Where to immigrate to the US? Comfortable Pacific coast.
The western region covers almost half of the country. Conditionally it is divided into two areas – the US West Coast and the Mountain States. Let’s talk about the Pacific coast, where the states of California, Oregon and Washington are located. It is here that migrants seek to enter: a developed economy, a pleasant climate, world-famous tourist centers, kind people – even Americans agree that west coast is the best coast. Pacific Ocean, rainforests, the Rocky Mountains, the plains, the Valley of Death – this region is famous for its geographical diversity. And the states on this coast have been voting for Democrats in the presidential elections for more than twenty years, and otherwise behave democratically in everything else: in particular they treat immigrants well.
Every visitor to the United States is looking for his place under the sun, but it so happens that more sun is in California. And not only the sun: the warm ocean (after all, the Pacific is actually warmer than the Atlantic), deserts, mountains and redwoods, and the heat here is tolerated more easily than in Florida, because of the dry air.
A dream California made Hollywood films, idealizing Los Angeles and San Francisco. That’s why people from all over the world want to come here, but mostly Latin Americans come – they are just the closest to them. Migrants are used to this, so you can always find compatriots and like-minded people, and to any culture here are adequately and tolerant.
If you judge the state as a whole, without considering individual cities, then the most uncomfortable district is the San Francisco Bay area. In the city itself is not the most pleasant climate and high prices, and in Bay Era there live only programmers, and if you do not relate yourself to IT people, finding a job there will be quite difficult. North of, for example, in Sacramento, prices are lower, but it’s colder there. The ocean begins to warm south of Santa Barbara. Of course, in the south of the state, in Los Angeles, San Diego and the surrounding area, there are more Mexicans, but also more chances to find a job and not to give all the rent for rent.
To be fair, it should be noted that many Californians and newcomers are increasingly eager to leave the state. Irritation from overpopulation of large cities, high prices and other subjective disadvantages (dirty streets and roads, old houses) gradually replaces the euphoria from the beautiful climate and the variety of fruits. Therefore, there is an outflow of people to neighboring states, mainly – to Texas. The representatives of the middle and lower classes leave, who, first of all, do not like the prices for housing.
North of California is Oregon. It is colder than the “golden state”, but warmer than Washington. Latin Americans here are less than in the south, but more than in the north. In general, as the American comedian John Stewart said, Oregon for California is Canada, for Washington – Mexico, and for Idaho – Portugal. It is believed that in Oregon the greatest diversity of ecosystems: mountains, volcanoes, rain forests, coast, fertile valleys. Part of the territory of the state is volcanically and seismically active. Of the sights – the pride of the Oregonians, the deepest in the United States Lake Craatter, formed in the crater of a volcano.
Russian in Oregon is quite a lot, only in the Portland area – about 100 thousand. Interestingly, about 30 years ago, about six thousand Old Believers emigrated to Oregon, living side by side with Americans and Mexicans, respecting their ancient traditions. Of course, and jeans do not shun. “In general, the Russians in Oregon live apart and from their holes almost do not get out. “All the local people ask me whether I am here for a long time, they are mistaken for a tourist”, says Sasha Shashkova, who several years ago moved to Portland. “But they communicate always very kindly: the people of Oregon are mostly Democrats, and they try to treat emigrants as equals. There is no discrimination at work, and if there is, then more often in relation to Mexicans than to Russian or other migrants.
Portland is a large metropolis, but its outskirts (Portland Area) are like a village. Naturally, not Russian, but American, with private houses and gypsum dwarfs on green lawns. In such places family people like to settle, life there is calm, the air is clean. Rental housing is relatively cheap, the climate is relatively mild, and the infrastructure is relatively developed. All this is relative to other states, which was perfectly expressed by the comedian Stewart.
You can work in Oregon, for example, in a high-tech company or one of the headquarters of market giants, such as Columbia Sportswear or Nike. But a considerable territory is occupied by fertile plains where local farmers grow vegetables and fruits. Portland is notable for the fact that low-paid jobs (taxi driver, waiter, handyman) are worked by local residents who compete with migrants in this area. So in Oregon it is better to go by a formed specialist, not expecting to get into the service sphere for the first time.
Most of all white – more than 70% – in the most northern state of the American coast of the Pacific Ocean, Washington. This state is famous for its forests, which cover almost the whole of its area, and is even called “evergreen”. Around it is built and its economy: the state is the leader of the timber industry. He also earns on agriculture, railway and aircraft industries. But do not think that in Washington there are some lumberjacks and foresters: last year, Bloomberg Ranking researchers recognized the state as the most “innovative” (in terms of the number of scientists, in terms of productivity growth, the number of technical enterprises and other criteria). In this ranking, he outstripped even California, which took second place. By the way, it is in Washington that Microsoft headquarters is located, so IT specialists are also appreciated here.
The largest city is Seattle, in its area lives up to 60% of the population of the state. This is one of the safest cities in the country. The working places of the townspeople are provided by the port, large corporations and medical institutions. And cultural and sports entertainment and a mild maritime climate attract emigrants even in spite of high prices for rent. By the way, it is believed that, in relation to the local population, there are disproportionately many Russians and Ukrainians here: representatives of all three waves of Soviet emigration came here, and the flow resumed after the collapse of the USSR in the 90s. So in the west of the state formed a large Russian community.
Whom there is expensive.
Although almost everybody wants to go to the west coast, this makes sense not for many. Look for an apartment or a house on west caust, if you are a programmer, an IT specialist or a professional in some related field. In this case, you can earn enough to carelessly enjoy the local weather, food and sun. If it’s not about you, then you can settle in a small town and from there go to work in megacities, or find a calling on a local farm.
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Where to immigrate to the US? Comfortable Pacific coast.