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America is ranked 23th in the worlds educational ranking, yet they are still home of some of the best Universities there are to offer. School is mandatory for children until the ages of 16 and 18 (depending on the state).
In the table below you will find the basic information about the American education system:
Massachusetts is home of over 5500 public, private and charter schools. These schools are getting above average performance rate compared to the entire country.

General level or category


Student age range                 (start of education)



2 to 4 years

Elementary School

  • Kindergarten
  • First grade
  • Second grade
  • Third grade
  • Fourth grade
  • Fifth grade
  • Sixth grade
  • 5 to 6 years
  • 6 to 7 years
  • 7 to 8 years
  • 8 to 9 years
  • 9 to 10 years
  • 10 to 11 years
  • 11 to 12 years

Middle School

  • Seventh grade
  • Eight grade
  • Freshmen year
  • 12 to 13 years
  • 13 to 14 years
  • 14 to 15 years

High School

  • Sophomore/ 10th
  • Junior/ 11th
  • Senior/ 12th
  • 15 to 16 years
  • 16 to 17 years
  • 17 to 18 years

College University (undergraduate)

  • Freshmen year
  • Sophomore year
  • Junior year
  • Senior year

Ages vary but often between the ages of 18 and 22. (Bachelor’s Degree)

College University (Graduate year)

  • Various degrees and curricular partitions.

Ages vary

Continuing Education

  • Vocational School
  • Adult Education

Ages vary




 Every state in the United States has its own rules, To be eligible for renting or potentially buying a house in Massachusetts you will need to meet some requirements.  
These requirements are:
  • Meet income guidelines
  • Positive references as a previous tenant
  • Positive background check
  • Positive credit history
Types of Housing
Semi-detached dwellings: Mostly referred to as two separate residences who are attached side by side. But it can also mean a two decker, this a building plan wherein the houses aren’t side but side but one is up+ another. These kind of houses are commonly found in New York and San Francisco.
Detached single unit housing: Meaning the house doesn’t share any inside walls with any other houses or dwelling. Mostly 2 or 3 storeys high and with a large front and back yard.
Attached single-unit Housing: Mostly authentic American 90’s houses with a Victorian style to it (2 or 3 storey houses with 3 or 4 bedrooms).
Prices of real-estate in America are pretty cheap compared to houses in Europe because it is a huge country. Most preferred and used houses are the detached single unit houses because they are designed for family usage with plenty of room, a garage and likely a large piece of lawn on both sides of the house.
In the table below you will find basic information about housing prices in America. Keep in mind that location and condition always play a role in these matters.


There is an economic growth expected of 6,3% in Massachusetts generating 216,650 net new jobs by 2016. As an addition to those statistics another 768,330 job opportunities will open as a replacement for retiring and direction changing workers. So in total nearly 1 million jobs will need to be filled by 2016.  
Circa 83% of the mentioned job opportunities will emerge in the following sectors:
  • Healthcare and Social assistance
  • Professional services
  • Scientific services
  • Business services
These are very diversional and large sectors that include specific industries where the state competitive advantages. Examples of these specific industries are:
  • Computer software
  • Research and testing
  • Engineering
  • Medicine
  • Management consulting
For more information about jobs in the United States visit the main page by clicking here.

Bank Accounts:

If you are a foreigner and you want to open a bank account in one of the America banks you don’t need to pay any special fees if you meet the following requirements.
Once you have opened the bank account you should be able to immediately deposit 250 US dollars. That way you activate your bank account.
Your daily balance must be 1500 US dollars or more to keep your account without getting any extra fees.
If you cannot do that the bank will take 25 US dollars from your account every month for the maintenance of your bank account. Also you cannot apply for any kind of credit card in the first year.
List of banks in America:


The first thing you do when applying for a US visa is sign for a petition. Once your petition gets approved you will become a petitioner which means that you became a legit U.S resident with your family. 
The second thing you do after you became a petitioner is start a process at NVC (National Visa Centre). The process cannot be done without you as applier having an agent which represent you. Once you have started the process and found an agent than the only thing left to do is pay the fees. The fees are mostly for the paperwork and for the agent.
The third thing you need to do is start collecting all of your paperwork like Visa application form, financial documents and supporting documents. If you have collected all of that you must send it to the NVC.
Once you have done all of that you will be called for an interview. The interview is being held just to see if you have done everything like the law says you should do. To the interview you must bring all of the paperwork that you work with among the visa applying process, also every member of the family must be present at the interview.

Medical Care

Since 2006 the state of Massachusetts has a reformed health insurance system that provides almost all citizens with at least access to minimum insurance coverage. These are meant for residents earning less than 150% of the federal poverty level.
Research shows that the hospitals in Massachusetts are very committed to their job, so the safety and quality care of their patience are top priority. There is also a strong support towards increase of healthcare transparency.
For more information about health care in the United States, click here.


Travelling between the countries in the state of Massachusetts with the help of public transport is very easy. Trains and long distance buses make you able to travel the state without any difficulties. The large cities of Massachusetts such as Boston are provided with subways and city buses for public travel. 
For more information about transportation in the United States, visit our main page by clicking here.


In the table below you will find the income tax rates of the United States. These are the same in every state and are determined by the amount of money you earn.

$0 - $11 950 10%
$11 951 - $45 550 15%
$45 551 - $106 800 25%
$106 801 - $117 650 25%
$117 651 - $190 550 28%
$190 551 - $373 650 33%
$ 373 651 no limit 35%

To learn more about the type of tax rates that are assigned in the state of Massachusetts, click here.