14 Countries With the Most American Expats

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Data suggested in 2020, Mexico is the country that has the most expatriates from America. Keep reading to see other countries.

Before moving overseas, I had difficulty finding somewhere to live. Though I didn’t choose to live in any of the countries on this list, knowing other places with more Americans helped a bit.

When reading this post, you’ll learn about the countries with the most American expats and each country’s immigration policies. Afterward, you may have a better idea of where you want to go if you consider moving overseas.

Let’s fire away.

Top 14 Countries With Most American Expats

Over 8.7 million Americans (excl. military) live outside the United States [1].

This chart won’t include U.S. military personnel. And no sources specify whether they have citizens from unincorporated territories like Guam and Puerto Rico.

Since governments collect information on immigration in various ways, there’s no way to find solid numbers regarding the number of American immigrants in each country.

When describing each country, I will mainly discuss factors that make them appealing to Americans and whether they accept dual citizenship. Some countries may not collect data on an American’s place of birth, but only on their citizenship.

Here are the countries with the most Americans [2 2020 link, 3]:

CountryNumber of Americans (EST.)
Mexico799,000
Canada273,000
United Kingdom171,000
Germany153,000
Hong Kong85,000
Australia117,000
Israel77,000
South Korea68,000
France62,000
Japan58,000
Spain57,000
Italy54,000
Philippines38,000
New Zealand36,000
Top 14 countries with the most American expats.

I pulled all internet download speeds from Speedtest.net [4]. Population, average living cost, percentage of people who speak English, and visa-free entry duration came from varying sources.

This information can change at a moment’s notice. If you use the following facts to determine whether you switch to “X” country, ensure you research whether the data’s updated.

Information regarding WHY people moved to “X” country came from various forums. Check with multiple forums before moving to inquire why people moved there. Also, ask how it compares to living in the United States of America. 

1. Mexico

# Of Country That Speaks English (Conversational)10%
Dual Citizenship?Yes
Total Population130 million
Avg. Internet Speed (Broadband)20 Mbps
Avg. Living Cost$600–$2,000/mo.
Digital Nomad Visa?No
Visa-Free Entry For Americans?Yes (up to 180 days)

Internet speeds will vary by region, broadband connection type, and a million other factors. Average living costs will depend on spending habits, housing type, and city you choose.

Mexico has a more affordable cost of living and healthcare. It’s close to the border. Some Americans could commute to work in the U.S. and not live paycheck to paycheck in the States.

Research suggests retired folks also love living close to the beaches in Mexico. Without having to pay a fortune for a home.

2. Canada

# Of Country That Speaks English (Conversational)98%
Dual Citizenship?Yes
Total Population38.25
Avg. Internet Speed (Broadband)99.76 Mbps
Avg. Living Cost$890
Digital Nomad Visa?No
Visa-Free Entry For Americans?Yes (up to 6 months)

Internet speeds will vary by region, broadband connection type, and a million other factors. Average living costs will depend on spending habits, housing type, and city you pick.

America’s friendly northern neighbor offers a stellar quality of life, maple syrup, excellent quality of life, low crime rates, and accessible healthcare. Depending on your situation.

3. United Kingdom: European Country with the most US expats

# Of Country That Speaks English (Conversational)91.1%
Dual Citizenship?Yes
Total Population67.33 million
Avg. Internet Speed (Broadband)50.4 Mbps
Avg. Living Cost$970/mo.
Digital Nomad Visa?No
Visa-Free Entry For Americans?Yes (up to 6 months)

Internet speeds will vary by region, broadband connection type, and a million other factors. Average living costs will depend on spending habits, housing type, and city you choose.

The United Kingdom isn’t an individual country. It’s a group of several regions and countries, including:

  • England
  • Northern Ireland
  • Scotland
  • Wales

Many Americans decide to move to the UK because of a better healthcare system, pub culture, better work/life balance, and offers high-paying jobs that seem to attract Americans.

