Europe isn't much better. Sure, in Europe you have free healthcare, but other than that life is pretty sucky if you are not rich. Take the subway, go to work, take the subway back, live in a small, old apartment in a distant suburb, take the subway again, go to work, get paid a crappy salary at end of month, realize that with it you can barely survive until next month, forget about good vacations or anything, take the subway back, etc. Pretty dull lifestyle. Europe sucks if you are not super rich.