Cardholders Login:

2019 Best Countries for American Expats to Live

2019 Best Countries for American Expats to Live
2019 Best Countries for American Expats to Live

2019 Best Countries for American Expats to Live

Think you’re ready to become an expat? Whether you want to live outside the United States for a temporary freelance gig or the foreseeable future, you’ll want to pick a destination that suits your interests and needs. Here is a list of the best countries for expats to live in 2019. We chose these countries because of their outstanding ranks in:

  1. High quality of life
  2. Lower cost of living
  3. Satisfaction from current expats

Bahrain - 2019 Best Countries for American Expats to Live

1. Bahrain for the Largest Expat Community

Bahrain has remained one of the best countries for expats to live for several, consecutive years. Currently, the expat population outnumbers the locals.

  • Quality of life: High, due to a great economy and increasing job market
  • Cost of living: 20.34% lower than in the U.S.
  • Official language: Arabic, though English is prevalent
  • Major industries: Petroleum, Banking

** Fun fact: Known as the most liberal Middle Eastern Country, yet Bahrain citizens lean conservative. **

Best Perks for Expats:

✅ No personal taxes on monthly income

✅ High salaries

✅ Expats constitute 70% of the workforce

Top Challenges for Expats:

❓ Healthcare availability

❓ Full-time work requires a sponsoring employer

Travel information on Bahrain:

  • Travel Advisory Level: 1 – Exercise normal precautions
  • Visa Required: Yes
  • U.S. Embassy: Zinj District, Manama

Costa Rica - 2019 Best Countries for American Expats to Live

2. Costa Rica for a Relaxed Culture

Locals operate on a spirit of pura vida, or pure life. This slow-paced life makes Costa Rica one of the best countries for American expats to unplug and relax.

  • Quality of life: High, due to a temperate climate and low cost of living
  • Cost of living: 27.32% less than the U.S.
  • Official language: Spanish, but tourism makes English commonly spoken
  • Major industries: Tourism, Agriculture

** Fun fact: Costa Rica abolished its military in 1948, and they haven’t had one since then. **

Best Perks for Expats:

✅ Laid back culture

✅ Low cost, high-quality healthcare

✅ Warm, temperate climate

Top Challenges for Expats:

❓ Increasing crime rates, typically at night

❓ High taxes on imported goods

❓ High costs for vehicle ownership and gas prices

Travel information on Costa Rica:

  • Travel Advisory Level: 1 – Exercise normal precautions
  • Visa Required: Yes, if more than 90 days
  • U.S. Embassy: Pavas, San José

New Zealand - 2019 Best Countries for American Expats to Live

3. New Zealand for Welcoming Locals

New Zealand is an island paradise filled with natural wonders. Friendly Kiwis value expats and welcome diversity, making this one of the safest and best countries for American expats.

  • Quality of life: Very High, due to beautiful climates and landscapes
  • Cost of living: 7.17% higher than in the U.S.
  • Official language: English, Māori, and New Zealand Sign Language
  • Major industries: Agriculture, Finance, Tourism, Manufacture

** Fun fact: The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies were filmed in New Zealand. **

Best Perks for Expats:

✅ Magical surroundings with incredible weather

✅ Extremely easy integration

✅ Uncrowded and peaceful environment

Top Challenges for Expats:

❓ Higher rent costs

❓ Limited public transportation

❓ Expensive airfare to leave the country

Travel information on New Zealand:

  • Travel Advisory Level: 1 – Exercise normal precautions
  • Visa Required: Yes, if more than three months
  • U.S. Embassy: Auckland

Canada - 2019 Best Countries for American Expats to Live

4. Canada for Cultural Diversity

The second largest country in the world, Canada features acres of untapped wilderness. With safe, welcoming arms for expats and immigrants alike, Canada continues to top the list of best places for expats to reside.

  • Quality of life: Very high, due to cultural acceptance and economic stability
  • Cost of living: 7.00% lower than in the U.S.
  • Official language: English and French
  • Major industries: Automotive, Energy Sourcing, Mining, Fishing

** Fun fact: Santa sets up shop in Canda. You can write him letters at HO HO HO, North Pole, Canada. **

Best Perks for Expats:

✅ Need for skilled professionals

✅ Reliable, accessible transportation

✅ High-quality and affordable healthcare

✅ Safe and educational environment

Top Challenges for Expats:

❓ High taxes and shipping costs

❓ Small selection of consumer goods

❓ Harsh winters in northern regions

Travel information on Canada:

  • Travel Advisory Level: 1 – Exercise normal precautions
  • Visa Required: Yes, if over 180 days
  • U.S. Embassy: Ottawa, Ontario

Taiwan - 2019 Best Countries for American Expats to Live

5. Taiwan for Cultural Immersion

Taiwan possesses a rich heritage that upholds a traditional yet highly modern society. If cultural immersion is your motivation to live overseas, Taiwan ranks as one of the best countries for American expats.

  • Quality of life: High, due to temperate climates and national safety
  • Cost of living: 14.31% lower than in the U.S.
  • Official language: Mandarin
  • Major industries: Electronics, Petroleum, Textiles, Steel

** Fun fact: Taiwan, also called the Butterfly Kingdom, is home to over 400 butterfly species. **

Best Perks for Expats:

✅ Healthy lifestyle & affordable healthcare

✅ Very safe country

✅ High job satisfaction

Top Challenges for Expats:

❓ Language barrier

❓ Cultural etiquette

❓ Prone to earthquakes and typhoons

Travel information on Taiwan:

  • Travel Advisory Level: 1 – Exercise normal precautions
  • Visa Required: Yes, if over 90 days
  • U.S. Embassy: Taipei

Portugal - 2019 Best Countries for American Expats to Live

6. Portugal for Family Life

Portugal offers affordable childcare, quality education, and national safety, making it one of the best countries for expats to raise a family.

  • Quality of life: Very high, due to overall safety and opportunities for child rearing
  • Cost of living: 28.28% lower than in the U.S.
  • Official language: Portuguese and Mirandese
  • Major industries: Machinery, Electronics, Automotive, Ship Building

** Fun fact: Bertrand bookstore, the oldest bookstore in the world, is located in Portugal. **

Best Perks for Expats:

✅ Homey atmosphere with friendly locals

✅ Equal job opportunities for women

✅ Very safe country

Top Challenges for Expats:

❓ Lower salaries

❓ Bleak career prospects

❓ High property taxes

Travel information on Portugal:

  • Travel Advisory Level: 1 – Exercise normal precautions
  • Visa Required: Yes, if over 90 days
  • U.S. Embassy: Lisbon

Want to compare the numbers for the cost of living in these areas? Curious to read advice from current expats living in these destinations? Here are some incredible, free resources for you:

If you’re leaving the country for more than six months, make sure you get travel insurance. Our 365 Plan will insure you for an entire year!

Skylar loves to write. She's cruised the Caribbean, sailed the Mediterranean, and toured the United States. Disney inspires her, and she dreams of living in the mountains.

0 Comments

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

*Coverage cannot be guaranteed through any blog post. To view your coverage, please refer to your policy documents or contact us.