What is the relative size of the expatriate community? How would you describe overall morale among expatriates?
The US Consulate is the only diplomatic mission here. Very few other expats (a priest here, a company manager there). Many Mexicans have dual citizenship. As a bit of a substitute for an expatriate community, I've made friends with the Mexican consul in Laredo and her husband, as well as many Mexican professionals who come from other parts of Mexico. The Consulate community is very small. Important to branch out and make local friends in Mexico and/or Texas. Otherwise the sense of isolation is strong. - Jun 2018
Small size, but morale is generally good. Some people have had a hard time adjusting and others have fit in quite well and are enjoying themselves quite a bit. It really is what you make of it. - Dec 2015
The Consulate is small. The ELOs tend to be close knit and on directed assignments here. And are mainly all first tour. The mid level officers are generally here because of family ties to the area and therefore happy with their assignment. It can be lonely but you make your own fun and make the most of it. Every tour has peaks and valleys. - Jun 2014
Small. - Feb 2013
Small. We're the only game in town. - Nov 2011