The U.S. government does not keep track of how many citizens live abroad and where. Various non-government agencies and think-tanks provide some data. The following list is based on the latest numbers made available by the Migration Policy Institute.
In terms of countries with the largest diaspora populations, the U.S. has ranked 20th in 2017, according to the UN Population Division.
The most popular countries are, understandably, south and north of the border, even though moving there for the long-term is not easy and getting a visa or a work permit is a long and complicated process. The standard of living is often higher or fairly the same as in the U.S.
Many Americans are moving to places where the life expectancy is much higher due to improvements in lifestyle , medications, and better healthcare. They also go because people are happier there, according to international surveys.
If you have made up your mind that you want to move abroad for good, you may want to consider one of these countries. This is where you’ll find the most Americans, so you are only physically away from home.