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Re: Cost Of Living In America - Things To Consider by Amuocha: 8:49pm On Jun 08
Hadampson:


Same thing i told some white Americans in a group on facebook when he started abusing Nigeria. Nigeria might be hell on earth but they don't have the right to abuse Nigeria. If i showed you his reply, i swear you will hate USA

Language is the major reason why most Nigerians made America their number one country plus Hollywood movies.... Na wetin too much film dey cause be that grin

Well, people relocate for different reasons but please my fellow Nigerians, try to put security in the reasons why you want to relocate to a sane country smiley

Great comment

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Re: Cost Of Living In America - Things To Consider by vickyehi: 2:06am On Jun 09
AngelicBeing:
No, don't get it wrong,neither the posters above nor me are discouraging you from moving to the US or anywhere in the western world, but they are telling you the different things obtained in the western world but I will 1000 trillion times choose to be in paradise than hell, I will prefer to remain in the western world than to be in the headquarters of extreme poverty and the 6th most miserable country on earth, the choice is yours wink

Anyways I live in Canada but would be moving south. I just wanted practical experiences like the gurus in the Canadian equivalent thread give.

Most people commenting here arent permanently living in the states. Visiting a place is different from spending at least a year there.

Info am seeking are things like mortgage price, insurance, cost of living in different places, best bank for a new commer, things to do and things to avoid.

So far I haven't gotten much info. Pls contribute if you have ideas about these things in Texas, Nebraska, new Mexico , Nevada, California (page 1 gave a little more on this).

Thank you all for your contributions.
Re: Cost Of Living In America - Things To Consider by Babyvet: 2:12am On Jun 09
vickyehi:


Anyways I live in Canada but would be moving south. I just wanted practical experiences like the gurus in the Canadian equivalent thread give.

Most people commenting here arent permanently living in the states. Visiting a place is different from spending at least a year there.

Info am seeking are things like mortgage price, insurance, cost of living in different places, best bank for a new commer, things to do and things to avoid.

So far I haven't gotten much info. Pls contribute if you have ideas about these things in Texas, Nebraska, new Mexico , Nevada, California (page 1 gave a little more on this).

Thank you all for your contributions.

Please don’t expect much about this forum, a lot of people have not travelled out . Cost of living varies differently amongst states especially with those states you mentioned . As a nurse , you should look for somewhere that pay decent compared to cost of living .

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Re: Cost Of Living In America - Things To Consider by Babyvet: 2:15am On Jun 09
Nednwoko:


Hahahahaha I tell u. When I went to America I regretted Sha. Not because I didn't like the country but because I ended up staying in the most unsafe neighborhoods in America (Englewood,in Chicago). There was always a shooting/killing on the streets everyday. When I see/hear our Naija people complaining about crime in Nigeria on social media I laugh grin grin because they ain't seen anything yet. In Englewood just by looking at a black male suspiciously on the street can put ur life in danger. There was always a drive-by shooting/murder everyday....

Yikes that’s not a good place. There are some very bad neighborhoods in America. Ajegunle is safer than some places in America.
Re: Cost Of Living In America - Things To Consider by TWoods(m): 2:26am On Jun 09
Nednwoko:


Hahahahaha I tell u. When I went to America I regretted Sha. Not because I didn't like the country but because I ended up staying in the most unsafe neighborhoods in America (Englewood,in Chicago). There was always a shooting/killing on the streets everyday. When I see/hear our Naija people complaining about crime in Nigeria on social media I laugh grin grin because they ain't seen anything yet. In Englewood just by looking at a black male suspiciously on the street can put ur life in danger. There was always a drive-by shooting/murder everyday....

You simply wasted your visa. One of my rules of thumb - never live in an area that is more than 40% black. Those areas are most likely to be poor, run down, no different from living in Nigeria, poor schools, high crime rate etc. it’s unfortunate but blacks in America are no better than blacks in Nigeria.

