What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?
What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?
DC Professionals -- for single professionals
Many sports clubs -- esp in the summer. Softball and Volleyball leagues are big. Running clubs. There are a lot of politically oriented clubs.
Also- art gallery openings, smithsonian activities. Embassy events. Festivals during the summer on the mall and in the local areas of city. DC is a very transient city-- people constantly moving in and moving out.
People also see it as short term, and are here for their career advancement and enhancement.
In terms of religious, racial, economic and cultural diversity, are the people of this city or town diverse? Are they accepting of differences? Describe.
Very diverse, although still conservative. The "diferences" tend to find a
niche in certain areas of the city. Cap Hill, dupont Circle, Adams Morgan,
georgetown. Several universities also cater to a younger, and diverse crowd.
There is definite racial division and at times tension - black vs white.
What are the main industries in this city? What types of career opportunities commonly exist? How do most people find new jobs?
Politics and government are big. Lobbying and law firms are big. Also IT companies.
In general, what are peoples' priorities in this city? For example, do lives revolve around work, family, socializing, sports, etc.?
Mainly revolve around work, which leads to socializing. The socializing is
geared toward networking, lobbying, etc. Not so much family oriented. Many children attend private schools.
If a friend of yours was thinking of moving to this city or town from far away, what other advice would you give them.
Take it in stride. Most people don't like it at first or only plan on being here temporarily. These same people end up staying years, or their entire career, and can't seem to leave. It quickly grows on you and becomes home.
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