I live in the UK but I graduate very soon and would love to work in the USA for a year but am trying to decide where I want to go.
I want somewhere fairely warm (but not essential), I was considering California or Miami but I hear that it's highly expensive to make a living there and from the impressions I get, It seems like most the people are highly materialistic and shallow (I could put it an a less offensive way but I don't mean it insulting) which has put me off.
I've been considering Chicago but I'm just going by impression, I have no idea what the people there are generally like or how it is to live. Who knows, I would love to date a girl out there if we clicked, are black women open to dating white men there?
Any recommendations and why?
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The US is very large and diverse. You need to give some idea of what you like. Also different areas are better for different types of work.
I don't know about Miami, but yea, much of California is very materialistic. I don't know about shallow though. They tend to be very ambitious there and go for the money. A lot of Californians are into the outdoors and spend the highest percentage of time doing outdoor activity than any state. It's a diverse state with big cities, but also skiing (both snow and water), fishing, hiking, camping, etc.
Florida is nice, but Miami wouldn't be my first pick. I don't like big cities and there is nothing about Miami that appeals to me. I'd go for Jacksonville, St Augustine, Ocala, or somewhere in the panhandle. Pay in Florida isn't all that great.
Dallas isn't bad for a big city. I haven't heard much recently, but it probably has a better economy than other places. There is a lot of tech companies in Dallas. It'll be hot in the summer. Also, maybe try Austin Tx.
Denver or Bolder Colorado are nice if you like mountains. Don't know about the job situation there but you can check it out.
A lot of people who have lived in Seattle really like it. It won't be as warm as further south, but much warmer than the midwest in the winter and cooler in the summer.
Phoenix is nice, but hot in the summer. Jobs don't pay very well there. But if you like the desert it's nice and has beautiful sunsets and all around color. Diverse geography within a short distance. Pretty easy to get around driving and also a good bus system.
You might try research triangle in North Carolina. That's the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill area. A lot of tech work and a few good universities.
For the Midwest maybe try Columbus Ohio. Growing and clean. One of the largest universities in the country as far as student population...with night life to go with it. Growing tech area and decent all around economy.
In the deeper south maybe look into Huntsville Alabama. Or not so deep maybe try Oklahoma City or Tulsa. OK City is not some place most Americans would think of, but if they spent a few days there they might change their mind.
I don't like big cities, but some are worse than others. I'd stay away from places like Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia and DC. I avoid NYC and LA like the plague just because of their size.2