Thirty miles from the city of London lies Chelmsford, the county town of Essex. Expatriates living in Chelmsford will find the pace of life easy and the community atmosphere peaceful, with sights like the central park's 18-arch Victorian railway viaduct, an 800 year old market and the Shire Hall to explore. Although small, with around 110,000 residents and the smallest cathedral in Great Britain (the Church of St. Mary the Virgin), Chelmsford was granted city status in 2012 by Queen Elizabeth II. The town has existed since the Norman invasion of England, though, and even appears in the famous Domesday Book, a list of everything of value in England as written by the conquering Normans. And although many people living in Chelmsford – 'Chelmsfordians' – now commute to London, the city also has an important place in history as the birthplace of radio. This is understandably a source of pride for the local community and has become a common nickname for the city.
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As the city is only thirty miles from London, expatriates moving to Chelmsford from abroad will almost certainly come through a London airport. From the capital, there are regular trains as well as the A12, which runs straight into Chelmsford but can often be quite congested. The climate, as everywhere in England, is nothing to write home about – but the town has a comfortable charm and expats in Chelmsford generally enjoy an easy lifestyle. Expats moving to Chelmsford can get hints and information to make their move easier in our Expat Magazine, a collection of articles on expat finance, insurance and other aspects of living abroad. We also have a number of pieces written by other InterNations members who have moved to towns like Chelmsford, for on-the-ground tips and anecdotal accounts.
Expatriates working in Chelmsford enjoy a good working environment with excellent public services and a generally high standard of living. The city's economy is small and many people living in Chelmsford also commute to the capital, so working life there is generally calm. That being said, the town has a lively spirit – in fact, a popular show on England's Channel 4 named it the eight best place to live in the United Kingdom. You'll also inevitably find yourself venturing out to the capital before long. Expatriates working in Chelmsford may well find, nevertheless, that they would like to get in touch with other global minds – and the InterNations website is the perfect way to do this. Our discussion groups, forums and private message system make meeting other international expatriates in Chelmsford and the region easy. And with London just around the corner, organizing a meet-up, getting information on things to do or networking with other expats working in Chelmsford shouldn't take you too long either.