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An Expat Talks about Living in Gloucester, Massachusetts

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

Gloucester

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

Beach, water sports(sailing,fishing, etc.), Local sports teams(little league, pee wee football, etc.)

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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.

Gloucester is not the most diverse city in terms of religion, race, or culture. The culture is predominantly Italian and Portugese. Religion is predominantly Catholic. The people are mostly middle to upper middle class, but there are wealthy and poor areas as well.

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

Gloucester is a fishing town, so there are opportunities on the docks or boats sometimes. It is primarily a blue collar city. Some one may find a job in construction, carpentry, or other blue collar jobs. There are many restaraunts in Gloucester also. Many residents commute into Boston for work. I think the train ride is less than an hour.

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

I would say family is very important in Gloucester, but it is technically an island so the ocean also has a major role in people's lives. Great food is also a big 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.

East Gloucester is a nice part of the city to live and its close to downtown. West Gloucester is also nice but a little further away from down town.

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