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Expats moving to Perth will soon discover the many charms of Australia’s fourth-largest and fastest-growing city. Perth is the capital of Western Australia, which is by some margin the largest state in Australia. The southern and western border is formed by miles of seemingly endless, faultless coastline, and the eastern border is the gateway to the Outback.
There are over 2 million people living in Perth, about a third of whom were born outside Australia. The largest proportion of expats living in Perth are from Britain but the city is also a popular destination among expats from New Zealand, South Africa and India. With such a diverse population, new arrivals should have no problems meeting fellow expats and settling down.
Although the aftermath of the mining boom has made the job market in Perth somewhat less attractive than it has been in the past, there are still opportunities for those in the city's developing sectors such as healthcare, tourism and construction.
While the cost of living in Perth is fairly high, expats may be comforted by the fact that the city is far cheaper than other major Australian cities like Sydney and Melbourne. Accommodation will naturally be a major expense but if expats are willing to commute, good deals can be found in Perth's outlying suburbs.
Overall, Perth has a lot to offer and is generally considered well worth the high cost of living. Its sunny weather, excellent quality of life and beautiful seaside environment are just a few of the things that make Perth such an attractive expat destination.