“MoVal”, or Moreno Valley, is situated east of Riverside County and north of Perris, in Southern California. The city is a dynamic and exciting place to live in, conveniently located within the Californian Golden Triangle of Los Angeles, San Diego and the Inland Empire, which is itself a major conurbation area. Moreno Valley is one of the fastest growing cities in the United States, thanks to inexpensive land prices and an excellent transport network with several major highways and a railroad link. The city has a very mixed population, with a significant Latino presence. As an expatriate living in Moreno Valley, the ability to converse fluently in Spanish would be an advantage, both socially and for employment purposes. South of the city lies the Lake Perris State Recreation Center, which offers guided hikes, camping, horseback riding, fishing and swimming facilities, as well as boating on the large lake. The nearby Riverside Art Museum houses Native American as well as modern art displays and visiting exhibitions. With a number of shopping malls, Moreno Valley is conveniently placed for all your needs. Expats living in Moreno Valley may register as members of InterNations, the global online community of expatriates. Members of InterNations have a wide variety of professional backgrounds, and offer support and friendship to other expats living in Moreno Valley, California, or any other city around the world.
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Moreno Valley shares the joint civilian and military air base to the southeast of the city with Perris, a few miles to the south. The city is at the heart of the transport links within the Inland Empire area, giving easy access to all major cities in California. Public transport is shared with nearby Riverside, and there are Greyhound long distance bus services operating from within the Inland Empire area. Moreno Valley is also served by the AMTRAK railroad network. Nevertheless, relocating to a new country can be a daunting prospect, even for the seasoned expat, with many deadlines and shipping procedures to meet, as well planning your own travel and accommodation arrangements. Often specific problems arise which need assistance from those who have been through the process of moving to Moreno Valley before. Getting in touch with fellow expatriates who have moved to Moreno Valley or within the Inland Empire area via the InterNations website should quickly provide answers to help you. For more general queries on the relocation process, the InterNations Expat Magazine contains a wealth of information on moving overseas and should give you reassurance and advice.
The economy of Moreno Valley has improved significantly since the loss of its military and aerospace industries, with a new air cargo port operating out of the town’s airbase, and a concentration on recreational vehicle construction, home construction, services, hospitality, manufacturing and warehouse-orientated industries. The World Logistics Center is a significant new development in Moreno Valley, bringing employment, housing and an improved infrastructure to the city. Members of InterNations working in Moreno Valley have the opportunity to network for business and social contacts of a similar professional standing in the city. Expatriates working within the Inland Empire area can organize their own social calendar with the help of the InterNations platform, including dining at one of the many restaurants in Moreno Valley together with fellow expats in Moreno Valley. Or maybe you would prefer to take a trip to the museums and the nearby Lake Perris State Recreation Center to enjoy the company of like-minded individuals.