Do you want to migrate to a new country to live and work? If YES, here is a list of countries in North America plus 1000+ jobs and business opportunities.

North America is one of the continents of the world, and it is entirely situated within the Northern Hemisphere. It equally occupies almost all the Western Hemisphere. This continent is bordered to the north by the Arctic Ocean, to the east by the Atlantic Ocean, to the west and south by the Pacific Ocean, and to the southeast by South America and the Caribbean Sea.

North America covers an area of about 24,709,000 square kilometers (9,540,000 square miles), about 16.5% of the earth’s land area and about 4.8% of its total surface. North America is by record the third largest continent by area, following Asia and Africa, and the fourth by population after Asia, Africa, and Europe.

In 2013, its population was estimated at nearly 579 million people, or about 7.5% of the world’s population, that is including nearby islands and the Caribbean. Listed below in alphabetical order and briefly explained are the 23 countries that fall within North America.

List of Countries in North America to Live, Work or Start a Business

  1. Antigua and Barbuda
  • Official Currency: East Caribbean Dollar (XCD; symbol EC$)
  • Major Language: English
  • Other Languages Spoken: Antiguan Creole
  • Population: 102,012 (2017)
  • Capital: Saint John’s
  • Major Cities: All Saints, Liberta

Agriculture was once the mainstay of the economy, but it has been largely supplanted by tourism. The tourism sector continues to dominate Antigua and Barbuda’s economy, accounting for nearly 60% of GDP and 40% of investment. Fruits and vegetables, including citrus fruits, mangoes, and eggplants, are also being cultivated on the islands, thus giving jobs to food processors in the country.

Though Antiguan economy went through some hard times in the past, but the economy is showing great signs of recovery with the government putting modalities in place to attract outside investors. To lessen its vulnerability to natural disasters, Antigua has been diversifying its economy. Transportation, communications and financial services are becoming important.

To foster industrial development, the government has also adopted a policy of providing local and foreign investors with incentives such as duty -free imports, tax holidays, and other exemptions. A recent government initiative is the establishment of a Free Trade Zone. These facts and more are making Antigua a good country to start a business.

  1. Bahamas
  • Official Currency: Bahamian dollar
  • Major Language: English
  • Other Languages Spoken: Bahamianese
  • Population: 391,232 (2010)
  • Capital: Nassau
  • Major Cities: Lucaya, Freeport, West End, Coopers Town

The Bahamas relies heavily on tourism to generate most of its economic activity. The industry not only accounts for about 50% of the Bahamian GDP, but also provides jobs for about half of the country’s workforce. The Bahamas was famed to have attracted 5.8 million visitors in 2012, with more than 70% of them being cruise visitors.

After tourism, the next most important economic sector is banking and offshore international financial services, accounting for some 15% of GDP. The economy has a very competitive tax regime (classified by some as a tax haven). The government derives its revenue from import tariffs, VAT, licence fees, property and stamp taxes, but there is no income tax, corporate tax, capital gains tax, or wealth tax.

Payroll taxes fund social insurance benefits and this amounts to 3.9% paid by the employee and 5.9% paid by the employer. These are good reasons for an investor to open his business in The Bahamas.

  1. Barbados
  • Official Currency: Barbados Dollar
  • Major Language: English
  • Other Languages Spoken: Bajan
  • Population: 110,000
  • Capital: Bridgetown
  • Major Cities: Speightstown, Oistins

Barbados’ main exports are sugar, rum, and molasses. The island is also involved in other industries namely tourism and the offshore sector. Barbados is the 53rd richest country in the world in terms of GDP (Gross Domestic Product) per capita. It has a well-developed mixed economy, and a moderately high standard of living.

According to the World Bank, Barbados is classified as being in its 66 top high income economies of the world. The European Union is assisting Barbados with a €10 million program of modernisation of the country’s International Business and Financial Services Sector. Barbados has a thriving economy and would suit any investor.