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Re: Cost Of Living In America - Things To Consider by TWoods(m): 2:36am On Jun 09
vickyehi:


Anyways I live in Canada but would be moving south. I just wanted practical experiences like the gurus in the Canadian equivalent thread give.

Most people commenting here arent permanently living in the states. Visiting a place is different from spending at least a year there.

Info am seeking are things like mortgage price, insurance, cost of living in different places, best bank for a new commer, things to do and things to avoid.

So far I haven't gotten much info. Pls contribute if you have ideas about these things in Texas, Nebraska, new Mexico , Nevada, California (page 1 gave a little more on this).

Thank you all for your contributions.

Texas:

Cost of living is low compared to the north east. You can get an excellent 4-bedroom 3000 sq ft home for under $300k depending on where you stay. Depending on your down payment, expect your mortgage to range from $1200 to about $3000 - if you really go big on a home. Public transportation is not the best in Houston but if you’ve got a car, you’re good.

Best banks - I’m biased towards chase bank but you can also try Bank of America. For those who are new and still building credit, consider credit unions, they often are more lenient with loans and mortgages.

Things to avoid - do not drink and drive!!! Never be late on any bills, the consequences are usually worse and far reaching. Be smart about credit card use... always pay down your cards to zero every month, it is pointless paying a bank fees for using their card. Stay out of trouble...

Things to do - travel! Enjoy the beauty of the US, it’s varied culture, sites and food.

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Re: Cost Of Living In America - Things To Consider by jacksam: 2:47am On Jun 09
vickyehi:


Anyways I live in Canada but would be moving south. I just wanted practical experiences like the gurus in the Canadian equivalent thread give.

Most people commenting here arent permanently living in the states. Visiting a place is different from spending at least a year there.

Info am seeking are things like mortgage price, insurance, cost of living in different places, best bank for a new commer, things to do and things to avoid.

So far I haven't gotten much info. Pls contribute if you have ideas about these things in Texas, Nebraska, new Mexico , Nevada, California (page 1 gave a little more on this).

Thank you all for your contributions.

Well some feel the other way round, you should have a good reason for moving south. It's always good to pay a visit. Why not travel down and have a feel
Re: Cost Of Living In America - Things To Consider by vickyehi: 3:27am On Jun 09
jacksam:


Well some feel the other way round, you should have a good reason for moving south. It's always good to pay a visit. Why not travel down and have a feel

Reason is just for work.
I visited but not these cities. I visited new York and went to queens, Brooklyn newyork and Binghamton.

Way too many blacks(I was almost feeling racist for counting black people cheesy cheesy) in Brooklyn and Queens. Things I noticed were that people were generally less trusting and accommodating.

1st experience in queens , a lady went into an eatery to ask them for their washroom and they refused to allow her use it. That wont happen In my friendly manitoba.

My friend was surprised that superstore in canada gave me a dollar to put in my cart without any hassle. Meanwhile while in Binghamton (which has more whites because it's a small city), I bought stuff from Walmart and paid cash and the cashier girl was busy staring at the 50 dollar bill and me like we were from Mars. Smh.....naija girl like me , I stared right back at her........mtcheww angry grin grin

So generally I haven't liked the feel from the few places I went but Canada get their own crase (professionally) so I wan separate from them ist before i know if i go file for divorce cheesy cheesy cheesy
Re: Cost Of Living In America - Things To Consider by jacksam: 3:48am On Jun 09
vickyehi:


Reason is just for work.
I visited but not these cities. I visited new York and went to queens, Brooklyn newyork and Binghamton.

Way too many blacks(I was almost feeling racist for counting black people cheesy cheesy) in Brooklyn and Queens. Things I noticed were that people were generally less trusting and accommodating.

1st experience in queens , a lady went into an eatery to ask them for their washroom and they refused to allow her use it. That wont happen In my friendly manitoba.

