Based in Orange County, California, Costa Mesa has grown since its incorporation in 1953; the city has developed from a small farming community into an edge city that relies on commerce and the manufacturing industries. Known to the locals as 'the city of the arts', Costa Mesa has some unbeatable cultural offerings. The Starlight Theatre, for example, enjoys international renown for its fantastic performances and is a brilliant place to spend time if you're interested in the arts. If you're more interested in the sights and sounds of the fair, then the Orange County Fairgrounds will serve you well - the wide variety of food, games and rides could keep you entertained for days. Living in Costa Mesa as an expatriate might seem daunting or confusing at first, but with the help of the InterNations community, the forum posts to browse through and its Expat Magazine, you'll have no problem acclimatizing quickly.
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One of the biggest hurdle expats moving to Costa Mesa will face is making that initial jump overseas. Moving anywhere in the world can be hard, and Costa Mesa is no exception, but an InterNations membership can simplify the matter. Thousands of expatriates just like yourself post in the discussion threads and forums every day. These posts are on topics such as geography and politics, travel, small talk, lifestyle and fashion, science and many more. If you have a serious question about moving to Costa Mesa, there will be a like-minded expat who will be more than willing to help. No matter what your query, there is bound to be an InterNations member that has had a similar experience. And you can also use the private messaging system to get in touch other members if you feel more comfortable conversing privately.
Once you've settled down and used the forums, e.g. to find a suitable school for the children and a nice place to live, it is time to conquer the all-important career. Working in Costa Mesa is no harder, but also no easier, than working anywhere else in the world. On your first day you might feel stressed or confused about the cultural barriers, or the different business etiquette they have in Costa Mesa. Top employers in Costa Mesa include the Coast Community College District Foundation, Experian and the Orange Coast College. The economy relies heavily on services and retail, so you shouldn't struggle to find a job. Plus, our Expat Magazine has articles that make working abroad for expatriates a simplified process, pointing out some of the idiosyncrasies and quirks of foreign office life. There are also articles on taxation, setting up a bank overseas and much more aimed at working expatriates in Costa Mesa and across the globe.