4. Germany

# Of Country That Speaks English (Conversational)56%
Dual Citizenship?Yes
Total Population83.13 million
Avg. Internet Speed (Broadband)80.69
Avg. Living Cost$906/mo.
Digital Nomad Visa?Freiberufler Visa (lasts 3 mo.)
Visa-Free Entry For Americans?Yes (up to 180 days)

Internet speeds will vary by region, broadband connection type, and a million other factors. Average living costs will depend on spending habits, housing type, and city you select.

Most people’s reasons that I’ve found throughout the internet include marrying German spouses and getting I.T. jobs.

5. Hong Kong

# Of Country That Speaks English (Conversational)38%
Dual Citizenship?No
Total Population7.4 million
Avg. Internet Speed (Broadband)194.35 Mbps
Avg. Living Cost$1,067/mo.
Digital Nomad Visa?No
Visa-Free Entry For Americans?Yes (up to 180 days)

Internet speeds will vary by region, broadband connection type, and a million other factors. Average living costs will depend on spending habits, housing type, and city you choose.

Hong Kong serves as an autonomous self administration region in China. Britain handed Hong Kong over to China in 1997 [5]. However, whatever. It’ll still sit in this list.

Anyway:

Many Americans select to migrate to Hong Kong because of its stellar public transportation, safety, and high income.

Most people in Hong Kong speak Cantonese. That’s something to consider.

6. Australia

# Of Country That Speaks English (Conversational)72%
Dual Citizenship?Yes
Total Population25.74 million
Avg. Internet Speed (Broadband)86.01 Mbps
Avg. Living Cost$1,300/mo.
Digital Nomad Visa?No
Visa-Free Entry For Americans?Yes (up to 90 days)

Internet speeds will vary by region, broadband connection type, and a million other factors. Average living costs will depend on spending habits, housing type, and city you choose.

Australia offers excellent pay for welders and in other industries. And that’s all I could find. Based on my experience, Australians are friendly and witty.

They’re fun to hang out with.

7. Israel

# Of Country That Speaks English (Conversational)85%
Dual Citizenship?Yes
Total Population9.36 million
Avg. Internet Speed (Broadband)27.18 Mbps
Avg. Living Cost$1,056
Digital Nomad Visa?No
Visa-Free Entry For Americans?Yes (up to 90 days)

Internet speeds will vary by region, broadband connection type, and a million other factors. Average living costs will depend on spending habits, housing type, and city you decide.

Israel has less crime than the U.S., higher-paying technology jobs, and no harsh winters.

8. South Korea

# Of Country That Speaks English (Conversational)50%
Dual Citizenship?Yes
Total Population51.74 million
Avg. Internet Speed (Broadband)95.34 Mbps
Avg. Living Cost$1,411/mo.
Digital Nomad Visa?No
Visa-Free Entry For Americans?Yes (up to 6 months)

Internet speeds will vary by region, broadband connection type, and a million other factors. Average living costs will depend on spending habits, housing type, and city you choose.

Many Americans seem to pick South Korea over the U.S. because of the rich culture and the convenience of reaching stores.

9. France

# Of Country That Speaks English (Conversational)39%
Dual Citizenship?Yes
Total Population67.5 million
Avg. Internet Speed (Broadband)59.66 Mbps
Avg. Living Cost$2,499
Digital Nomad Visa?No
Visa-Free Entry For Americans?Yes (up to 90 days)

Internet speeds will vary by region, broadband connection type, and a million other factors. Average living costs will depend on spending habits, housing type, and city you select.

I couldn’t find specific reasons why Americans decided to live in France instead of other countries. However, France does have a lot of culture and ancient architecture.

10. Japan

# Of Country That Speaks English (Conversational)30%
Dual Citizenship?Yes
Total Population1125.7 million
Avg. Internet Speed (Broadband)40.92 Mbps
Avg. Living Cost$2,119/mo.
Digital Nomad Visa?No
Visa-Free Entry For Americans?Yes (up to 90 days)

Internet speeds will vary by region, broadband connection type, and a million other factors. Average living costs will depend on spending habits, housing type, and city you choose.