My friend was surprised that superstore in canada gave me a dollar to put in my cart without any hassle. Meanwhile while in Binghamton (which has more whites because it's a small city), I bought stuff from Walmart and paid cash and the cashier girl was busy staring at the 50 dollar bill and me like we were from Mars. Smh.....naija girl like me , I stared right back at her........mtcheww angry grin grin

So generally I haven't liked the feel from the few places I went but Canada get their own crase (professionally) so I wan separate from them ist before i know if i go file for divorce cheesy cheesy cheesy

As you are aware, the US is very diverse in all aspects of life.

Individuals have different preferences in choosing a city/state to live. While some prefer lower cost cities, others go for white neighborhoods, proximity to family, employment opportunities, weather, safety, traffic and even taxes.
Someone said that you are a Nurse, if that is right........I would prefer to apply as a travel Nurse, that would give you the opportunity to travel to different states/cities.....you get first hand experience of those places and can later decide where to settle down.

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Re: Cost Of Living In America - Things To Consider by Babyvet: 4:37am On Jun 09
jacksam:


As you are aware, the US is very diverse in all aspects of life.

Individuals have different preferences in choosing a city/state to live. While some prefer lower cost cities, others go for white neighborhoods, proximity to family, employment opportunities, weather, safety, traffic and even taxes.
Someone said that you are a Nurse, if that is right........I would prefer to apply as a travel Nurse, that would give you the opportunity to travel to different states/cities.....you get first hand experience of those places and can later decide where to settle down.

Travel nursing requires acute experience .
Re: Cost Of Living In America - Things To Consider by Babyvet: 4:39am On Jun 09
vickyehi:


Reason is just for work.
I visited but not these cities. I visited new York and went to queens, Brooklyn newyork and Binghamton.

Way too many blacks(I was almost feeling racist for counting black people cheesy cheesy) in Brooklyn and Queens. Things I noticed were that people were generally less trusting and accommodating.

1st experience in queens , a lady went into an eatery to ask them for their washroom and they refused to allow her use it. That wont happen In my friendly manitoba.

My friend was surprised that superstore in canada gave me a dollar to put in my cart without any hassle. Meanwhile while in Binghamton (which has more whites because it's a small city), I bought stuff from Walmart and paid cash and the cashier girl was busy staring at the 50 dollar bill and me like we were from Mars. Smh.....naija girl like me , I stared right back at her........mtcheww angry grin grin

So generally I haven't liked the feel from the few places I went but Canada get their own crase (professionally) so I wan separate from them ist before i know if i go file for divorce cheesy cheesy cheesy

Aren’t there nursing opportunities in Canada? The pay on the south is not good for nursing ( yes the cost of living may be lower but still) plus as a black person, it may probably not the best place to move too.
Re: Cost Of Living In America - Things To Consider by vickyehi: 5:11am On Jun 09
jacksam:


As you are aware, the US is very diverse in all aspects of life.

Individuals have different preferences in choosing a city/state to live. While some prefer lower cost cities, others go for white neighborhoods, proximity to family, employment opportunities, weather, safety, traffic and even taxes.
Someone said that you are a Nurse, if that is right........I would prefer to apply as a travel Nurse, that would give you the opportunity to travel to different states/cities.....you get first hand experience of those places and can later decide where to settle down.
Well said.!....Gracias

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Re: Cost Of Living In America - Things To Consider by vickyehi: 5:12am On Jun 09
Babyvet:


Travel nursing requires acute experience .
True but I guess with time it would all take shape.
Re: Cost Of Living In America - Things To Consider by Babyvet: 5:16am On Jun 09
vickyehi:

True but I guess with time it would all take shape.

Travel nursing does not pay good anymore , if you have family and needs benefits then forget about travel nursing. Which place to move too would highly depend on several factors like your residency status in the us( do you require job sponsorship), whether you have school aged children etc .
Re: Cost Of Living In America - Things To Consider by vickyehi: 5:19am On Jun 09
Babyvet:


Aren’t there nursing opportunities in Canada? The pay on the south is not good for nursing ( yes the cost of living may be lower but still) plus as a black person, it may probably not the best place to move too.

There are nursing opportunities in Canada but sadly their licensing process for international nurses is cumbersome.

