Which brings up a point worth emphasizing: wherever one goes to live and you can be seen as an outsider, work hard to become involved in the community. Be kind, generous with your time and help, and speak well of people behind their backs. Do everything you can to become an accepted part of the community and seen as an asset; it may pay dividends when bad times come.
Bugs Bunny: "I speak softly, but I carry a big stick."
Yosemite Sam: "Oh yeah? Well I speak LOUD! and I carry a BIGGER stick! and I use it, too!" BAM!