Corona, a medium-sized southern Californian city a little over a century old, gets both its name and its nickname, 'The Circle City', from the perfectly circular Grand Boulevard street which encloses the center of the town. The quirky city of some 150,000 was founded as a citrus growing settlement and once called itself the 'Citrus Capital of the World'. Ironically, this perhaps wishful claim to global fame has now been supplanted by a far more credible boast – expatriates living in Corona will be delighted to find themselves based in the same city as Fender, the legendary guitar company. Manufacturing top-end guitars is one of Corona's most notable industries and a visit to the Fender Center, a complex containing a guitar museum, a banquet facility and a concert venue, is a must. Expats in Corona also have a variety of other curiosities to discover, including the Perris Valley Historical Museum and an extensive lemon exhibit.
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Corona is situated in dramatic surroundings, at the top end of the Santa Ana River Canyon. As this is the only route through the Santa Ana Mountains, the city is well served by road and rail links. There is also a small airport, the Corona Municipal Airport, but this does not offer chartered flights and expatriates moving to Corona will more than likely get to the city on land. This is just as well – the scenery is spectacular. Expats moving to Corona can find plenty of expatriation-related tips and general information in the Expat Magazine, a collection of articles on topics including expat finance, insurance and living abroad. This can be found on the InterNations website, as can a good selection of additional content written by InterNations members. It can often be helpful, as well as enjoyable, to read about the experiences of other expatriates in Corona and similar cities.
The city's population has grown fast over the last decade, drawn by a strong economy and a high standard of living. Services such as healthcare and education are good, while a warm Mediterranean climate is another significant attraction to global minds and international expatriates working in Corona. The city's most noteworthy employer is Fender and Monster energy drinks, also popular worldwide, are also based in the city. Expats working in Corona have plenty of shopping and entertainment to enjoy after working hours, of course, and you can get in touch with other expatriates in Corona using the discussion groups, forums and private communications on the InterNations website. Meet-ups are often organized through our website, but you can get information, network or simply socialize online as well. With an international outlook and significant global industries, it shouldn't be long before you have found the city's international community and settled into life in Corona, the city of lemons, guitars and the boulevard that forms a mile-wide circle.