Stoke-on-Trent is a city of around 250,000 residents in Staffordshire, England. It is an oddly elongated city, having originally been a string of six separate towns. Known as "The Potteries," it was once the center of the UK’s pottery industry, a history that can be enjoyed in the Gladstone Pottery Museum today. Expats living in Stoke-on-Trent could choose to set up home in one of the city’s six original towns, each with its own distinct character. The city is conveniently situated midway between Manchester and Birmingham and is adjoined to the east by the beautiful Peak District. For those who prefer more controlled nature, Biddulph Grange Garden offers an extraordinary sight, with many different continents and landscapes all represented on the grounds. There is much to learn about the modern city and new expats living in Stoke-on-Trent can find out much more from those in the know at the InterNations online community for expatriates.
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Stoke-on-Trent is situated close to the main M6 north-south motorway in the west of the country. The A50, meanwhile, provides a link to the east and the M1. The city is connected by the West Coast Main Line between London and Manchester. The city is also well served by the UK’s canal network and expatriates moving to Stoke-on-Trent will benefit from an extensive network of cycle paths. Stoke-on-Trent is furthermore close to a number of airports, with Manchester Airport the nearest at 38 miles. However, East Midlands, Birmingham and Liverpool John Lennon Airport are also all within a radius of 50 miles or so. The city is home to four higher education institutions and two further education colleges and many an academic expatriate has moved to Stoke-on-Trent to work and study in these institutions. InterNations, the largest international online expat community, provides discussion groups and forums where expats in Stoke-on-Trent can network and forge new friendships.
Pottery and ceramics have dominated the economy of Stoke-on-Trent for hundreds of years. Although much declined, there are still many pottery firms in the area. The service sector has increased and road improvements have seen Stoke-on-Trent become an important distribution center. There is also a large retail sector focused on the Potteries Shopping Centre and the leisure industry has similarly become increasingly important. Expats working in Stoke-on-Trent may have been drawn by any of these industries and once arrived they can use the community at InterNations to discover more economic opportunities in the area and make new business connections. Expat Magazine complements these online resources by offering a host of articles and advice on the expatriate lifestyle in general.