21. Living in the city can be interesting and fun.





There are a lot of skyscrapers

in the city.

city streets

Getting around in a city

is usually easy.


amateur: not professional

cuisine: food

congestion: slow traffic caused by a large number of vehicles in once place

downside: disadvantage

diversity: variety; many different kinds of things or people

ethnic: ancestral background; clan, family, or nationality

suit: fit; to be good for a person or a thing


Living in the city in the United States can be interesting and fun. There you will find a diversity of people, culture, and activities. If you are planning to move to the United States, think carefully about which city to live in. There are many great places to choose from. After you have made a choice for a city, you’ll have to consider which area or neighborhood best suits your needs.

Downtown is the center of the city. This is the heart of the business district, and sometimes it’s the first place immigrants think to visit or live when they arrive. A city’s downtown has museums, live theatrical or musical performances, and lively shopping districts. You’ll know you are downtown because that’s usually where all the skyscrapers are. The downtown area, however, can be very expensive.

In order to save money, neighborhoods outside of the downtown are good alternatives. It’s also important for you to know that most big cities in the United States have ethnic neighborhoods that identify with a particular nationality or culture. There are Mexican neighborhoods, Indian neighborhoods, Somalian neighborhoods, Russian neighbohoods, and so on. Whatever a person’s nationality might be, there’s an American city with a neighborhood that matches it. New York City, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C. all have large and diverse ethnic neighborhoods.

Ethnic diversity is great because it means that there are many different kinds of food available. You can get middle-eastern food, Thai food, Chinese food, German food, or food from just about any country or region around the world. A person from Mexico who moves to a big city won’t have any problem finding a Mexican grocery store or a Mexican restaurant. When people immigrate to the U.S., many of them find jobs in food-related business or they start their own business selling the cuisine of their native country.

Almost all large cities host both amateur and professional sports teams. Whatever type of sport you like will be available somewhere. Soccer, known as "football" in most other countries, is growing in popularity, but the most popular sports to watch are baseball, football, basketball, and hockey.

The one downside to living in a city is dealing with traffic congestion. Many cities don’t have good public transportation systems, which means that people rely on their personal vehicles for getting around. This causes traffic jams and long waits when traveling to and within the city. The good news is that many cities are starting to deal with traffic problems by encouraging people to walk or ride a bike when traveling around the city. When thinking about a place to live, try to find something that’s close to your job.

Compared to cities in Europe, the Middle East, or Asia, American cities are not very old. If you want to go to a city rich in history, consider the east coast cities of New York, Boston, Philadelphia, or Washington D.C. If you are interested in more modern cities, travel to the west. Cities like Denver, Los Angeles, and Seatle are relatively new.

Wherever you choose to go, it won’t be boring. American cities are dynamic and interesting. They’re places of great economic activity and opportunity. The people you see working and making money come from all over the world, and that’s one of the things that makes living in the city a great experience.

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