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Subject: British ex-patriots living in the U.S.
Category: Relationships and Society > Cultures
Asked by: karenchayes-ga
List Price: $175.00
Posted: 24 May 2006 08:54 PDT
Expires: 23 Jun 2006 08:54 PDT
Question ID: 731995
I'm looking for demographic and psychographic information on UK
ex-patriots living in the United States. In addition to basic
information about who they are: age groups, ratio of male vs. female,
what cities they are concentrated in, how long do they typically stay
in the U.S., etc. I'd also like insight into how they live and think:
-Where do they get their news from?
-What professions are they in? (List of most popular fields, for example)
-How do they spend their free time?
-Views on British vs. U.S. news sources (newspapers, broadcast, and online)
-Internet habits
-Earning power/income
-What are their "values" (e.g. guiding values that are typical of
British expats as a group: perhaps, family, influence, politics,
environment, independence, success. These are qualities taken from
other demo groups I've studied (by age group). Just an example.
-Lifestyle - how do they spend their free time? Are they workaholics
or do they prefer to spend time with family?
-Buying habits - how do they spend their money?
-Heroes-who do they look up to? Tony Blair? Becks and Posh? Madonna?
-Politics: do British expats care equally about U.S. and British
politics, or do they mostly pay attention to politics back home in the
UK? Do they, as a group, lean one way more than the other
(conservative or liberal)?
Other insight along these lines may also be useful. All insights
should be accompanied by citations of credible sources, links, etc.
Subject: Re: British ex-patriots living in the U.S.
Answered By: belindalevez-ga on 27 May 2006 10:03 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
<UK expatriates living in the US.

Numbers of UK immigrants, reasons for coming to the United States,
geographic spread
In 2000, there were 824,239 UK born people living in the US.
They were born in:
England ? 64%
Scotland ? 12%
Wales ? 1.4%
Northern Ireland ? 1.7%
Unspecified ? 21%

Between 1980 and 2000 the population increased 11%.
Figures are given comparing the populations and their origins for
1980, 1990 and 2000.

Reasons for migrating to the US.
Work related ? 39%
Join or accompany a family member ? 36%
To study ? 9.6%

In 2000, 144,621 British citizens were temporarily admitted to the US
along with 31,522 accompanying family members. The report also gives
more detailed information about intracompany transferees and those
admitted on student visas.

Education levels
Bachelor?s degree or more ? 40.3%
High school degree ? 54.1%

Managerial or professional ? 43.4%
Technical, sales or administative ? 26.6%

Where they live.
California ? 18.4%
Los Angeles Long Beach metropolitan area ? 6.1%
San Francisco-Oakland area ? 3.6%
82.9% live outside of cities.

They integrate easily.
71.3% are married to a native-born American.

Source: The British are still coming: Contemporary United Kingdom
Immigration to the United States. Wendy D. Roth.

In 2003, 9,527 Brits were issued with Green cards. California was the
most prominent state of residence for these new green card holders,
followed by Florida, New York and Texas. Source: the British are
Coming and Coming? by Brendan Ryan.


Demographics of Expat Focus registered members.
34.68% are British. 28.39% are located in the USA
Male 63%
Female 37%

Management 10.29%
Retired 9.56%
Education 8.82%
Accounting/Finance 7.35%
Engineering 5.88%
Computing/ICT 4.78%
Creative/Media 4.78%
Company Director 4.04%
Administration 3.68%
Other 3.68%
Small Business 2.94%
Real Estate 2.57%
Translation 2.57%
Marketing 2.21%
Homemaking 2.21%
Consultancy 1.84%
HR/Recruitment 1.84%
Student 1.84%
Relocation 1.47%
Scientific 1.11%
Logistics <1%
Law enforcement <1%
Buying <1%
Armed Services <1%
Chartered Surveying <1%
Customer Service <1%
Law <1%
Security <1%

Source: Expat Focus

Earning power/income, spending habits
The Union Jack is newspaper aimed at British expats living in the US.
The following is demographic information about its readers.
80% of readers are British expats.
Female 53.5%
Male 46.5%
Married ? 64.5%
Single ? 35.5%
Home owners ? 68.3%

Average income
$45,000 ? 25.4%
$79,000 ? 44.7%
$95,000 ? 17%

72% have had more than two visitors from the UK in the last 18 months.
73% plan to travel to Britain in the next 18 months.
43% use rental cars during their trip.
65% use trains or buses.
63.5% will stay in a hotel and/or B&B in Britain.

