This Californian city of around 215,000 people appeared on the map in the 1950s, when a number of smaller towns were merged and incorporated, and named after the American explorer John Fremont. Despite being a relatively new city, expats living in Fremont will find the city already has a nickname, 'The Great Pathfinder', and there is a progressive, forward-looking feel to the place. There are few cities in the United States with quite such an international demographic, with a true mix of cultures and nationalities, an especially large Asian population – more than 50% – and the largest Afghan American community in the United States. The city has many distinct neighborhoods, as can be expected, and expatriates living in Fremont can especially get a taste of the traditional townscape in the Niles district, which has a number of attractions, such as the Niles Canyon Railway and the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum, well work visiting.
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Fremont is well connected by a number of Interstate Freeways and by a regional rail service. Expatriates moving to Fremont will probably find that the easiest way to get to the city is generally to fly into San Francisco and make the relatively short journey on to Fremont by bus, train or taxi. There is a plentiful supply of additional information for expats moving to Fremont on general expatriation topics on the Expat Magazine section of our InterNations website. You can find articles there on a range of topics from cross-cultural communication to living abroad, all of which should give you a good idea what to expect when you arrive as an expatriate in Fremont or any other foreign city. We also have a selection of articles written by InterNations members, who paint a personal picture of the highs and lows of expatriation.
The city has a diverse local economy, as is to be expected from an urban area formed from the incorporation of a number of nearby settlements. The Mission San José district is a charming older area, so named after the Spanish mission which arrived here several hundred years ago, and is now an affluent professional neighborhood with some of the best schools in the region. The Central District has a strong retail sector and several health centers. Bayside is the industrial district, Warm Springs is a commercial center and the list goes on – each area has its own specialty, making for a vibrant and convenient working community. Expatriates working in Fremont may like to get in touch with other global minds, and as there is a strong international community here this shouldn't be too difficult. The discussion groups and private messages on our InterNations website is an easy way to find other expats working in Fremont, organize a meet up or simply get in touch with the local international network.