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Old 06-25-2018, 12:24 PM
 
Location: C.R. K-T
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Also, Ft. Bragg which is the largest Army Base in the world is only about 60 miles south of Raleigh. That's most likely another consideration as well as the famed research universities in the Triangle.
Fort Hood is about the same distance from Austin, although Killeen is in the Waco-Bryan Metropolitan area.
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Old 06-25-2018, 01:05 PM
 
Location: Cambridge, MA/London, UK
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I wonder how much Army Secretary Mark Espers ties to Raytheon will come into play and if that would give Boston any leg up on the competition. Might be a stretch but something to consider.
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Old 06-25-2018, 01:40 PM
 
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Interesting. I guess I just never really thought of East Coast cities as big military towns (with the exception of DC/VA and obviously West Point), but I’m somewhat uneducated on the subject.
The joint base: McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst is in the Phila. metro area. Dover AFB, Kent County, Delaware is about an hour's drive south of Philadelphia.

NSWC Philadelphia(Naval Sea Systems Command) is in Philadelphia and located in the old Navy Yard Base complex in S. Philadelphia.

Army/Navy Game? Until recently it was always held in Philly each November.

And COL in Phila., though more than Raleigh or Austin, is less than Boston.
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Old 06-25-2018, 01:57 PM
 
Location: Medfid
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All of those arguments could be made for Boston as well.
I can’t say I know much about the army’s technology arm, but (and edwardsyzzurphands already touched on this) Raytheon, Lockheed, General Dynamics, GE, and Draper Labs (but especially Raytheon) have a strong presences in the Boston area, all of which (I believe) receive funding from and do work for the military.

Here’s a 2010 study that says defense contracts are a big part of the Boston area’s economy: http://www.massbenchmarks.org/public...stry_study.pdf

Also, a clarifying question about COL: when they say “Boston” do they mean the city or just somewhere in the metro area? The price and congestion of eastern MA can be slightly diminished if you move further from the city.

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Old 06-25-2018, 02:00 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC, formerly NoVA and Phila
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To me, the best options would be, in order: Raleigh, Austin...and that's all. Minneapolis is too freaking cold, and Philly and Boston are too congested and have too high a cost of living.
Philadelphia really does not have a very high cost of living, particularly for a big city.
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Old 06-25-2018, 03:13 PM
 
Location: C.R. K-T
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Philadelphia really does not have a very high cost of living, particularly for a big city.
Shh! Don't let the Hipsters find out, lest they leave Brooklyn and drive up prices.
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Old 06-26-2018, 01:02 AM
 
Location: Boston/UpstateNY/FL
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Honestly Boston does not have a big military presence and has the most tech of any of the five. I hope they get it.
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Old 06-26-2018, 08:40 AM
 
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Honestly Boston does not have a big military presence and has the most tech of any of the five. I hope they get it.
Eh, partial truth. Fort Devens, Hanscom, and Raytheon employs ~15k people in Greater Boston. As another posted mentioned, that could be a large consideration, though I'm not sure why that would really matter in practice.
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Old 06-27-2018, 01:41 PM
 
Location: OC
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Also, Ft. Bragg which is the largest Army Base in the world is only about 60 miles south of Raleigh. That's most likely another consideration as well as the famed research universities in the Triangle.
FT. Hood is close to Austin.
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Old 06-27-2018, 02:27 PM
 
Location: Wonderland
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And not to split hairs, but population wise, Fort Bragg edges out Fort Hood, but size wise Fort Hood edges out Fort Bragg. Just to clarify.

Both posts are massive though - both are in the top five US military installations in size and population.

https://veteranaid.org/blog/2016/04/...ilitary-bases/
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