  1. Belize
  • Official Currency: Belize Dollar
  • Major Language: English
  • Other Languages Spoken: Belizean Creole, Spanish
  • Population: 408,487 (2019)
  • Capital: Belmopan
  • Major Cities: Belize City, Orange Walk Town, San Pedro

Belize has a small, mostly private enterprise economy that is based primarily on agriculture, agro-based industry, and merchandising, with tourism and construction recently assuming greater importance. The country is also a producer of industrial minerals, crude oil, and petroleum.

A combination of over 450 offshore Cays (islands), excellent fishing, safe waters for boating, scuba diving, snorkelling and freediving, numerous rivers for rafting, and kayaking, various jungle and wildlife reserves of fauna and flora, for hiking, bird watching, and helicopter touring, as well as many Maya sites—support the thriving tourism and ecotourism industry. It also has the largest cave system in Central America.

Belize has a developing free-market economy. Commercial logging and the export of timber were for years the basis of the Belizean economy, but by 1960 the combined value of sugar and citrus exports had exceeded that of timber.

The government’s expansionary monetary and fiscal policies, initiated in September 1998, led to GDP growth averaging nearly 4% in 1999-2007. Oil discoveries in 2006 bolstered this growth. Exploration efforts have continued and production has increased a small amount. Belize is indeed ripe for investments especially with regards to tourism.

  1. Canada
  • Official Currency: The Canadian dollar
  • Major Language: English and French
  • Other Languages Spoken: Mandarin, Cantonese, Punjabi
  • Population: 35,151,728 (2016)
  • Capital: Ottawa
  • Major Cities: Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa-Gatineau

Manufacturing accounts for more than 10% of the Canadian GDP with manufacturers exporting more than $350 billion worth of goods and services every year. The manufacturing industry in Canada has created about 1.7 million full-time and well-paying jobs nationwide.

Canada is listed as the world’s tenth-largest economy as of 2018, with a nominal GDP of approximately US$1.73 trillion. Canada is a mixed economy, ranking above the U.S. and most western European nations on The Heritage Foundation’s index of economic freedom, and experiencing a relatively low level of income disparity. The stable economy of Canada makes it the best place for investors to start a business.

  1. Costa Rica
  • Official Currency: Colón
  • Major Language: Spanish
  • Other Languages Spoken: Creole-English language and Jamaican patois
  • Population: 5 million
  • Capital: San Jose
  • Major Cities: Puerto Limón, Alajuela

Of all the Central American countries, Costa Rica is generally regarded as having the most stable and most democratic government. Its economy, once heavily dependent on agriculture, has diversified to include sectors such as finance, corporate services for foreign companies, pharmaceuticals, and ecotourism. Many foreign manufacturing and services companies operate in Costa Rica’s Free Trade Zones (FTZ) where they benefit from investment and tax incentive

Costa Rica provides entrepreneurs in the country with tax incentives so as to encourage them to start a business in the country. The country also has a few Free Trade Zones (FTZ) that are used to entice foreign businesses into the country.

  1. Cuba
  • Official Currency: Peso
  • Major Language: Spanish
  • Other Languages Spoken: Lucumí, Haitian Creole
  • Population: 11,241,161 (2010)
  • Capital: Havana
  • Major Cities: Santiago de Cuba and Camagüey

Cuba’s natural resources include sugar, tobacco, fish, citrus fruits, coffee, beans, rice, potatoes, and livestock. Cuba’s most important mineral resource is nickel, with 21% of total exports in 2011. The output of Cuba’s nickel mines is 71,000 tons, approaching 4% of world production. As of 2013 its reserves were estimated at 5.5 million tons, over 7% of the world total.

The Cuban state claims to adhere to socialist principles in organizing its largely state-controlled planned economy. Most of the means of production are owned and run by the government and most of the labor force is employed by the state. Recent years have seen a trend toward more private sector employment. Private investments are now being welcomed by this country.

  1. Dominica
  • Official Currency: East Caribbean Dollar
  • Major Language: English
  • Other Languages Spoken: Dominican Creole,
  • Population: 73,925 (2017)
  • Capital: Roseau
  • Major Cities: Saint George, Portsmouth, Saint John

Agriculture remains the most important sector of the economy of Dominica in terms of both employment and contribution to the gross national product. Their main crops are bananas, citrus fruits, and coconuts. Bananas accounted for nearly half of Dominica’s export earnings in the 1980s, but in the late 20th and early 21st centuries, the banana crops were devastated repeatedly by hurricanes.

