'The Auto City', as the Michigan city of Flint has come to be known, is a reasonably small city of 100,000 and the county seat of Genesee County. The city was the birthplace of General Motors, the car manufacturer, as well as – ironically – the United Auto Workers labor union. As well as its important role in the growth of the American car industry, there is plenty for expats living in Flint to enjoy. Highlights of the city include a regular walking tour of downtown Flint, the Flint Farmers' Market, the Stepping Stones Falls and the Flint Institute of Arts. Every expatriate living in Flint should also look out for the city's various theatres, museums, the local symphony orchestra and even a planetarium, the Longway Planetarium. The city also has a university, Kettering University, and expats in Flint have plenty of churches, monuments and a few local libraries to explore as well.
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Considering the city's nickname and history, it is fitting that Flint is exceptionally well served by a number of major highways. Bus services connect it to Chicago and Detroit, both of which have major airports, and Amtrack provides a train service from Chicago. Perhaps the easiest way for expatriates moving to Flint to enter the city, though, is to take a connection flight to the Bishop International Airport – which, as is the case with many American 'international' airports, actually only flies to domestic destinations. Expats moving to Flint can find a good amount of additional information on expatriation in our online Expat Magazine, a collection of articles covering topics like international banking, living abroad and cultural shock. We also have content written by other InterNations members on our website, which often give useful insights into the ups and downs of expatriation, as well as some great hints and advice for future expatriates.
The city's economy is less centered around car manufacturing than it once was, and is becoming increasingly diversified. The city's size and center make it a pleasant place to be based and expats working in Flint will enjoy the humid continental climate. This brings warm, sunny days in the summer and often snowy winters, which give expatriates in Flint a fair chance of enjoying a classic American white Christmas. There is plenty to do after hours, including over three hundred restaurants serving a rich variety of world cuisines. Expats working in Flint can also get in touch with other global minds through the discussion groups and private communications on the InterNations website – it is common for expatriates to organize meet-ups or network in this way, and it isn't difficult to find or organize local events for the international community in Flint.