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An Expat Talks about Living in Columbus, Ohio

What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

Columbus

What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?

Churches, fitness clubs, sports activities, non-profit activities, higher education classes. Many neighborhoods have organized get togethers.

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In terms of religious, racial, economic and cultural diversity, are the people of this city or town diverse? Are they accepting of differences? Describe.

Yes, we have no abnormal tensions among races and nationalities. The cultural community includes a symphony, opera, ballet, numberous choral groups, live theater, excellent library system, art museum, science museum and two restored theaters that host Broadway theater productions and many national and international groups. We also have two new large arenas and a soccor stadium plus an outdoor summer music center.

What are the main industries in this city? What types of career opportunities commonly exist? How do most people find new jobs?

The univeristy, insurance, financial services, light industrial, service, and growing technology interests. Columbus is the capitol of Ohio which generates a large variety of government jobs. What types of career opportunities commonly exist? Many in all fields including retail. How do most people find new jobs? A combination of family/friends referral, classified ads, search firms.

In general, what are peoples' priorities in this city? For example, do lives revolve around work, family, socializing, sports, etc.?

We believe peoples' lives revolve around family life including participating in sports and school activities. Spectator sports are also a high priority.

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If a friend of yours was thinking of moving to this city or town from far away, what other advice would you give them.

Come prepared to find a clean envirnoment with reasonable cost of living, professional and college sports, a diverse selection of restaurants including five star, good housing of all types, a great highway system, an international airport, convention center, mild weather, robust economy, friendly people, numerous non-profit and other organizations along many lines of interest.

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