A new study shows that more U.S. citizens than ever before are living outside of the United States.
Statistics from the State Department indicate that about 6.4 million Americans are either working or studying overseas, the largest number in history.
Surveys conducted by Gallup of 135 nations outside the United States found that numbers of Americans leaving the country have skyrocketed only in recent years. In the two years before polling began, the number of Americans between the ages of 25 and 34 living abroad surged from about 1 percent to more than 5.1 percent.
Among 18 to 24-year-olds, nearly 40 percent say that they would leave the United States if they had the opportunity to find work elsewhere.
Many experts say that the growing trend is the result of college-educated Americans being able to find higher-paying jobs in foreign countries.
Columnist and researcher Bob Adams wrote in a recent piece entitled The Great Escape:
This is a dangerous time for the United States, and not just because of the lingering Great Recession. Young adult Americans are packing their bags and heading out of the country in astonishing numbers. Many more are turning their minds in that direction.
Adams contends that a feeling of hopelessness over the massive debt being left for future generations in America is driving the trend.