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An Expat Talks about Living in Princeton, New Jersey

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

Princeton

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

What activities aren't here?! Princeton of course has the university in town, which lends itself to all kinds of exciting opportunities. For the arts lover, there is McCarter Theater, there are newcomer's clubs, playgroups, Princeton athletics, etc. Anyone who makes some kind of effort to meet other people will find it easy to do so.

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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.

This is a very, very diverse city. I have seen every race and religion, and heard many languages spoken in Princeton. It is one of the greatest things about University towns.

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

Bristol Meyers and Dow Jones have offices nearby. The University obviously is an employer. Johnson & Johnson, Merck and other companies are not far off, either. Lots of small businesses provide ample opportunities for qualified individuals. Most people that move into the area seem to be either related to the school or have been transferred by a large company. Lots of telecom nearby, too. Most people get jobs through networking and headhunters.

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

It varies, as the University introduces and element that is mostly interested in academic pursuits, but it probably revolves around family and work. There is definitely a social aspect to the community, which can be accessed through organizations related to your individual interests.

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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.

Get here fast! There is so much to do, and it truely is so easy to meet others. It has an international populace and it makes it so enriching. The schools here are extremely competitive, which should come as no surprise. The only problem you'll have is deciding what to get involved with. There is some crime, but not enough to worry about.

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