Most of the main products and exports are derived from the agricultural sector; they include copra, coconut oil, soap, bay oil, and fruit juices. Dominica is a beneficiary of the Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI) that grants duty-free entry into the United States for many goods.

Dominica also belongs to the predominantly English-speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). Dominica supposedly offers tax-free status to companies locating from abroad. This is done to help international investors to come in and help develop the economy.

  1. Dominican Republic
  • Official Currency: Dominican peso
  • Major Language: Spanish
  • Other Languages Spoken: English, French Creole
  • Population: 10.77 million (2017)
  • Capital: Santo Domingo
  • Major Cities: Santiago de los Caballeros, Santo Domingo Oeste, Santo Domingo Este, San Pedro de Macorís

The Dominican Economy mainly relies on Tourism and Agriculture. Many persons are employed in the Agriculture Industry working as farmers cultivating crops such as bananas, vegetables, citrus fruits, yams just to name a few for export and local consumption.

They are also widely known for ecotourism. Only a tiny proportion of the GDP and the labour force depend directly on the nation’s mines, which produce mainly ferronickel (smelted ore that is nearly 40 percent nickel), gold, silver, and bauxite. Manufacturing accounts for roughly one-sixth of the GDP and an equal share of the workforce.

The Dominican Republic has a mixed economy based largely on services (including tourism and finance), trade, manufacturing, telecommunications, construction and agriculture. The government of this country spends heavily on farming and tourism and is ready to welcome investors that would help to boost these sectors.

  1. El Salvador
  • Official Currency: U.S. dollar
  • Major Language: Spanish
  • Other Languages Spoken: Nawat and Maya
  • Population: 6.378 million (2017)
  • Capital: San Salvador
  • Major Cities: Soyapango, Santa Ana, San Miguel

Following the attainment of civil peace in the 1990s, the Salvadoran economy boomed. El Salvador’s economy has been dominated by agriculture with coffee being the most important cash crop in the country. In 2017, the Salvadorian GDP based PPP was $57.88 billion, while GDP per capita based PPP was $7,600.

In 2012, nominal GDP was $23.99 billion. The country’s GDP growth rate in 2015 was 2.4%, and in 2016 the rate was 2.6%. Some of the largest industries in El Salvador include agriculture, tourism, and manufacturing, among others.

The El Salvador government is committed to free market initiatives, and the 2007 GDP’s real growth rate was 4.7%. The service sector is the largest component of GDP at 64.1%, followed by the industrial sector at 24.7% (2008 est.). Antiguo Cuscatlán has the highest per capita income of all the cities in the country, and is a center of international investment.

  1. Grenada
  • Official Currency: Eastern Caribbean Dollar (EC$)
  • Major Language: English
  • Other Languages Spoken: Grenadian Creole English and Grenadian Creole French
  • Population: 112,200 (July 2018)
  • Capital: Saint George’s
  • Major Cities: Gouyave, Grenville, Victoria, St. David’s

Grenada has a largely tourism-based, small, open economy. Over the past two decades, the economy has shifted from one that is agriculture-dominant into that of services-dominant, with tourism serving as the leading foreign currency earning sector. The country’s principal export crops are the spices nutmeg and mace.

Many potential property buyers, looking to invest in the Caribbean, are concerned about the weather. Grenada’s location ensures beautiful weather all year long. The island is located just below the hurricane belt, which gives you the ease of knowing your property will always be in good conditions. These are good reasons to look towards Grenada for investment.

  1. Guatemala 
  • Official Currency: The quetzal
  • Major Language: Spanish
  • Other Languages Spoken: Xinca, Garifuna
  • Population: 16,582,469 (2016)
  • Capital: Guatemala City
  • Major Cities: Ciudad de Guatemala,Villa Nueva, Mixico, and Petapa

Tourism has become one of the main drivers of the economy, with tourism estimated at $1.8 billion of the economy in 2008. Guatemala receives around two million tourists annually. In recent years, there has been an increase in the number of cruise ships visiting Guatemalan seaports, leading to higher tourist numbers.

