Whenever my friends and family visit from overseas, they're usually shocked by how closed-off people are in North Jersey and NYC. They were dumbfounded that I didn't know more about my neighbors and at first, I thought they were just being dramatic.
The more I thought about it though, the more I realized that I really don't know my neighbors at all. Hell, whenever I drive if someone cuts me off I throw out such horrible swear words and vile insults that I'm taken aback by just how disgusting I can become.
But according to this report, the rest of the United States doesn't really suffer from that problem: it turns out that there are countries that are a lot less friendly than America.
InterNations surveyed more than 14,000 people from 67 countries around the world to find out what the most and least friendly countries were.
The study specifically focuses on ex-patriates, i.e., people who have decided to leave their country of origin to go and permanently live in another country.
The United States dropped 13 places from last year's study, coming in at 26.
One of the biggest drawbacks many cited as to relocating to the US was the amount of taxes and lack of services provided for said taxes. But if you're a US citizen, you wouldn't need a survey to tell you that.
They also broke down the reasons why people moved abroad: some did it for school, work, for romance, or to accompany a spouse's work relocation.
According to the report, the friendliest country surveyed was Taiwan. The least friendly? Kuwait.
Malta, Ecuador, Mexico, New Zealand, Costa Rica, Australia, Austria, Luxemborg, and Czech Republic rounded out the top 10.
The survey considered many factors, including quality of life, ease in finding a job, political stability, and overall friendliness of the people.
You can check out the entire report here, which provides a boat-load of data. Definitely worth looking into if you're planning on shipping out in search of greener pastures.
Where does your country rank on the list?