Why The Us Over Australia in General Posted June 7, 2012 · Report reply I'll tell you why I prefer the US over Australia. Firstly, I think you can experience similar lifestyle in the US (but this depends heavily on the state). I think a state like Texas -> JHB / California -> CT can be very close to home. Obviously going to New York will be worlds apart from SA. 1) Property prices in Australia are crazy, forget about ever owning your own home (maybe an apartment), and this is why most people rent. In the United States, its still the American dream to be 'king of your castle' and own your own home. There are many states with affordable housing. 2) Australia, from what I hear, is a complete nanny state (not bashing it, just laying it out there). They have rules about everything and everything is enforced even if it seems completely pointless. You cant have a beer at the park where you are having a barbeque, if you go 5km/h over the speed limit you lose points on your license etc. This might be great for some, but it is too much for me. In this regard, Australia is much more like Germany or Switzerland. Watch an episode of border patrol (Australia) to see what im on about 3) As for as economy goes, it is true that South Africa and Australia were much more sheltered if you compare it to the United States or Europe, but the US is experiencing a great recovery (if you compare where they were 2-3 years ago). Also, the economy is very dependent on the state. For example, the economy in Texas is much more robust and diverse and its relatively easy to find a well paying job and live comfortably. A state like Florida is on the other end of the scale. 4) In the states you feel like you are part of something great, you are in 'the center of the word' so to speak. Everything new and exciting is happening there. At least that's what it felt like on my last trip - granted it was only a holiday. People are queuing around the block to get into the United States. Some immigrant applications have something like a 10 year backlog, and every year 20 million people enter the GC lottery to try and get into the states. Why do you think that is? It is the most difficult and most desired country to emigrate to.