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The Best Places for Black Families To Live Outside of the U.S.

These countries have the highest perception of racial equity, according to U.S. News.

February 22, 2024 at 10:50 AM PST

A strained economic outlook and political climate are just a couple of reasons a rising number of people are leaving the United States or considering an international move. From rich cultures to breathtaking landscapes, delicious foods, one-of-a-kind experiences, and universal health care, destinations across the globe have much to offer. While the perks are appealing, some countries lack the diversity and racial equity that’s crucial for Black families to feel safe enough to enjoy life there. If you’re considering life abroad, here’s a breakdown of the five best countries for racial equality.

According to a global survey by U.S. News, respondents from these countries associated more strongly than moderately with the statement, “A country is strong when it is more racially and ethnically diverse.”‘

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1. New Zealand

Adventure awaits in New Zealand. It’s great for families who love the outdoors and have interests in agriculture. Since most of the country lies close to the coast, New Zealand’s climate offers mild temperatures, moderate rainfall, and lots of sunshine.

Along with racial equity, it ranks high on economic stability and job market but lacks affordability. Despite a population of 5 million, homes in New Zealand are among the least affordable in the world.

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2. Canada

If you don’t want to leave big city life behind, head to Toronto. The second largest country in the world, Canada prides itself on a culture of diversity with a population of 38 million. Only a short distance from the U.S., it’s perfect for families that want to stay close to loved ones. A high-tech industrial society with a high standard of living, Canada is the place to start a new career.

Along with racial equity, it ranks high on education, raising children, and retirement but lacks in culture.

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3. Netherlands

Surrounded by water and spotted with windmills, the Netherlands is known as a forward-thinking society that embraces liberal views. With the highest concentration of museums in the world and more than 1,000 bridges and 20,000 bike paths, there’s always something for the kids to do. Another ideal location for families interested in farming, the Netherlands is one of the world’s leading exporters of agriculture.

Along with racial equality, it ranks high on gender and income equality and raising children but lacks affordability.

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4. Sweden

Want free health care and college? Look no further than Sweden. The country is committed to human rights, public service, and sustainability, so much so that its people have one of the longest life expectancies in the world, and almost all of its trash is recycled. Swedes are some of the world’s most generous people, donating annually to humanitarian programs and welcoming refugees with open arms.

Along with racial equality, it ranks high on raising children, gender equality, transparency, and green living but lacks fun experiences.

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5. Norway

Families seeking financial stability and high-income living will love Norway. It’s a beautiful destination with a thriving economy. The gorgeous scenery and landscapes perfect for fishing, hiking, and skiing are some of the most beautiful in the world. We can’t forget the ethereal northern lights you can experience from late September to late March.

Along with racial equality, it ranks high on raising children, gender equality, and green living but lacks cultural influences.



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