Guatemala is the largest economy in Central America, with a GDP (PPP) per capita of US$5,200. Guatemala’s location is its greatest natural attraction and competitive advantage for foreign investment. Its geographical proximity to Mexico and Central America makes Guatemala a commerce bridge for a market of over 68 million people, on a production area of more than $319,000 million USD. These makes Guatemala a great country for investment.

  1. Haiti
  • Official Currency: Haitian gourde (HTG)
  • Major Language: French and Haitian Creole
  • Other Languages Spoken: Spanish, English
  • Population: 10.8 million
  • Capital: Port-au-Prince
  • Major Cities: Delmas, Pétionville, Port-de-Paix

Haiti is the world’s leading producer of vetiver, a root plant used to make luxury perfumes, essential oils and fragrances, and they provide about half the world’s supply. Roughly 40-50% of Haitians work in the agricultural sector. Haiti has a predominantly free market economy, with a GDP of $19.97 billion and per capital GDP of $1,800 (2017 estimates).

Haiti is one of the poorest in the Americas region, with poverty, corruption, political instability, poor infrastructure, lack of health care and lack of education cited as the main causes. Haiti ranked 145 of 182 countries in the 2010 United Nations Human Development Index, with 57.3% of the population being deprived in at least three of the HDI’s poverty measures.

Haiti’s future will be built on growth and development led by the private sector. To this end, the Embassy of Haiti works to promote, support, encourage and highlight those firms and individuals who advance that vision. The goal is to attract investors interested in undertaking public-private partnerships geared towards those four key investment areas.

  1. Honduras
  • Official Currency: Lempira (HNL)
  • Major Language: Spanish
  • Other Languages Spoken: Garifuna, Miskito, Sumo, Pech, and Jicaque
  • Population: 9.75 million (2019)
  • Capital: Tegucigalpa
  • Major Cities: San Pedro Sula, Choloma, La Ceiba

The economy of Honduras is based mostly on agriculture, which accounts for 14% of its gross domestic product (GDP) in 2013. Leading export coffee ($340 million) accounted for 22% of total Honduran export revenues. Bananas, formerly the country’s second-largest export until being virtually wiped out by 1998’s Hurricane Mitch, recovered in 2000 to 57% of pre-Mitch levels.

Cultivated shrimp is another important export sector. Since the late 1970s, towns in the north began industrial production through maquiladoras, especially in San Pedro Sula and Puerto Corts.

The Honduran economy grew 4.8% in 2000, recovering from the Mitch-induced recession (-1.9%) of 1999. Honduras’ political system favors investment by providing a legal framework that protects and promotes foreign investment. It also provides very favorable fiscal and legal incentives to facilitate exports. The annual flow of direct foreign investment was over 1.1 billion dollars in 2014. These factors encourage investments in the country.

  1. Jamaica
  • Official Currency: Jamaican dollar (sign: $; code: JMD)
  • Major Language: English
  • Other Languages Spoken: Jamaican Patois
  • Population: 2.9 million
  • Capital: Kingston
  • Major Cities: Portmore and Montego Bay

Like many Caribbean countries, Jamaica’s economy depends heavily on tourism. Upwards of 1.3 million tourists visit Jamaica each year, and services make up over half of the country’s economy. Mining and agriculture prop up other significant parts of the GDP. Jamaica is looking to expand its role as a major shipping hub, and in the last few years has entered into a partnership with China to become a major access node for the Americas.

Jamaica’s diversified market economy has accommodated over US$6 billion in foreign direct investments (FDI) over the past 10 years, mainly attributable to expanding investments in Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) and Tourism. Investment opportunities also available in traditional sectors like Agribusiness, Mining, Energy and Manufacturing, as well as exciting areas like Logistics, Film and Animation.

The Jamaican Government offers incentives such as easy payments methods, grace periods for tax payments and duty-free imports to foreign investors. The country has many assets, including its strategic geographical location, rich natural resources and a significant capacity to receive large numbers of tourists.