The states pays more than Canada for nurses generally and you have a much broader scope of professional development and specialized fields with a shorter and more flexible(expensive sha) education. Difference is that the pay isn't structured nationwide in the states. So while nurse A is earning 23per hour as a new grad, nurse B in the same state is earning 27 or 30.

Yea the racism is a big thing against blacks in the states but am not too worried about that. My reason is that there is a point tou grow and develop your skills to that NOBODY can deny your expertise.

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Re: Cost Of Living In America - Things To Consider by vickyehi: 5:23am On Jun 09
Babyvet:


Travel nursing does not pay good anymore , if you have family and needs benefits then forget about travel nursing. Which place to move too would highly depend on several factors like your residency status in the us( do you require job sponsorship), whether you have school aged children etc .

Hmm...thanks a lot.
Hopefully I would be a PR before landing and I have no kids(na only me waka come grin grin).
So I can parambulate small
Re: Cost Of Living In America - Things To Consider by Babyvet: 5:27am On Jun 09
vickyehi:


Hmm...thanks a lot.
Hopefully I would be a PR before landing and I have no kids(na only me waka come grin grin)

Well if you have PR ( is somebody you?) then you can really go anywhere . Then your pretty much free , Texas is good place . Lots of foreign nurses and the BON is not too bad. California is also good but getting license can take long especially if you are foreign and it’s expensive .
Re: Cost Of Living In America - Things To Consider by vickyehi: 3:58pm On Jun 11
Babyvet:


Well if you have PR ( is somebody you?) then you can really go anywhere . Then your pretty much free , Texas is good place . Lots of foreign nurses and the BON is not too bad. California is also good but getting license can take long especially if you are foreign and it’s expensive .

Thanks
Re: Cost Of Living In America - Things To Consider by Beautyaddy: 5:05pm On Jun 11
vickyehi:


Anyways I live in Canada but would be moving south. I just wanted practical experiences like the gurus in the Canadian equivalent thread give.

Most people commenting here arent permanently living in the states. Visiting a place is different from spending at least a year there.

Info am seeking are things like mortgage price, insurance, cost of living in different places, best bank for a new commer, things to do and things to avoid.

So far I haven't gotten much info. Pls contribute if you have ideas about these things in Texas, Nebraska, new Mexico , Nevada, California (page 1 gave a little more on this).

Thank you all for your contributions.

lol!....Didn't you just move to Canada last year?

Anyway, so far Texas is one of those States in the US where the pay for RN's is very good and the cost of living is relatively cheap. So you'll get more with your earning as an RN as well as enjoy with the cost of living expenses.

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Re: Cost Of Living In America - Things To Consider by salford: 6:26pm On Jun 11
TWoods:


Texas:

Cost of living is low compared to the north east. You can get an excellent 4-bedroom 3000 sq ft home for under $300k depending on where you stay. Depending on your down payment, expect your mortgage to range from $1200 to about $3000 - if you really go big on a home.
wow. 300k USD is like 398k Canadian dollars. A house that huge will be sold for around 850k to 1million Canadian dollars (640k to 753k USD) in the Texas of the North (Alberta).

My cousins in Atlanta have been putting pressure on me to move to Atlanta using a TN visa. My profession and that of my wife also pays more in the states than the true north. It's very tempting to move south.

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Re: Cost Of Living In America - Things To Consider by salford: 7:18pm On Jun 11
Babyvet:


Aren’t there nursing opportunities in Canada? The pay on the south is not good for nursing ( yes the cost of living may be lower but still) plus as a black person, it may probably not the best place to move too.
Nurses opportunities are not so much in Canada. i know some nurses in Calgary that have to work like 3 places to get a total of 40hrs per week. I dont know what the pay is like in US for nurses, but in Calgary, starting pay for nurses in Alberta health service is like $36 Cad per hour which is like $27 USD and they kind of cap in the mid $40 Cad. The wages could be worse in a bigger city like Toronto.
However if nurses can move to smaller towns, they might get better hours and work life balance. There are lots of Canadian nurses working in the state due to better pay and more oportunities for specialization.

when trump was causing trouble about two years ago.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.cbc.ca/amp/1.4026554


One of my previous landlady is a nurse practitioner that travels to Indian reserves in northern Alberta to work. I once saw her payslip and she doesn't make up to 100k a year (salary plus OT). She has like 30 years of experience. She also worked in the US for 15 years. I expected her to be making more but oh well.

