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You would need to take into consideration the social climates and attitudes of both countries. For one, if you were working in Switzerland you will always be looked at as a foreigner, no matter how well you integrate. Then there is the whole language issue and the attitude towards people coming from a non-native speaking background.
If you were to work in the US for the same amount of time as in Switzerland, you would be able to acquire more material goods (ie. a house) which is somewhat an unfathomable thought in Switzerland because of the high cost etc.
Think of simple life matters such as laundry and shopping for instance..There are no laundromats and as most people rent, you would most likely need to adhere to a laundry schedule. In terms of shopping, it's a nightmare. There are no 24h stores and unless you live in Zurich, store opening hours are rather stringent and the quality of the procude is inferior and the choices of goods are rather limited. These are just 2 simple factors which tend to bother me a lot but are definitely worthwhile taking into account. One big advantage of living in Switzerland are the holidays, as you would most likely get more vacation days here than in the US. This being said, I would choose the US over Switzerland for your particular scenario.
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All GREAT points Lost-inbroad. All factors that I wish I knew before coming here!
IMO, If I were the OP - working in IT and only speaking English, i would move to the US in a heartbeat. In the Bay Area, there are TONS of IT/web jobs, a much friendlier and open culture. And you don't need to be fluent in multiple languages to get a job or communicate with people. Bay Area is still leading in terms of IT, tech innovation, business entrepreneurship, etc.
I'm sorry, you simply cannot compare San Francisco Bay Area or Silicon Valley to the entire "rest of the US." No comparison... More companies are now beginning to offer better packages such as 4 weeks off per year (in addition to an average 10 paid holidays per year) Many are launching nice benefits like paid Paternity leave programs for employees as well. True, houses are not "cheap" in the Bay Area, but the cost of living in US is MUCH MUCH cheaper than Switzerland...!!!!
The weather is mild and glorious year round (averages about 18 C /65-70 F degrees - no snow/freezing temps and rarely ever rains!) Within 2-3 hours, you can Ski/hike in the mountains, or visit the ocean coast/beach or Lake Tahoe, see beautiful Redwood forests, National parks, or go wine tasting in Napa. An hour flight you are south where it is super warm & sunny, you can vacation cheaply in Mexico or Hawaii. There is something for everyone to do (no matter what your interest or hobby!)
Stores and restaurants are open normal hours and on Sundays!! The diversity of culture and ethnicity is so great (truly a melting pot), amazing restaurants, arts scene, landscapes, it's a special place. lol, I think I've just convinced myself to move back!!