  1. Mexico
  • Official Currency: Mexican peso
  • Major Language: Spanish
  • Other Languages Spoken: Nahuatl, Yucatec Maya, Mixtec, Zapotec
  • Population: 129.2 million (2017)
  • Capital: Mexico City
  • Major Cities: Ecatepec City, Guadalajara City, Puebla City

The economy of Mexico is the 15th largest in the world in nominal terms and the 11th largest by purchasing power parity, according to the International Monetary Fund. The Mexican economy has had unprecedented macroeconomic stability, which has reduced inflation and interest rates to record lows and has increased per capita income.

The economy contains rapidly developing modern industrial and service sectors, with increasing private ownership. Recent administrations have expanded competition in ports, railroads, telecommunications, electricity generation, natural gas distribution and airports, with the aim of upgrading infrastructure.

As an export-oriented economy, more than 90% of Mexican trade is under free trade agreements (FTAs) with more than 40 countries, including the European Union, Japan, Israel, and much of Central and South America. Others reasons why investors can invest in Mexico is low labor cost, and its prime location as a country with numerous ports

  1. Nicaragua 
  • Official Currency: Nicaraguan córdoba
  • Major Language: Spanish
  • Other Languages Spoken: Nicaragua Creole, Garifuna, Mískito
  • Population: 6.218 million (2017)
  • Capital: Managua
  • Major Cities: León, Granada, Jinotega, Matagalpa, Chinandega, and Masaya

Nicaragua is considered the least developed in this region. It has a gross domestic product (GDP) of $19.89 billion based on its purchasing power. The economy saw 4.5% growth in 2010 thanks to a recovery in export demand and growth in its tourism industry. Nicaragua’s economy continues to post growth, with preliminary indicators showing the Nicaraguan economy growing an additional 5% in 2011.

The government knows the importance of foreign investment in Nicaragua. This is why it offers so many incentives to invest in Nicaragua. One of those incentives is the Tourism Industry Incentives Law. Nicaragua is offering tourism investors to pay no income or real estate taxes for ten years. This is one reason for investors to start a business in Nicaragua.

  1. Panama 
  • Official Currency: Panamanian Balboa
  • Major Language: Spanish
  • Other Languages Spoken: Wounaan, Teribe, Emberá, Kuna, and Ngöbe-Buglé (Guayamí)
  • Population: 4.099 million (2017)
  • Capital: Panama City
  • Major Cities: San Miguelito, Tocumen, David , Las Cumbres

Panama has a GDP of $44.69 billion, the third largest of any country in Central America. Its per capita GDP per capita of $20,300. Panama’s economy has experienced consistent growth in the recent past, with the growth rate being highest in 2007 at 12.1%.

Agriculture is a major industry in Panama and is responsible for 17% of the country’s GDP. The most important agricultural exports from Panama are bananas, shrimp, sugar, and coffee. Agriculture has been practiced in the country for centuries, aided by arable land and favorable climatic conditions.

Panama is a very popular place for companies to establish as their home country, due to the favorable tax laws and financial privacy. Offshore companies and their owners are exempt from corporate, withholding, income, capital gains, and estate taxes. These are good reasons for investors to look towards panama to start a business.

  1. Saint Kitts and Nevis 
  • Official Currency: Eastern Caribbean dollar
  • Major Language: English
  • Other Languages Spoken: Saint Kitts Creole
  • Population: 55,345 (2017)
  • Capital: Basseterre
  • Major Cities: Fig Tree, Market Shop, Saint Paul’s, Middle Island

The economy of Saint Kitts and Nevis has traditionally depended on the growing and processing of sugar cane, but decreasing world prices have hurt the industry in recent years. Tourism, export-oriented manufacturing, and offshore banking activity have assumed larger roles in growing the economy of the country.

Most food eaten in Saint Kitts and Nevis is imported. The government has undertaken a program designed to revitalize the faltering sugar sector. It is also working to improve revenue collection in order to better fund social programs

Several countries, including St. Kitts and Nevis, have adopted programs that allow the acquisition of citizenship on the basis of an investment and/or a direct contribution to the state as a means of developing the country. With its prominent citizenship by investment program, St. Kitts and Nevis is known for its wealth of overseas investment opportunities.

