Winning a green card lottery and being invited to live and work in the USA are a dream come true for many. But perhaps what many people do not consider when moving to the US is the cost of living. In most renowned US cities the cost of living is out of reach for many immigrants. It then follows that before moving to the US, you should choose carefully where you want to live. This is in a bid to avoid being in shortage of cash very fast within your first few months stay in the USA.
Top American Cities in terms of average income:
The following is a list showing the top American cities in terms of average income. Such cities would be comfortable for most immigrants looking to start life in the US. They include:
· Idaho Falls, Idaho: With a population of about 57,600 the cost of living in this city is estimated to be about 12 percent below the average across the US. Residents of Idaho can have big vies on small budgets given the fact that the Teton Range in the eastern part costs about 29.2 percent less than the national average. The low cost of living in this area is attributed to affordable housing in the sense that homeowners actually reap benefits from cheap real estate prices while the renters enjoy panoramic view for much less compared to their counterparts in other cities.
· Conway, Ark: This city has a population of about 60,470 with the cost of living being at 12.1 percent below the national average, despite its close proximity to Little Rock. It is located between Arkansas River and the Conway. In this city everything is quite affordable ranging from health care to housing utilities. Statistics have it that a visit to a doctor in Conway will cost you 17 percent less, to the dentist it will cost you 23 percent less, to the optometrist will cost about 19 percent less than the national average.
· Springfield, Ill: The city has a population of about 117,076 with a living cost of about 12.3 percent below the national average. Housing costs about 39 percent lower than the national median: one can buy a good house in Springfield at a cost less than what he/she would have bought it in Chicago for. Other utility costs such as phone and electricity services fall to about 15.2 percent below the national average.
· Pueblo, Colorado: It is estimated that the cost of living in this city is about 12.9 percent lower than the national average. It has a population of about 107,577. You would spend buying a median house in Pueblo about half as much as you would have spent buying a house in other cities. The cost of buying a house in Pueblo is at 34 percent lower than at the national levels. However, the share of population living under the poverty line is at 22 percent which actually doubles that of Colorado’s poverty rate.
· Wichita Falls, Texas: This city has a population of about 103,931 with the cost of living being at 13.6 percent. The top employer for most residents in Wichita is the Sheppard Air Force Base: it is the major contributor to the regional development and economy. The income levels are relative to the city’s living expenses, and the unemployment rate is quite low.