Why do people move to Japan?

Because of anime.

I’m kidding. Kind of.

Japan’s the 10th safest country on Earth. It has affordable healthcare, it’s convenient (public transportation wise), and buying a house doesn’t cost too much. [6]

11. Spain

# Of Country That Speaks English (Conversational)27%
Dual Citizenship?Yes
Total Population47.33 million
Avg. Internet Speed (Broadband)36.07 Mbps
Avg. Living Cost$1,587/mo.
Digital Nomad Visa?Spain Digital Nomad Visa (lasts 6–24 months)
Visa-Free Entry For Americans?Yes (up to 90 days)

Internet speeds will vary by region, broadband connection type, and a million other factors. Average living costs will depend on spending habits, housing type, and city you choose.

Americans may want to move to Spain due to its fantastic climate, high quality of life, and ease of getting a residence permit.

12. Italy

# Of Country That Speaks English (Conversational)34%
Dual Citizenship?Yes
Total Population59.07 million
Avg. Internet Speed (Broadband)60.12 Mbps
Avg. Living Cost$1,600/mo.
Digital Nomad Visa?No
Visa-Free Entry For Americans?Yes (up to 90 days)

Internet speeds will vary by region, broadband connection type, and a million other factors. Average living costs will depend on spending habits, housing type, and city you choose.

Italy has sociable folks and a rich culture. Making it an appealing country for Americans to immigrate to.

13. Philippines

# Of Country That Speaks English (Conversational)58.2%
Dual Citizenship?Yes
Total Population111 million
Avg. Internet Speed (Broadband)24.04 Mbps
Avg. Living Cost$600–$900/mo.
Digital Nomad Visa?No
Visa-Free Entry For Americans?Yes (up to 30 days)

Internet speeds will vary by region, broadband connection type, and a million other factors. Average living costs will depend on spending habits, housing type, and city you choose.

The Philippines has breathtaking beaches and money will take you miles further than it would in the states. Plus they have plenty of American businesses like Taco Bell. A business I’ve found difficult to get overseas.

14. New Zealand

# Of Country That Speaks English (Conversational)90%
Dual Citizenship?Yes
Total Population5.1 million
Avg. Internet Speed (Broadband)133.18 Mbps
Avg. Living Cost$1,916/mo.
Digital Nomad Visa?No
Visa-Free Entry For Americans?Yes (up to 90 days)

Internet speeds will vary by region, broadband connection type, and a million other factors. Average living costs will depend on spending habits, housing type, and city you choose.

New Zealand has cheaper healthcare and offers a better environment for introverts who want to avoid civilization. But it appears everything else (e.g., shipping packages) costs more.

FAQs: Countries With the Most American Expats

Keep reading to find frequently asked questions about finding a place to live outside the United States.

Which European Country Has the Most American Expats?

The United Kingdom has the most Americans as of 2020 (171,000).

How Many American Citizens Live Abroad?

Over 8.7 million American citizens live abroad. This number may not include citizens of unincorporated territories like Guam. Or military personnel.

How Long Can a US Citizen Stay out of the Country?

A U.S. citizen can stay outside the States for as long as you want. The U.S. government won’t revoke your citizenship if you live outside America for too long

What Is the Difference Between Expat and Immigrant?

An immigrant moves to a country permanently. Whereas, expats stay in countries temporarily.

What Country Has the Largest Population of American Expats?

Mexico has the largest number of American expats with 799,000 people.

Conclusion

No country seems to share the identical ways to generate statistics on how many American expats reside in their countries. The list above provides a visual of where U.S. citizens will congregate, though.

Thus, we can only guess the countries with the most American expats.

To learn more about becoming an expat or a digital nomad, check out guides I’ve written.

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