Expatriates moving to Grand Prairie mustn't be alarmed to learn that this Texan city of some 175,000 people is nicknamed 'Gun Point'. Proud of its Texan heritage, independent spirit and wild past, the city is now generally thought of as a residential and industrial suburb of Dallas. The city is set in lush, expansive plains with a humid subtropical climate, giving expats in Grand Prairie plenty of good weather and outdoors space to enjoy. Expatriates living in Grand Prairie also have a number of parks to enjoy in the city center, such as the Cedar Hill State Park, which offers fishing, camping, hiking and biking trails, the Lone Star Park and the GPX Skate Park. There are a number of theatres, notably the Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie and the old Uptown Theatre in the city's downtown, which has recently been renovated and reopened. The downtown is something expats living in Grand Prairie must see during the winter, its Christmas lights display famous throughout Texas.
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While the city's independent Texas mindset makes it a free spirited and enjoyable place to live, the rejection of politicians of a public transport system back in the 1980s means that the city has no public transport to speak of. Fortunately for expats moving to Grand Prairie, though, the city is located just next door to the DFW International Airport, one of the best-served airports in terms of international flights in the region. Nevertheless, expatriates moving to Grand Prairie will generally find themselves required to drive to get around, as this is a city built with the automobile in mind, so you might be interested in the articles on transport and driving in the USA on the InterNations website. We also have a good selection of articles on broader expatriation topics in our Expat Magazine, covering issues like expat finance, insurance, living abroad and so forth. We've also go content written by other InterNations members on their experiences of expatriation, for a more 'on the ground' sneak preview of the sort of things you can look forward to as an expatriate in Grand Prairie.
As mentioned, many expatriates working in Grand Prairie will find having a car makes getting around far easier. The city's economy is based in large part on a strong manufacturing industry, with high-value military industries including Lockheed Martin, Vought Aircraft Industries and Siemens employing many locals. Several high profile companies such as American Eurocopter also have their headquarters there. Expatriates in Grand Prairie can get in touch with local global minds and other expats working in Grand Prairie on the InterNations website – our discussion groups, forums, and private messages are a popular method for expats to socialize with their local international community, network and organize meet-ups. Local expats in Grand Prairie are also an ideal source of information on the latest things to see and do in the city.