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- Brian Norris
When first moving to Washington, D.C., I didn't know many people outside of the office. InterNations has changed that with some exciting events.
Living in Palmdale
The city of Palmdale is situated in the northern part of Los Angeles County, California. This geographical location means that summers are extremely hot and dry with lucky residents experiencing an average of over 300 days of sunshine per year. Such a prolonged period of heat may be difficult for newly arrived expatriates in Palmdale to adjust to, however, and it is also in an area prone to high-intensity earthquakes. To get advice on the day-to-day realities of living in Palmdale, expats are offered the opportunity to contact other globally-minded people (or Palmdale locals) through InterNations. We provide a platform for expatriates to exchange information and pose questions about specific aspects of life to people who have experienced it themselves. Luckily, Palmdale is an interesting American city with lots to do and see so it’s difficult to feel bored there. It is also home to the fantastic Crystalaire Airport, which offers a handy connection to the outside world for expats living in Palmdale who are keen travelers. There is a high quality of life in Palmdale and it is a family-orientated place to live in. Nevertheless, having a like-minded support network is always useful to have and InterNations offers exactly that.
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Moving to Palmdale
Palmdale is a fast growing city with a lot of opportunities for people looking to start a new life. Land is relatively inexpensive and tax-breaks are offered to companies relocating to the city so that residents do not have to rely on employment prospects in the Los Angeles basin. The Palmdale motto is “A Place to Call Home”, which is a fitting tag-line. As English is the primary language in Palmdale, it isn’t as difficult to arrange moving there as it would be if you were relocating to a country with a less widely spoken language. There are vast cultural differences between English-speaking countries, however, so relocating to the US as an expatriate may still be a daunting endeavor. InterNations provides useful advice in our Expat Magazine, which is designed to help you adjust to your new living situation. Practical information on expat issues, such as culture shock, how to look for accommodation, finance related issues, insurance and repatriation, is readily available to help you adjust to your life abroad. Support and guidance is further available from InterNations members before you’ve even boarded a plane.
Working in Palmdale
Palmdale, known as “The Aerospace Capital of America”, is renowned for its research, testing and development of aircraft for global airlines, NASA and the United States Airforce. This provides a vast amount of enterprise and employment prospects for expatriates new to working in Palmdale. State and federal tax breaks and municipal grant incentives were also put into effect for companies moving to Palmdale to encourage economic growth. This means that there are plenty of opportunities for expats wishing to relocate a business to the area, as well as a wealth of existing job potentials. Networking can be invaluable when looking to build a working life as an expat, which is where InterNations is able to help. We provide a platform for you to find and get in touch with people in a similar situation to you. The InterNations community is an invaluable resource for expats to network, socialize and maybe even arrange social events with other expatriates in Palmdale. And once you’re all settled in your new life in Palmdale, you can be the one to share handy tips related to working or job hunting with people who could benefit from your expertise.
- Caroline Stiles
In such an international city such as Washington, D.C. InterNations holds great events for everyone to network and enjoy themselves.