3 Reasons expats love New York City

New York City ranked as one of the best cities for expats to live and work in 2021, according to the latest report from InterNations. As the only US city listed among the top contenders, more than 12,000 survey respondents said they were happy with their job and career prospects, and felt it’s easy to get settled, make friends and overcome language barriers.

If living in New York City appeals to you, as it does for over 63% of expats who say they’re happy with their life in general, you may relate to the top three reasons New Yorkers love The Big Apple.

Career prospects

Many believe if you can make it in New York City, you can make it anywhere. The hustle, the energy and the entrepreneurialism of bullish New Yorkers is admirable. High living costs mean that business people in this city are driven to work hard. New York City is a global hub of business and commerce, as well as a centre for banking and finance, retailing, world trade, media, fashion, the arts and so much more.

The opportunities for networking and connecting with successful execs while living and working in New York are invaluable. One out of ten private sector jobs is with a foreign company and the city prides itself on its large number of multinational corporations. It is also home to 65 Fortune 500 companies, second only to Tokyo.

Big city life

New York City has many nicknames but perhaps the most fitting is its moniker as The City That Never Sleeps. New Yorkers play as hard as they work, making up for those long hours spent in the skyscrapers of Manhattan. The InterNations report found that incoming New Yorkers enjoy what the city has to offer, with 84% saying they’re happy with their local leisure options.

There’s certainly always something to do on the diverse social scene, whether it’s catching a Broadway show, enjoying live music, boutique shopping, visiting the numerous world-famous cultural institutions and art museums, a cruise on Hudson River or a stroll in one of the city’s many parks.


It’s not unusual to think of New York City as unsafe. You’d be forgiven for writing it off as a dangerous place to be after dark. In reality, relative to its size, this city is considered one of the top five safest large cities in the United States. In fact, New York City came out ahead of several other popular global cities, including Paris, Rome and Washington D.C. So, if you’re comfortable picking out baguettes and macarons in Paris, you’ll be fine queuing for hot dogs and pretzels in Manhattan.

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