Moving to Los Angeles

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Moving to Los AngelesNicknamed the "City of Angels", expats moving to Los Angeles (LA), will encounter the USA at its vibrant, bewildering best as the second biggest city in the country. Los Angeles provides a counterweight to the erect, curt and dense cities of the east coast. It spreads lethargically across huge sections of desert coastline, showing the best of life in America.

Golden beaches and beautiful people project a glamorous LA culture that resonates around the world. This “centre of the earth” type ambience inspires ultra-modern trends, cutting edge entertainment, trendy restaurants and vibrant nightlife.

Unfortunately such extreme beauty is not without a price. In stark contrast to its attractive and relaxed, suntanned, coastal lifestyle, LA has under-funded schools, high crime rates, and large ghettos.

A very diverse population spread over such a large area has created microcosms of city within city. These insular neighbourhoods can offer expats a sense of community within an expansive area. However, everyone must endure some realities of living within the greater LA metropolis, such as terrible air quality and extremely long commutes across a city with a notoriously ill-fated system of public transportation.

The residents of Los Angeles are a health-conscious bunch and, as a result, expats moving to the city will find a number of great healthcare facilities available to them, providing they possess fully-comprehensive health insurance. Expats should note that while the standard of hospitals and medical treatment in LA is excellent, it does come with a hefty price tag.

The city also has a diverse business community, with industries tapping into nearly every sector of America's economy as well as overseas markets. While the business culture in LA might be a little more relaxed than one would find along the east coast, expats moving to the city for job opportunities will find that the world of work is still very competitive. 

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