The relationship between Kaiserslautern and the United States has roots which reach back far into the past. Numerous emigrants left their home town of Kaiserslautern between the 17th and the 20th century because their economic situation was bad or because they were politically prosecuted. Many of them found work, protection and freedom in the U.S.A..
After World War II, between 1950 and 1955, Kaiserslautern developed into the largest U.S. military community outside of the United States. The name "K-Town" which was used by the Americans as a synonym for Kaiserslautern indicates this. All in all, around 49,200 Americans (status of 2011) live in the city and county. The city also has lively sister city partnerships with Columbia, South Carolina, and Davenport, Iowa.
For the promotion of the cohabitation of Germans and Americans, the first German-American Community Office was established in the center of the city across from the city hall at Lauterstraße 2 (Rathaus Nord).
At this address, you can also find the Atlantic Academy Rhineland-Palatine e.V.. The culture institute was founded in 1995 by the state of Rhineland-Palatine in order to strengthen the awareness of togetherness of the European and North American nations through lectures, events and seminars. This institute also conducts an American Library open to the public.