Mobile is the third largest city in the US state of Alabama, and is one of the largest cities on the Gulf Coast. It is known by its nickname ‘the Port City’ due to its location as the only saltwater port in Alabama, and as one of the largest ports in the US. A city popular with tourists, it has also plenty to offer an expatriate living in Mobile, with a wide variety of museums, parks and more. Some of the most popular spots include the Battleship Memorial Park which is the location of the USS Alabama, as well as the historic Fort Conde, a great welcome center as well as a living history museum. Expats living in Mobile will also be able to experience cultural activities such as carnivals and the annual Mardi Gras celebration, as well as take advantage of theatre, music and a lively nightlife.
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Mobile is regarded as a fantastic city for people to live in, with the cost of living being relatively low compared to other US cities, whilst the quality of life is high. Housing is therefore affordable for both buying and renting. There are a number of private and public school as well as colleges and universities for any expat moving to Mobile with a family, including the University of South Alabama which offers education in a number of different disciplines including medicine and the arts. Travelling around the city is easy for expats living in Mobile, with a great bus network running through the city. It is possible to travel to other areas of the US by rail, road and air, too. Like other Gulf Coast cities, Mobile has a warm climate, with hot and humid summers whilst winters tend to be milder with some rain. Expatriates moving to mobile can find out more information on housing, transport and education by joining InterNations and communicating with fellow expats who may be able to provide useful information about the city.
There are a number of industries present in the city, and expatriates working in Mobile may find employment in areas such as steel, ship building, aerospace, medicine, construction and more. Mobile is also the base of a number of high profile manufacturers and shipping has similarly a great economic impact of the city, meaning there are opportunities to work in this industry as well as those associated with it. Other popular areas of employment include education, judiciary and healthcare. Expats in Mobile can benefit from joining InterNations, a platform that is providing communication and networking opportunities with fellow expats who may be able to share real, valuable information about moving to Mobile as well as making the settling in process easier and more understandable for those new to the area.