What is the relative size of the expatriate community? How would you describe overall morale among expatriates?

Large expat community but not close-knit. - Sep 2020


It was large, but I don’t know the number. I felt like I didn’t know anyone who had been there over a year that wasn’t ready to leave. I feel strongly that this should not be longer than a two year post. - Sep 2018


US Embassy Amman is a very large embassy (our Facebook group alone is huge) and has just recently expanded to accommodate the growing number of US employees. I would say that morale among expatriates is good. It can always be better, but part of that is on us. We need to host more events, etc. I think it's good considering where we are ("the eye of the hurricane"). The work load can be a lot on the staff, but that's understood considering the location and the times we are in. If we ever need an escape, I have to say that travel is easy to Europe. Many people were thrilled when Ryan Air announced more direct flights from Amman. - Sep 2018


Quite large with a broad mix. Interestingly, a lot of "Gulfies" (Arabs from the Gulf States) maintain residences here so that makes up a broad swath of the expats. Also, many international organizations are based here.

Morale seems quite good. There are many who have lived here for years. Compared to other places we've been living , Amman is quite comfortable and convenient so it is hard to find things to complain about (although some do, of course!). - Mar 2017


There is a big expat community and moral is pretty good. The Embassy is a very fast-paced mission, and some folks complain about the pace and burnout. The Embassy pool was lost to new building construction, and I am not sure what is planned for replacing that area --which was a great place to meet friends, have pizza and a beer, and let the kids play. - Jul 2016


Massive and growing. Morale is ok. Again, for many it's a sprinting marathon and it impacts morale. - Mar 2016


The size of the Embassy has exploded the past 2 years--we've outgrown the Embassy. Morale is not that great right now, perhaps due to the size, what's going on in the region, and the lack of work-life balance. - Mar 2016


Large and good. - Nov 2015


The U.S. Embassy community is large, tight-knit and friendly. There are very few private sector expats in Amman. Educators that I know that work at ACS, ICS or Kings Academy are happy. Those working at any other schools in Jordan have horrible experiences and many leave within a few months. - May 2015


Huge - the U.S. embassy has something like 300 families here and most other countries have a fair sized presence. Morale varies - as mentioned above, singles and people without kids can get bored. I find that I need to leave the country every 6-8 weeks or I start getting twitchy. Luckily Tel Aviv is an easy 4-hour drive! - Mar 2015


The U.S. Embassy community is roughly 800. Morale is generally high with pockets of those who are not happy at post. The refugee population is about 1 million. - Jul 2014


Huge, and I'd say pretty good. Lots of families with small kids end up in Jordan, so if that's you, there is a big community here. - Mar 2014


The Embassy community is large and fairly impersonal. - Dec 2013


Medium. - Aug 2013


Medium-large. - Jul 2013


Not that big - you will see each other over and over. - May 2013


Large. - Mar 2013


There is a decent sized expat community. - Apr 2012


Large. The US Embassy community is huge, and there are lots of western expats with the other embassies, NGOs, and business community. - Mar 2012


Very large. There are expats from all over the world, between the embassies, the UN, and other foreign workers there's a huge English-speaking expat community. - Mar 2012


Fairly large and also many naturalized Jordanian-Americans. - Aug 2011


Pretty big. It's easy to meet Australians, British, French, etc., and the American Embassy community is quite large. - Aug 2011


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