Niceness is not rewarded. It is seen as a weakness to trample on. Women see it as weak, needy and desperate.
Women use "nice" to describe guys they are not interested in and have nothing good to say about.
People you meet online are usually overweight and unattractive, or losers with dysfunctional personalities. Experiences are almost always negative. Attractive women use them just to enjoy the attention.
Co-workers don't usually eat together during lunch, but go their separate ways.
Healthcare costs overpriced and out of control, many are not covered.
Foods are fatty, artificial, unhealthy, and contain processed white flour. Organic foods are expensive health which only the rich can afford. Some reports say that food has been genetically modified to make us sick, insane and tense.
Going out alone makes you look like a loser to others, and you stay alone.
When you move to a new place in the US, it can take months or years (or never) just to find a few regular friends.
A man is not allowed to signal interest in a woman unless she signals her interest first, or he will come across as creepish, perverted and inappropriate.
An ever growing number of people don't bother to make time for their friends or relatives.
When you have a mental/emotional breakdown, most or all of your friends will not want to hear about it, so you have to pay a therapist or counselor, who will often prescribe antidepressants, which is unheard of in the rest of the world.
Kids do not respect their parents or each other, but mock and downplay them. They rarely see their parents after they reach adulthood.
Families are a group of people with competing self-interests. Individual needs are placed over the family. Divorce rates are very high - 50 to 60 percent!
People do not usually know their neighbors. They only politely nod or smile in passing.
If you lose everything - your job, savings, house, etc. - and hit rock bottom, no one will care about you or be there for you. You will be on your own and turn into a bum. In the US it's every man for himself. No one cares for the befallen.
Most Other Countries in General
People work to LIVE! In Europe, Latin America and Australia, people live for experiences and adventure.
Cost of living affordable or cheap.
Women are easy...going.
Centuries of amazing history.
People are more open, inclusive and connected.
Natural connectedness and instant familiarity between strangers. Social atmosphere more flowing and inclusive. One doesn't feel alone even when physically alone.
Friendships are deeper and truer, more like the kind you see in Disney movies and stories.
Smiles are genuine if people choose to show one.
One is not required to always pretend that everything is great. One is allowed to feel whatever one truly feels.
Natural vibe makes one feel at ease with themselves and others, allowing you to "be yourself".
Human relationships feel truer and more natural, based on a feeling of "shared connection"
Meeting people is not restricted to cliques, school and work. The average person knows more people and their dating prospects are wider with more choices.
Women respect and need men. They love to provide support and tenderness to their man.
Females are proud to be look, act, and dress feminine. They are sweet and affectionate.
In poorer countries, single women outnumber single men, giving men more choices and driving up competition among women, thus giving men the upper hand, keeping women less spoiled, more feminine and beautiful.
Women value good men and do not think that everyone is not good enough for them. They are more down to earth and real about themselves and others.
You can always find attractive girls around who tell you they are single and available.
Overweight women are rare. Height and weight proportionate is the norm. So you can take it for granted that the females you meet will be too.
Dating occurs naturally and mutually - meeting, flirting, expressing interest, holding hands, kissing, etc. happens naturally with the flow.
Quality attractive single women without emotional baggage or issues are common.
Women dream of and long for a man to capture their heart whom they can love, support and cherish.
Attractive girls can hold a normal intelligent conversation and are down to earth. Interacting with them feels natural. They have more interests.
Sex and getting laid with attractive women comes more naturally.
Culture and women admire and respect men and masculinity.
Men feel appreciated, wanted and needed.
Niceness from men is appreciated and rewarded. It counts and wins actual points with women.
Being nice is a quality that counts, is appreciated and reciprocated.
It is common to meet quality sincere people online, including attractive females. There is no loser stigma associated with it. Experiences are usually positive, whether there is a "love connection" or not.
Co-workers usually eat together and congregate in a spirit of camaraderie.
Healthcare costs are a fraction of what they are in the US, and either affordable or free.
Food is more natural and wholesome. Even cheap food is usually healthy and organic, the equivalent of expensive health food in the US. You don't have to go to expensive health food stores to eat healthy like you do in the US.
Going out alone is ok and it is easy to meet people in casual public places.
When you go to a new place, making new friends is immediate, natural and part of the flow of things.
A man is allowed to signal interest in a woman first and expected to pursue her, and if he does it in a good manner, he comes across as charming and flattering.
People make time for their friends, family and relatives, no matter how busy they are.
When people have problems or feel depressed, they have a close friend/relative to talk to. No one has to see a mental health professional or take antidepressants. That is unheard of and primarily an "American thing".
Kids respect their parents and each other more than their American counterparts do. They remain close to their parents into adulthood and take care of them.
Families are more harmonious and agreeable. Each member considers the family's needs, not just their own. Divorce rates are far less than in the US.
People usually know about their neighbors' lives, and invite them over for get togethers.
If you lose everything and hit rock bottom, you have a network of family and friends that will help you and care for you that you can fall back on. There is a stronger sense of interdependency than in the US.