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An Expat Talks about Living in Portsmouth, Ohio

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

Portsmouth

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

Many service clubs; Rotary Int'l, Kawanis, Lions ect. Singles? A few night clubs but Portsmouth is small enough that the best way to meet people of similar interest is from people at work or church.

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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.

I wouldn't describe Portsmouth has the Deep South but its not New York either. Probably somewhere in the middle. (Midwest ?)

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

Our major employers are the regional Hospital (Southern Ohio Medical Center), Shawnee State University, State of Ohio (2 correctional facilities, Osco Industries (Foundry) Portsmouth is a small town (25,000) and therefore not as many opportunities as more populated areas. Healthcare seems to be the career in most demand.

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

Family and friends first. Most of the people I associate with are young families with kids, their priorities are their families. Many of the people were born and raised here and have large families in the area.

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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.

Many people looking to get out of the rat race have moved to Portsmouth and love it. It's a very nice place to raise a family. Make sure your ready for small town life. The best compliment on Portsmouth came from my sister-in-law who recently move here from Cincinnati. "I love it here because everyone waves to you has you drive down the street".

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