Norman sits just outside the Oklahoma City limits, making it a popular environment for Oklahoma City commuters who can’t afford a city center property, but don’t want to lose that city buzz. However, Norman is a city in its own right, albeit a much smaller version than the state’s capital. It is in Norman that you will find the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, and the National Weather Center. The Santa Fe Depot in Norman city center is a living testament to the city’s origin as a railroad town, and the depot is still used for community functions today. Expats living in Norman can expect to benefit from the excellent local schools and the abundance of outdoors space, including the nearby Lake Thunderbird National Park. While families will love living in Norman, young expat couples and singles can make the most of the peaceful weekdays, before tearing it up in Oklahoma City at the weekends.
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Moving to Norman as an expatriate should not be a daunting experience. As long as you have the correct working visas and permits, and are prepared to follow the laws and social norms of modern day American life, you will be greeted with a good old fashioned Oklahoma smile. Oklahoma is a relatively conservative American state, with a strong emphasis on family values and the Christian church. There is a strong gun culture in Oklahoma, so don’t be alarmed if your neighbors invite you in to admire their new piece! If you are an expat used to living in more liberal states, you may find life in Oklahoma to be a bit of an adjustment, so speak to fellow expatriates via the InterNations website before moving to Norman, and get a sense of what to expect from life in the Deep South.
As with most American cities, a car is a necessary evil if you are living and working in Norman. Not only will you require your own transport to and from work every day, but you will want to make the most of the stunning nearby national parks at the weekends, and maybe even venture further south during holidays. Working in Norman is like working in any other US city – expats in Norman will find that the typical day starts at 9am and ends at 5pm, and weekends are free. The average American employee gets around two weeks’ vacation time each year, plus national holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas. To find out more about working conditions in America, and in Oklahoma in particular, check out the InterNations discussion boards and forums as well as InterNations’ content section.