Where to live in Tanzania


I am from USA, planning to move to Tanzania, but flexible, I can stay in any city in Tanzania and work, which is the best city to stay?

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  1. There are probably six main cities in Tanzania where you will find expat communities.

    Most popular expat hubs:
    • Dar es Salaam – The largest and richest city in Tanzania, Dar es Salaam has been dubbed the “economic capital” and is the home to its largest expat community

    • Arusha – The second largest expat hub can be found in Arusha, Tanzania’s third largest city in the northern region. It is also within close reach of some of Tanzania’s major national parks

    Other cities with sizeable expat communities include:
    • Mwanza – Tanzania’s second largest city and major trading centre
    • Dodoma – The country’s legislative capital
    • Moshi – A smaller city located in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro
    • Zanzibar City – located on Unguja Island, the main island of the Zanzibar archipelago


    Where you live is completely down to personal preference. For example, do you prefer the big city life or a more relaxed pace on the coast?


    For me, towns like Dar and Arusha were far too busy, noisy and chaotic. While Moshi can get hectic, it’s easier to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and it also has a more laid-back vibe. I like the small community-feel here, whereas in Arusha or Dar I would probably feel very much like a little fish in a big pond.


    The key is to research, research, research. If you can visit and see what the different regions are like before moving to Tanzania, then that will also help with your decision.

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