Montgomery is the capital of the US state of Alabama and is also its second largest city. It is known by its nickname as 'The Gump' and is an important center for the government and military. Expats living in Montgomery will find that the city has a diverse culture, and that there are a number of fantastic sights and attractions to visit, including the Civil War Memorial, the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts and the Montgomery Zoo. There are also a number of theatres present in the area as well as the city being home to the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra and the host of the annual Alabama Shakespeare Festival. There is a lively music scene in the city, and expats living in Montgomery will find that there are a number of music venues, as well as dedications to some of the city's notable artists such as Nat King Cole and Zelda Fitzgerald. Sport is also popular in Montgomery, with baseball and the Montgomery Biscuits in particular being well-known in the city.
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Expatriates moving to Montgomery will find that the city has a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, and the cost of living in Montgomery is lower than the US average. The city is home to a number of public and private schools, therefore ideal for expats moving to Montgomery with families, and it is also home to Alabama State University. Montgomery is easy to access by other areas of Alabama, as well as other states by road, rail and air. Within the city itself is a reliable public transport system consisting of a high number of bus routes which makes it possible to commute to work easily. If you are an expatriate moving to Montgomery, you should sign up on InterNations, a fantastic online community which will put you in touch with fellow expats from all over the world who may be able to provide information on moving to Montgomery as well as answer common queries about being an expat in a new city.
Located in the Black Belt, Montgomery has a number of thriving industries and is a large producer of products such as peanuts, cotton and soybeans and is in fact one of the major suppliers of these products in the US. Other areas of employment which expatriates working in Montgomery may find opportunities in include government work, education, transport, manufacturing and more. The area has a very diverse economy and therefore there are many areas in which expats in Montgomery may find work and salaries in Montgomery also tend to be higher than the state average. To get more information about working in Montgomery, expatriates should join InterNations where they can connect with likeminded individuals who have the experience of moving and living in new cities and may be able to provide information about working in Montgomery, as well as Alabama and the US in general.