Clearwater is a city in Pinellas County, Florida. It is situated on the Gulf of Mexico, and Clearwater beach is regarded as one of the most beautiful in the state. The city is popular with tourists looking to avoid the mainstream holiday destinations in Florida. The city name "Clear Water" comes from the discovery of fresh water springs flowing near where the modern day City Hall building is located. Many other freshwater springs are present around the bay and harbor area, which attract a diverse range of wildlife. There are a number of wildlife reserves, and one of the largest wild bird sanctuaries in the country. So as you can see, there is plenty to discover for expats living in Clearwater.
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In the 2010 census, the city had a population of more than 107,600, and it is a popular destination for expatriates, with many people moving to Clearwater from Europe and around the world. Data from 2000 indicated that French, Italian, Greek and German native speakers each accounted for about 1% of the population of Clearwater and there is also a significant Hispanic population living in Clearwater; expats moving to Clearwater will find themselves in good company. If you are planning to be such an expat, you can find out more about moving to a new country and expatriation in general, including info on important issues such as like tax, international insurance, and culture shock, in InterNations’ Expat Magazine. As a member of the InterNations community, you can furthermore share experiences and advice with other expats living and working around the world, including in the United States, via our message boards, forums and discussion groups.
Most of the early settlers in Clearwater were farmers, who came to the area in the mid-1800s, to take up the offer of the Federal Armed Occupation Act. In World War II, the area became an important training base for United States troops, prior to their deployment to the Pacific and Europe. Nowadays, some of the biggest employers in Clearwater include the Morton Plant Hospital, and the city is also home to offices of two major Fortune 500 companies. Tech Data Corporation is a technology product wholesaler, with its Headquarters in Clearwater, and Honeywell International, while headquartered in New Jersey, also has a large base in the city. Ranked 119th and 77th respectively on the Fortune 500, these two companies not only produce or sell a wide range of consumer and commercial products, but also generate job opportunities for both locals and expatriates in Clearwater.