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Re: Cost Of Living In America - Things To Consider by Beautyaddy: 7:34pm On Jun 11
salford:

Nurses opportunities are not so much in Canada. i know some nurses in Calgary that have to work like 3 places to get a total of 40hrs per week. I dont know what the pay is like in US for nurses, but in Calgary, starting pay for nurses in Alberta health service is like $36 Cad per hour which is like $27 USD and they kind of cap in the mid $40 Cad. The wages could be worse in a bigger city like Toronto.
However if nurses can move to smaller towns, they might get better hours and work life balance. There are lots of Canadian nurses working in the state due to better pay and more oportunities for specialization.

One of my previous landlady is a nurse practitioner that travels to Indian reserves in northern Alberta to work. I once saw her payslip and she doesn't make up to 100k a year (salary plus OT). She has like 30 years of experience. She also worked in the US for 15 years. I expected her to be making more but oh well.

Yes, that's about the same average rate for RN's too in the US.

However, NP in specialties fields tends to make more in the US...more like in the 100k and above and increase as their years of experience increases.
Re: Cost Of Living In America - Things To Consider by deolivette: 7:23am On Jun 12
TWoods:


You simply wasted your visa. One of my rules of thumb - never live in an area that is more than 40% black. Those areas are most likely to be poor, run down, no different from living in Nigeria, poor schools, high crime rate etc. it’s unfortunate but blacks in America are no better than blacks in Nigeria.

American blacks are worse than Nigerians. They are mostly damaged folks with lots of emotional issues. Half the women grew up with drug addict moms and their fathers are away in prison. I dated a teacher who was selling crack to her students and she almost destroyed my life when she knew I worked too job and kept some money away from her. I’m glad she’s doing time in prison now, useless woman.

And for the guy trying to relocate to America, do your research properly and try avoid California. You are better off in Oklahoma, Texas, or Oregon. These states are diverse and have a lot of work for mixed races. California is good but it’s competing with NY when it comes to expensiveness. Or you will end up spending all your funds on rent and gas to move around. And too many crack head with guns in their back pack.
Nevertheless, America is one of the best place to live once you become established. There are gated communities in California with the best houses and most decent and educated folks around. America is just too many countries in one country. Some neighborhood are worse than your Ajegunle while some will make Lekki and Dubai look like glorified slum. God bless America and Niaja

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Re: Cost Of Living In America - Things To Consider by Lionessza6: 7:30am On Jun 12
KendrickAyomide:
Never make the mistake of living with uneducated black folks. Better live in an all white Neighborhood, even if it's expensive at least cost is nothing compared to your safety. I never go America before o. But bros From wetin i they see America sweet. But it all depends on where you go and what you like

Would you live among uneducated white people?.

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Re: Cost Of Living In America - Things To Consider by deolivette: 7:33am On Jun 12
salford:

Nurses opportunities are not so much in Canada. i know some nurses in Calgary that have to work like 3 places to get a total of 40hrs per week. I dont know what the pay is like in US for nurses, but in Calgary, starting pay for nurses in Alberta health service is like $36 Cad per hour which is like $27 USD and they kind of cap in the mid $40 Cad. The wages could be worse in a bigger city like Toronto.
However if nurses can move to smaller towns, they might get better hours and work life balance. There are lots of Canadian nurses working in the state due to better pay and more oportunities for specialization.

when trump was causing trouble about two years ago.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.cbc.ca/amp/1.4026554


One of my previous landlady is a nurse practitioner that travels to Indian reserves in northern Alberta to work. I once saw her payslip and she doesn't make up to 100k a year (salary plus OT). She has like 30 years of experience. She also worked in the US for 15 years. I expected her to be making more but oh well.

