I must say I have several American friends, who I've lost to other countries. I also think that many in other countries, have a distorted view of America. I know all my rellies in the UK, are doing better than we are here. They have their pensions and free health care, yet for some reason, some still think we live in the lap of luxury here. I worked most of my adult life in the US. A few years ago, when gangs took over our lovely little street, we had to move overnight, in fear for our lives. We could no longer pay our mortgage, since we couldn't live in the house, so lost our good credit and the hundreds of thousands of dollars, we had put into that home. Losing everything, almost destroyed us and certainly had a terrible effect on our health. If it had not been for our daughter who took us in, I can't imagine what would have happened to us.
I do think some states are worse off than others. California is now 16 billion dollars in dept. Our school teachers are being fired by the thousands, yet more children enter schools each year. Our schools are falling down. Some with no doors on the bathrooms.
If one doesn't speak Spanish, it is difficult to get a decent job here. As with other border states, we spend millions on trying to teach the children who don't speak English and who have come across the border illegally, with their parents. Arizona and Texas suffer similarly.
Our Social Security is being taken away, little by little, yearly. Try living on less than $900 a month SS, in S. California. Thank God for the dollar stores. If it were not for our daughter (who owns Harlequin farms) and who helps us out, I hate to think where we would be. And she has now sold almost all her horses and is having to move. She was one of the school teachers who also lost her job three years ago. I don't know about other states these days, but I can only say it's incredibly difficult to live in California these days.
Strangely enough, the other day, a woman hearing my English accent, asked if I was happy to be in America and be 'free'!! Just shows what people don't know about other countries.