  1. Saint Lucia 
  • Official Currency: Eastern Caribbean dollar
  • Major Language: English
  • Other Languages Spoken: French Creole, Saint Lucian Creole
  • Population: 178,844 (2017)
  • Capital: Castries
  • Major Cities: Anse La Raye, Au Tabor, Babonneau, Bocage

Saint Lucia has a mixed economic system in which there is a variety of private freedom, combined with centralized economic planning and government regulation. Tourism is St Lucia’s main source of jobs and income, accounting for 65 percent of GDP, and the island’s main source of foreign exchange earnings. St Lucia has been able to attract foreign businesses and investment, especially in its offshore banking and tourism industries.

Saint Lucia has the newest and most exclusive Citizenship by Investment Program in the Caribbean. This means that you can gain citizenship just by investing in the country. Saint Lucia targets investments that can provide growth inducing linkages throughout the economy; add tremendous economic and social value; and continue to contribute to the sustainable development of the island.

  1. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 
  • Official Currency: Eastern Caribbean dollar
  • Major Language: English
  • Other Languages Spoken: Vincentian Creole, French Patois, Portuguese, and Bhojpuri
  • Population: 109,897 (2017)
  • Capital: Kingstown
  • Major Cities: Georgetown, Byera Village, Biabou

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines ranks 79th in the world by nominal GDP per capita (7,124 US$). Saint Vincent and the Grenadines has a small industrial sector, but one that has grown in importance in recent years. Most manufacturing revolves around food processing, such as rice milling and flour production, for the local and regional market.

Heavy investments in higher education in Information Technology is increasing investment prospects in this country. Value added services to telecommunications, Intellectual Property, Research & Development and Medical transcriptions, are areas for investments that can be pursued in St. Vincent and the Grenadines by investors.

  1. Trinidad and Tobago 
  • Official Currency: Trinidad and Tobago dollar
  • Major Language: English
  • Other Languages Spoken: Trinidadian English Creole, Tobagonian Creole and Trinidadian Hindustani
  • Population: 1.369 million (2017)
  • Capital: Port of Spain
  • Major Cities: Chaguanas, Mon Repos, San Fernando

Trinidad and Tobago is the wealthiest country in the Caribbean as well as the third-richest country by GDP (PPP) per capita in the Americas. It is recognized as a high-income economy by the World Bank. Unlike most of the English-speaking Caribbean, the country’s economy is primarily industrial, with an emphasis on petroleum and petrochemicals. The country’s wealth is attributed to its large reserves and exploitation of oil and natural gas.

The government of Trinidad & Tobago actively encourages foreign direct investment and traditionally welcomes investors. The myriad foreign companies operating in Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) span many economic sectors including banking, aviation, energy and manufacturing.

Along with being a major player in CARICOM (which has an estimated population of 6 million), Trinidad and Tobago is one of the most active economies in the Anglophone Caribbean. This alone is a good reason to invest in the country.

  1. United States of America
  • Official Currency: United States Dollar
  • Major Language: American English
  • Other Languages Spoken: Spanish, Chinese
  • Population: 327.2 million (2018)
  • Capital: Washington, D.C.
  • Major Cities: California, Florida, Oklahoma, Arizona, Texas

The economy of the United States is a highly developed market economy. It is the world’s largest economy by nominal GDP and the second-largest by purchasing power parity (PPP). It also has the world’s seventh-highest per capita GDP (nominal) and the eleventh-highest per capita GDP (PPP) in 2016.

The retail trade accounts for 6 percent of the nation’s GDP with a GDP value added of $905 billion. The retail industry is the largest employer in the United States, according to World Atlas, and 10 percent of total employment in the United States is in retail.

As a place to do business, the United States offers a predictable and transparent legal system, low taxes, outstanding infrastructure, and access to the world’s most lucrative consumer market. This alone is a good reason for an investor to invest in the United States.