Despite its name, Newport News is not the name of a local newspaper, but the name of the city itself. Situated on the east coast of America, in the state of Virginia, it was one of the first cities to be settled in the New World, and in the tradition of ‘New’ York and ‘New’ Jersey, was christened Newport ‘News’. City administrators have capitalized on this double meaning over the years, giving it the nickname: “The City of Good News.” For expats living in Newport News, the city is similar to most other small east coast locations in the US: old colonial architecture forms a backdrop to the city’s vast marina, while the smell of freshly-cooked seafood is often in the air. Expatriates with no experience of living in America can check out the InterNations discussion boards and forums to get an idea of what to expect.
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Expats moving to Newport News should make the Virginia Living Museum one of their first stops. This outdoor museum features a native wildlife part, science museum, aquarium, botanical preserve and a planetarium, and is the main tourist draw of Newport News. The local Mariner’s Museum is also a must-visit as it is one of the largest maritime museums in the States and an essential part of the local history. Before moving to Newport News, make sure you have all your paperwork, visas and permits in order. Non-Americans should be aware that health insurance and dental insurance are vital, and not always provided for within employment packages. Be aware of all your potential outgoings before setting up in the city, and budget accordingly. For more information on what to keep in mind when moving to a foreign country, check out the articles our Expat Magazine on InterNations.
Newport News is a busy city, with all the hustle and bustle that you would expect. But elements of the city are also reminiscent of a seaside village, where the pace of life is dictated by the currents. On stressful days, wander down to the marina for a lunchtime stroll, and breathe in the sea air to clear your head. At weekends, make the most of your proximity to the world-class beaches of Virginia and North Carolina. Working in Newport News offers the buzz of the city with the pleasure of seaside living. Read Expat Magazine for member contributed stories on how to manage the work/life balance as an expatriate in Newport News or any other foreign city for that matter, and speak to like-minded expats on the InterNations discussion boards and forums, for ideas on how to make the most of your time in a new city.