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

The Expat community is huge here in Frankfurt. Morale is all over the board. This post is what you make of it! - Mar 2020


Enormous. Over 500 live on the Siedlung. You live together, stand at the bus stop together, work together. It's a lot. Morale is mixed. The military folks seem to do better than the State Department folks. We feel like we moved to Germany but live in America, in housing that doesn't even compare to what we had in college. - Mar 2020


There are tens of thousands of expats in Frankfurt. It is an international banking and transit hub. - Feb 2020


Very large and at least average morale, maybe above. Frankfurt is a very comfortable city. - Sep 2019


There are many many expats from all over the world in Frankfurt. I think the mood is generally good. Some folks assigned to the Consulate have never been assigned overseas before, so that can have an impact on their ability to adjust. But for those with some overseas experience, they mostly recognize that it's good living. - Apr 2019


HUGE - morale swings like a pendulum - it depends on who is in charge at post. - Sep 2017


Huge. Morale is surprisingly middling. A lot of not-so-nice people choose this post for some reason. Some never leave the compound and only go to the US base on weekends. They are the most unhappy and take it out on those of us who travel. - Jan 2017


Quite large. Frankfurt has a lot of expats from the various multinational companies, the European Central Bank, etc. I think morale varies depending on the specific circumstances. The consulate is a strange place, with a lot of people TDY for regional duties more than 50% of the time and a lot of agencies (i.e. TSA, GSA) that aren't usually overseas, which causes some interesting dynamics and different expectations of what life overseas with the U.S. government should be like. - Aug 2016


Huge. Morale is good. Frankfurt is an easy place to live, work and play. - Feb 2016


Huge community, morale varies. This community is not as close knit because of the size and many people are either traveling regionally for work or traveling on the weekends with their family. It is a different vibe than any post I have been at. It's not really a bad thing, just different and bothers some people. Many expat families at the international schools too. - Dec 2015


GIGANTIC! There are many Americans married to Germans who stay here forever. There are a lot that work in the Consulate as Local Hire Staff and a lot of those have HUGE chips on their shoulders about having an FSO boss when "I have worked here for 14 years>>>>blah blah blah". Most don't have the education to join the Department of State as a Direct Hire and/or don't want to leave Germany to travel around the world...but they will complain endlessly about the benefits FSO's get ("free housing, free schools"). Meanwhile they get three years off for maternity leave as well as unlimited sick leave....So it is an issue. For FSO's, it is great to be able to live in Europe so those that see the glass as half full will love it here and the pessimists will not. - Mar 2014


Very large expat community. Morale at post is low. - Nov 2013


Huge. - Apr 2012


Huge. - Mar 2012


Very large. - Oct 2011


Huge. - Jul 2010


Huge! - Jul 2008


Large. - Feb 2008


Large. - Jan 2008


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