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U.S. disappoints with world ranking again, rated 47th best place to live...out of 64

2019-09-07

The red, white and blue fared poorly in the survey. (Getty Images)

Make America...lose again?

For the second year in a row, expats rank the United States as the 47th best place to live...out of just 64 countries, according to a new survey from InterNations’ Expat Insider. Last year, the U.S. placed 47 out of 68 countries.

Much of America’s disappointing ranking is linked to health care — as it was ranked “the most expensive country for expat health" — while the high costs of living and child care also play a role.

Things are comparably bleak for Quality of Life, where the U.S. came in at 44, behind Poland, Bulgaria, Mexico (which expats love “despite feeling unsafe”) and Costa Rica. Portugal topped the list here. The U.S. was ranked 46 out of 64 for Cost of Living.

In fact, in the Family Life category, the U.S. remains low on the list for Quality of Education, coming in at 29 out of 36 countries.

Although the Land of the Free avoided both the top and bottom 10 rankings for Relationships and Romance, the country’s highest ranking in the assessed indexes is “a poor 32nd place out of 36” for Family Life.

In that index, America’s biggest achievement is a 25th place ranking for Family Well-Being.

Within those indexes, the U.S. does manage to come in at 7 for Digital Life (90% of the country is “happy with high-speed internet access”) and 14 for Career Prospects & Satisfaction.

For 2019, Expat Insider surveyed 20,259 people of 182 nationalities who hail from 187 countries or territories. While the majority of the participants, the outlet notes, live in Germany, the U.S., the U.K., the United Arab Emirates or Switzerland.