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

Huge and mixed, but you can find your crowd. - May 2020


Large, and it is divided between people downtown and people out by the schools. Overall the morale is good. - Oct 2017


Large and tepid morale. It is common for people here to be experiencing "China rage." The traffic, cultural differences, air, and internet really get to some people (and get to everybody eventually). Most people here recognize they're in a really interesting city with a lot going for it, but everyone loses it from time to time. - Dec 2015


Large expat community. Morale relatively good. - Apr 2015


This is a huge embassy. I think that Beijing is what you make of it. The embassy itself seems to be a stressful and somewhat intense place to work. Lots going on here. The high-pressure atmosphere combined with the traffic and air quality has a marked impact on morale. There are plenty of people who are quite unhappy here. We have been quite happy, but do find ourselves in periodic need of breaks from China since this post can wear on your after a while. - Jul 2014


Massive - Jun 2013


Quite large. The U.S. Embassy alone has several hundred families here, and you frequently see people from other countries out and about. - Aug 2011


Large - Apr 2011


There won't be official numbers until the census results are out later this year, but official estimates are over 100,000. Keep in mind that nearly every country in the world maintains an embassy here, so many of these people are embassy personnel from small Asian and African countries. There are probably around 20,000-30,000 people from English-speaking developed countries. This includes a mix of students, professionals and embassy personnel. - Jan 2011


Huge. I run into new folks every day. - Apr 2010


Sizeable. - Jan 2010


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