Services or products purchased include:
Books, records, CDs 12.6%
British pubs/restaurants 47.6%
Car rental 26.2%
Food/speciality shops 42.3%
Financial/investment 22.5%
Genealogists 4.7%
Immigration attorneys 29.3%
Import/export/shipping 21.4%
Insurance (personal and health) 23.2%
Long-distance telephone 24.3%
Websites/mail order/gifts etc. 19.3%
Newspapers or magazines 22.3%
Real estate 9.7%
Special events (concerts, movies, PPV-TV) 29.1%
Sportswear/sporting goods 10.8%
Travel services 24.1%
Videos and/or video conversion 26.9%

Circulation 220,000 throughout the US.
Source: The Union Jack

The Weekly News  is an expat newspaper from the Telegraph.
200,000 ? 250,000 readers.
37% of readers are based in the US.
Average age ? 49 years.
67.8% male
Top management 29.3%
Middle management ? 30.1%
Considering a job change in the next year ? 33%
Members of a frequent flyer program ? 66.8%
Average household income ? GBP 52,100
Average investment (excluding main home) GBP 225,100
Types of investment
Stocks and shares ? 61%
Private medical ? 53%
Offshore savings ? 51%
Private Pension ? 46%
Life Assurance ? 41%
Funds ? 36%

An occupational profile is also given.
Top 6 occupations are:
General management
Other professional services
The level of qualification is also given.

Also includes property buying intentions.
Number of trips made.
Airline tickets, hotel rooms, car hire, theatre and sporting event bookings.
Activities carried out whilst visiting the UK.

80% of readers use the internet and over 50% regularly make online purchases.
39.4% access the internet several times a day.
The average amount of time spent on the internet is over 11 hours a week.
Over 80% have made internet purchases during the last 12 months.

Goods bought online:
Airline tickets ? 55%
Books ? 51.2%
Hotel reservations ? 47%
Electrical goods ? 35.7%
Records/CDs ? 32.2%
Car-hire ? 31.7%
Theatre tickets ? 22.9%
Videos/DVD?s ? 19.6%
Magazines ? 16.9%
Clothes ? 16.3%

Activities during a UK visit
Shopping 72.6%
Visit restaurants ? 62.1%
Sightseeing and museums ? 60.9%
Theatres and concerts ? 56%
Stock up on British goods ? 44.2%
Take a short break ? 40.3%
Attend sporting events ? 25%

Details of goods bought by mail order are also given.
Source: Telegraph.

British Corner Shop is an online supermarket that delivers British
products to British expats. A typical order placed through the British
Corner Shop website is for GBP 120.00

British products ordered by expats.
Top 10 most popular products ordered by expats.
PG Tips
Walkers Crisps
Branston Pickle
Jaffa Cakes
Heinz Baked Beans
McVities Biscuits
Cadbury?s Chocolate
Source: British Corner Shop

UK Today News is a news paper aimed at British expats.
3000 copies are printed and distributed in major cities.

According to Professor John Curtice, a political scientist at
Strathclyde University, most British citizens abroad do not bother

From an expat population of several million around the world, only
15,000 bother to vote.
In 1996, there was an attempt by the conservatives to find out how
expats would vote, but the study was abandoned as it proved too
difficult and inconclusive.
Source: Article gy James Featherstone. Expats Magazine.

Many Britons living in the U.S. do not consider themselves immigrants.
Jones investigates how they live and how their status as foreigners is
created by both American Anglophilia and the ways in which they
perform the cultural aspects of their identities as ?proper? Britons
in their host country.
Accent on Privilege: English Identities and Anglophilia in the U.S.
By Katharine W. Jones. ISBN 1-56639-900-9

Chapter one of the book can be read here.
The first chapter contains information about the numbers living in the
US and where they live. Data is for 1995.
There are several references to how the Britons think:
They dreamed of eventual return to England.
They defined themselves as expatriates but were reluctant to be called
expatriates. They prefered the terms ?travelers?, ?citizens of the
world?, ?gypsies? or ?roving people? with ?wanderlust.?
Most want to distance themselves from expat communities.
They felt stateless.
They believe they speak English better than Americans.
They receive positive comments about their accents.

The book can be ordered here.
Paperback $21.95
Cloth $69.50

According to the 2002 NFTC-SHRM Global Survey, 86 percent of
respondents ranked ?family concerns? as a ?critical challenge? in
international relocations, with family adjustment and children?s
education leading the list of top critical issues. A full 90 percnet
of respondents cited family concerns as responsible for assignment
failure. One area of parental discomfort for may expatriates to the
United States is the lack of a national curriculum and a consequent
perceived lack of academic or curricular standards. This point is
particularly true for those coming from countries that have a national
curriculum or centrist educational governance (e.g. the U.K).
Source: Education Policy: The Oft Forgotten Element of International
Assignments. Mary Rabbitt.

How the views of a British expat have changed over the last 20 years.

In 1985 the most important things in his life were his children and job.
He didn?t pay much attention to US national affairs and didn?t think
much about England either. No-one talked much about religion.
He now worries more about the world his grandchild will face than he
did with his children.
He is more emphatically English than before.
He reads British newspapers every day, watches English football and
cricket, and PBS and BBC America brings him the news. He never watches
US programs (except for House). He describes himself as a citizen of
the world. He returns to England once or twice a year, rents a car and
feels at home in England.
Source: Geoff Arnold.

As a British expat in the US, watch tv news to see what they're NOT
covering, or how they're spinning news. I don't watch it to stay
informed. That's what the internets are for. Source: PeteCo.
The Huffington Post.

