My family and I are PCSing to Wright-Patterson AFB in January 2013 and I wanted to see if any one had any good information on where to live and things to do. Another very important thing is finding information on schools. My daughter is in the first grade and my son is in the fourth. How are the schools there for the elementary kids? We are currently located in Okinawa Japan and when I got here I knew no one and right after we got here my husband was deployed and I was left alone knowing no one. Although Ohio is only a few hours away from Chicago and St. Louis ( born in Chicago and lived in St. Louis before moving to Okinawa) where I can I drive to see family and friends, I would like to meet some friends in Ohio and not have to drive home all the time. Does anyone have any advice? Or does anyone live in the area that would like to say hello?
Welcome to Dayton! I PCS'd here from Langley AFB, and have been pleasantly surprised. The area is fantastic for family life, and was ranked very high for Quality of Life and Cost of Living. Dayton is a small to medium sized city that has a small town feel in certain areas, but features most of the activities and amenities of larger cities without the traffic and crime. There are plenty of parks and bike/hiking trails for those who stay active. There are plenty of bars, restaurants, and entertainment venues within a 20 minute drive. Dayton is an hour away from Cincinnati, and also an hour away Columbus, for those looking for the perks that larger cities provide, such as major sports, concerts, and high end restaurants.
The weather can be a little colder in the winter time, and possibly unbearable in January and February. But the summers are fantastic with relatively low humidity. Many can appreciate experiencing all 4 seasons in Dayton.
Schools are fantastic in several of the districts surrounding WPAFB. Beavercreek, Bellbrook, Centerville, and Springboro are largely consdered the better school districts of all ages, and are within about 20 minutes from base. Each of these school districts have seen a 3-5% increase in property values the past 3 years, which can make them attractive to buy or sell.
I think anyone coming to Dayton will enjoy their stay. Many who PCS out of Dayton do actually come back.