Valencia has around a million inhabitants, predominantly from the city itself of from the close-lying villages and towns. There is also a large number of Spaniards from other parts of Spain. Valencia also has a fair amount foreigners, attracted by a growing economy and available employment. The largest groups are from Latin America, Africa and China. European and North American expat families are present too and are growing thanks to the affordable quality of life, outdoor lifestyle and good schools.
Valencia has everything you need without the hassle of big city life. Most places are within walking distance and there is a great transport network. The city has a large underground rail network which is constantly being expanded. It has world famous museums such as the City of Arts and Science, financial districts and business centres. There are public schools in all of the areas of Valencia, and there are around 10 international schools in and around the city along with bilingual and plurilingual private schools employing native English teachers.
Valencia is famous for its rice dishes. The authentic Paella Valenciana is local to the region. The rice is grown in the rice paddies to the south of the city and the whole of Spain knows Valencia as the place to go for the perfect paella cooked over a wood fire.