Education concerns
This article looks at concerns that UK expats have with American schools.
Many British parents surmise that there are no standards and that the
curriculum is ill-definded and essentially weak.
They often express discomfort with the fact that U.S.teachers have
considerable latitude and freedom.
There are issues with the difference in age at which formal schooling
begins. Children in the U.K. start formal schooling one year earlier
than in the U.S.
Spelling differences cause concern.
There is also a perception of sloppy dress in U.S. schools.

According to a survey by the Royal Society of Medicine, 29% of British
expats miss having an English breakfast. In another study, they put an
English breakfast in fifth place among the iconic images of their
country, just after the Queen and Buckingham Palace.
Source: Guardian,,1457744,00.html


British newspapers read by British expats in Florida.

British Expatriate Network Forums.
This site allows British expats to give their opinions on a wide range of topics.

British values

UK vs US

Do you prefer UK or US Healthcare

Which newspaper did you read?

British News

British Newspapers in the US

English Newspapers

Are Americans more religious than the British?

To be sure, there are Brits a plenty in Houston, 40 miles away, many
of whom came for three years 10 years ago and most of whom do
something in oil or gas. We stand in the Richmond Arms watching the
footie on Sky Sports and drinking Boddington's or McEwan's. Actually,
some of the hardened expat types now watch American football and drink
Rolling Rock. It's cheaper.
Source: Guns, evangelists, oil and coyotes ? it?s just the state I?m
in. By Jarek Garlinski.

I am an expat, British but living in the USA. I love the BBC! Compared
with most news sources in this country, even National Public Radio
which is generally good, the BBC World News is truly universal. I
depend on it. I also visit the news website daily (along with the
Telegraph, of course). Elizabeth Wood Portland, Oregon, USA
British icons
A survey of UK internet users found what it means to be British.
The best of British
The Beatles ? 33%
The local pub ? 33%
The British country side ? 27%
The Queen ? 18%
Harry Potter ? 14%
The BBC ? 14%
Shakespeare ? 15%

The worst of British
David and Victoria Beckam ? 35%
The weather ? 30%

Favourite British dish
Full English breakfast ? 33%
Bangers and mash ? 30%
Sunday roast ? 23%
Fish and chips ? 15%

Football ? 57%
Cricket ? 20%
Rugby ? 14%
Tennis ? 11%

Most embarrasing British celebrity
Jordan (Katie Price) ? 23%
Primeminister Tony Blair ? 11%
Prince Philip ? 11%
The David and Victoria Beckham ? 11%
Elton John ? 6%
Reality TV stars ? 6%

Source: Seekport>

<Search strategy:>

<expats demographics>

<"british expats" "living in the us">

<"british expat" " i watch" "in the us">

<"british citizens" "green cards">

<"british icons" survey>

<Hope this helps.>
karenchayes-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Excellent analysis. Thank you!! In future questions I would suggest
not using sources older than 3-5 years (except for comparison
reasons), but I should have stated that up front. Other than that, the
quality of this info is great.

Subject: Re: British ex-patriots living in the U.S.
From: probonopublico-ga on 24 May 2006 09:10 PDT
Could you possibly be referring to 'expatriates'?

Although many Brits are unwise enough to live in the U.S., this does
not necessarily make them any less patriotic.

(I hope.)
Subject: Re: British ex-patriots living in the U.S.
From: myoarin-ga on 27 May 2006 14:22 PDT
And I was thinking the wide scope of this question could not be answered!
Great job, Belindalevez.
Subject: Re: British ex-patriots living in the U.S.
From: kemlo-ga on 28 May 2006 11:10 PDT
Great Answer.....Still working my way through all the links
Subject: Re: British ex-patriots living in the U.S.
From: probonopublico-ga on 28 May 2006 22:09 PDT
Kemlo, Do please let us know when you finish.

The smart money says it won't be before July, next year.

Subject: Re: British ex-patriots living in the U.S.
From: kemlo-ga on 29 May 2006 03:24 PDT
No problems with the first page (its those joined up letters that slow me)

Subject: Re: British ex-patriots living in the U.S.
From: myoarin-ga on 29 May 2006 05:16 PDT
It sounds like you are trying to type in the hyperlinks  (blue, underlined).

Just click on them, and the site should open.
Subject: Re: British ex-patriots living in the U.S.
From: probonopublico-ga on 29 May 2006 05:28 PDT
It's absolutely no use trying to help poor Kemlo.

Goodness knows I've tried hundreds of times over the years.

At first, I thought he was colour blind and then dyslexic. And finally both.

However, it now seems more like an addiction to Methylated Spirits.

It's very sad.

Please kneel while I say a prayer.


Subject: Re: British ex-patriots living in the U.S.
From: kemlo-ga on 04 Aug 2006 10:14 PDT
Amost finnished only six moore to do.
Thakyou myoarin, a im now kliking on the links instead of typping them
all over agane.
I am also useing a speech program to help me understand the longer werds
Subject: Re: British ex-patriots living in the U.S.
From: kemlo-ga on 06 Aug 2006 09:23 PDT
Almost finished only six more to do.
Thank you myoarin, a I'm now clicking on the links instead of typing them
all over again.
I am also using a speech program to help me understand the longer words

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