'Big Money Texas' Beaumont is the county seat of Jefferson County, Texas. From its founding in the 1830s, it has been an entrepreneurial town and the Beaumont community's business spirit is still going strong today – the city’s daily newspaper is tellingly called The Beaumont Enterprise. Today a city of some 120,000, it boasts a major port, a university and quite a few successful companies – but there’s more to life in Beaumont than business. Downtown Crockett Street is a favorite with locals – there’s a great evening buzz here with bars, live music and dancing venues. The city also has a major art museum, the Art Museum of Southeast Texas, and expats with a love of nature have the Beaumont Botanical Gardens to enjoy. In fact, expatriates in Beaumont will find a great collection of museums, two theatres, a downtown historical district and the annual South Texas State Fair, which has been held in the city for over a hundred years.
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As a major port city and one of three cities that make up the Gulf Coast’s Golden Triangle, it’s hardly surprising that Beaumont is easy to get to. The Jack Brooks Regional Airport is nine miles from town, there's a regular train service and daily shuttle buses operate between Beaumont and two international airports. Expatriates moving to Beaumont can find plenty of travel tips on the InterNations website and the Expat Magazine is replete with articles on a good range of topics from expat finance and insurance to working abroad and the experiences of other expats. We also have a good collection of content from our members, which will give you an idea of what to expect as an expat living in Beaumont or elsewhere in the US. Overall, though, expats in Beaumont can expect to find a friendly, welcoming town with plenty to do and little in terms of travel issues to worry about.
This is a city built from the start on entrepreneurialism and a business mindset, which makes working in Beaumont a stimulating experience. It’s also a friendly town, with plenty to do to unwind after work in the evenings, and a generous subtropical climate. There is also a strong sports scene in the city, with baseball, basketball, various golf courses and a mile long nature trail if you’re not feeling too energetic. Expatriates in Beaumont who’d like to meet other global minds shouldn’t have too much trouble doing so – you can use InterNations’ discussion groups, forums and private communications to get in touch with other expatriates and organize meet-ups. It’s also a great way to get information on life in Beaumont, and with the help of the local international community, it shouldn’t be long before you’re settled in and getting used to the pace of life in Beaumont.