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Old 11-04-2008, 07:44 PM
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YUMA!!! Not only is it the hottest city in the U.S. except for maybe one other city in CA, it now has the highest unemployment rate for a city in the U.S. There is nothing to do and as a military spouse with a college degree, there are no jobs here unless you're willing to work for minimum wage and are bi-lingual. It's ridiculous!!! I am really really hoping my husband can get orders to another station. I am being forced to move elsewhere to find work.
How long has your husband been there? Tell him to request orders elsewhere and get out of there. Yuma and 29 Palms are the arm pit of Marine bases/stations in my opinion.

The best is Camp Pendleton/Oceanside/San Diego area and some parts of Okinawa, Japan.
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Old 11-07-2008, 06:46 PM
Location: in love with life!
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I agree that Ft. Bragg is a nice base, but Fayetteville is nothing to brag about! Though it isn't that far to go to get to major metropolitan areas for the day (it is between Raleigh and Charlotte). I'd have to say that I love CO, so being near Colorado Springs is nice. I like anywhere that has all 4 seasons, and that has a good bookstore and library. If the military town has those, than I can be content. But I also like being within an hour's drive of a big airport/lots of people!!!
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Old 11-10-2008, 09:44 AM
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Originally Posted by candmforever View Post
From the ones we have traveled to or lived in, I'd say we thouroughly enjoyed Tyndall AFB in Panama City, FL and I'd say 29 Palms, CA is the worst.
I have to disagree about 29 Palms.
I actually had the time of my life there.
It's close to Vegas, Laughlin, Palm Springs, and cheap living.
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Old 11-10-2008, 11:24 AM
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Lawton;Oklahoma and Leesville;La were the worse I ever saw.But Fort Sill was a beautiful base as far as the country.
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Old 11-19-2008, 11:08 PM
Location: Seattle
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Seeing a lot of posts for Fayetteville, NC (AKA Fayettenam) in this thread... and I must completely agree!!

The city is such an armpit that it makes Jacksonville, NC (Camp Lejeune, my FORMER worst place to be) look like Maui.

Take whatever typical stereotype one would have a normal military town and muliply that by three (since the sorrounding two bases are so large). Add to that the fact you have to drive about an hour to flee the native, scuzzy, hick population and find some "normal" people. The only decent thing about the town was that you could literally find any chain restaurant you could think of there... PROVIDED YOU DON'T MIND WAITING 30 TO 45 MINUTES TO BE SEATED!

Best would be Miramar, San Diego... Just so much to do there.
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Old 11-30-2008, 05:43 PM
Location: Argyle Area, Jacksonville, FL
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Originally Posted by pwpjn View Post
From a Navy point of view:
Best-Jacksonville, FL and Norfolk, VA
Worst-Patuxent River, MD ("Pax River")

Was stationed in Jacksonville and Norfolk between 2000 and 2002, so I things may have changed, but I enjoyed my time in both places. Yes, the traffic around Norfolk is bad, but I lived very close to the base and avoided it.

Pax River--isolated! Most people from Maryland have never even heard of the place unless they live (or have lived) there. You have to drive 45 minutes to get to an okay shopping mall and there really is nothing to do unless you are a boater. It is a pretty place, but I was so happy when we moved.
We are in Jax now and just moved from Pax, and I can't say it's the best, but it's certainly not the worst! Yes, it is a small town, but it's growing everyday! And there are people that live down that way and commute the hour or more to DC just to get away from the city!

My vote for best... probably Jax,
Worst... Great Lakes, IL!
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Old 12-02-2008, 08:45 AM
Location: Sanford, FL
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How are Bermerton WA and Great Lakes IL?
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Old 12-02-2008, 09:03 AM
Location: Forests of Maine
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Originally Posted by Fnix View Post
How are Bermerton WA and Great Lakes IL?
I owned a home in Bremerton for a while. I was on a sub out of Subase Bangor.

It was okay.

The homeschool and 4H groups there were very active.
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Old 12-07-2008, 12:58 PM
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San Antonio. If you are Army or Air Force and mostly Air Force. San Antonio loves its military. Their high schools are named for famous military leaders. That's the best.

Worst? Too many to list for the Army. Most are adjacent to ripoff bergs and have very little in the community for off duty troops. Dullsvilles.
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Old 12-12-2008, 04:39 PM
Location: Right behind you.
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I've heard Clovis, NM (Cannon AFB) has a very high suicide rate.
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