Concord is a fantastic place for expatriates to live if they love jazz. Dave Brubeck was born in the city and the Concord Record label was also founded there. Every year, Concord holds a jazz festival which expats living in Concord might like to get involved in. However, those interested in music will not only enjoy the jazz festival, but the free summer concerts as well. The city also has a military history, with the Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial honoring the memory of those who lost their lives in the Port Chicago disaster; the largest domestic loss of life during the second world war. Todos Santos was the original name of the city, and expatriates moving to Concord will probably get to know Todos Santos Plaza as it’s the main area of the city. A great tip for any expat living in Concord is the farmers’ market, where they can pick up fresh ingredients. Expats interested in exploring more of the food and drink scene in Concord can connect with other expats in Concord through InterNations, to maybe find a dinner buddy.
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Expatriates moving to Concord will find that the area around downtown has been redeveloped with comfort in mind, with apartments and condominiums, parks, restaurants and great transport links. Expats preferring something a little less modern may prefer the north or east of downtown where more traditional homes date back to before the Second World War, or southeast of downtown where residential buildings were built in the 1960s and 1970s. Expats moving to Concord can find other expatriates to connect with at InterNations, for example in order to gain essential information on everything from apartments to storage. When moving to a new city, it can be useful to hear from other expats on which neighborhoods might suit you best, and the InterNations platform enables you to make just those connections.
While Concord used to be known as a commuter town for people working in San Francisco and Oakland, in recent years more large corporations have moved to Concord which has led to a community of workers both living and working in the city. There is also a strong retail economy, with Sunvalley Mall being a hub. Concord has agricultural roots, with grapes, walnuts and tomatoes all once grown in the Californian climate. Wheat was also once a part of Concord’s history, with the Don Francisco Galindo House, a traditional Victorian ranch house, still being a tourist attraction today. Expats working in Concord can use the discussion groups and forums on InterNations to network and find essential information on visas and jobs.