Canada isn’t really a rich country, the real money is in the us. Health care is a gold mine in the us, especially in states like Texas and California. Guess that’s why they just want the health care reform bill killed and Trump is making sure it dies. How can I get a bill of $12,000 from my primary and secondary health insurance for a common health challenge that you will only treat with just 5k in Nigeria. Truth is, if I’d done my research I’d have rather study medicine before ever traveling to the us instead of going into education. I know a Nigerian lady who is a surgeon and she earns $300k yearly, although she’s still paying off her student loan.
Re: Cost Of Living In America - Things To Consider by KendrickAyomide: 7:34am On Jun 12
Lionessza6:


Would you live among uneducated white people?.
why not? I have lesser chances of being Shot
Re: Cost Of Living In America - Things To Consider by Lionessza6: 7:45am On Jun 12
KendrickAyomide:
why not? I have lesser chances of being Shot

Lesser chances of being shot ?. The uneducated whites won't hunt your black arse down for trying to " dilute " their " good " neighbourhood ?. How can you have a peace of mind around people who will attack you with little or no provocation because of your skin colour ?. Does that nothave the same effect as being around gangbangers?

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Re: Cost Of Living In America - Things To Consider by Babyvet: 5:24pm On Jun 12
salford:

Nurses opportunities are not so much in Canada. i know some nurses in Calgary that have to work like 3 places to get a total of 40hrs per week. I dont know what the pay is like in US for nurses, but in Calgary, starting pay for nurses in Alberta health service is like $36 Cad per hour which is like $27 USD and they kind of cap in the mid $40 Cad. The wages could be worse in a bigger city like Toronto.
However if nurses can move to smaller towns, they might get better hours and work life balance. There are lots of Canadian nurses working in the state due to better pay and more oportunities for specialization.

when trump was causing trouble about two years ago.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.cbc.ca/amp/1.4026554


One of my previous landlady is a nurse practitioner that travels to Indian reserves in northern Alberta to work. I once saw her payslip and she doesn't make up to 100k a year (salary plus OT). She has like 30 years of experience. She also worked in the US for 15 years. I expected her to be making more but oh well.

Good to know, in the US, licensing is less restrictive .We all have something called compact license which is multi - state licensure . It’s allows for nurses to practice in certain states without applying for a new license.
Re: Cost Of Living In America - Things To Consider by Beautyaddy: 5:34pm On Jun 12
Babyvet:


Good to know, in the US, licensing is less restrictive .We all have something called compact license which is multi - state licensure . It’s allows for nurses to practice in certain states without applying for a new license.

So true! cool
Re: Cost Of Living In America - Things To Consider by iaatmguy(m): 6:35pm On Jun 12
salford:

wow. 300k USD is like 398k Canadian dollars. A house that huge will be sold for around 850k to 1million Canadian dollars (640k to 753k USD) in the Texas of the North (Alberta).

My cousins in Atlanta have been putting pressure on me to move to Atlanta using a TN visa. My profession and that of my wife also pays more in the states than the true north. It's very tempting to move south.
America has become a volatile area, also healthcare is at a cut-throat price. you can almost "cut" the racism in the air, in yankee, compared to Ca.
Re: Cost Of Living In America - Things To Consider by iaatmguy(m): 6:42pm On Jun 12
salford:

wow. 300k USD is like 398k Canadian dollars. A house that huge will be sold for around 850k to 1million Canadian dollars (640k to 753k USD) in the Texas of the North (Alberta).

My cousins in Atlanta have been putting pressure on me to move to Atlanta using a TN visa. My profession and that of my wife also pays more in the states than the true north. It's very tempting to move south.
America has become a volatile area no one knows where the next sick person would strike, also healthcare is at a cut-throat price. you can almost "cut" the racism in the air, in yankee, compared to Ca.

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