70,000 American citizens
Conservative estimates for the country's U.S. expatriate population stand around 70,000, but it could be well into the 100,000s. This number stands at an all-time high for American citizens living in China, perhaps reflective of the country's rise as a major world economic power.
100,000 American citizens
France is the fourth most popular country for American students studying abroad, bumping up the U.S expat population in this country. The beautiful French countryside is also a popular destination for retiring Americans thanks to its calming ease. Let's hope they invite us over for a wine tasting soon.
110,000 American citizens
America still has a large non-active military presence in Germany at 40,000 members. (Active duty military members aren’t counted for our purposes.) Not only that, but as the economic leader in Europe many American companies have bases of operations here. If you’re looking for fellow American friends, Berlin and Darmstadt are your best bet.
130,000 American citizens
One of the first surprises on the list is Costa Rica. This small Central American country actually has a pretty stable government, compared to its neighbors, and has pledged to go carbon-neutral to help maintain its rich rainforest. The beautiful natural surroundings and the impressive beaches have since drawn nearly 150,000 American retirees.
180,000 American citizens
Merry olde England, with London as one of the world's leading financial centers, hosts a large number of American citizens who work for their company's "office across the pond." It's also the number one destination for U.S. students to study abroad. Understandably, they sometimes take a while to make their way back home.
200,000 American citizens
You may be surprised to learn that the U.S. has the largest Jewish population of any country in the world. After the founding of Israel, many Jews moved to the country while maintaining their American citizenship, making it the nation with the 4th largest U.S. expat population in the world.
600,000 American citizens
The most popular country in Asia for Americans isn't any of the ones that come readily to mind. China? Nope, number 10. Japan? It didn't even make the list. As many as 600,000 American citizens call the Philippines home, mostly due to the fact that America owned the now sovereign nation during the first half of the 20th century.
1,000,000 American citizens
It shouldn't come as a surprise that our southern neighbor also has the largest population of Americans living outside the good ol' U. S. of A. Many are working, of course, but it's also becoming a popular reitrement destination like Costa Rica. Lake Chapala alone has nearly 10,000 U.S. and Canadian expats.
United Arab Emirates
45,000 American citizens
Americans have been moving to Haiti since the 1800s, and their reasons for doing so are varied. In the 19th century, many newly freed slaves moved to the island country, while in the 20th century, the United States occupied Haiti for over 15 years. In more recent times, many have traveled to the country to help with humanitarian efforts.