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My husband is on a business trip to Dayton right now. He's in the military, but working with a civilian company there. He seems to really like the area and he definitely likes the type of work he would do if he ever accepted a civilian position there. I keep telling him that he better not get any ideas about moving there. I'm from the Florida Keys and we live in Hawaii now, where we've spent most of our marriage together and will likely spend the next six years.<br><br>
So just for the heck of it, what is the Dayton, Ohio area like? How are the public schools? What is the real estate market like? He says the people are really nice there, do you find that to be true? What is the weather like? Anything you can offer about what it might be like to live there would be appreciated.<br><br>
I have my heart set on moving to Tampa, FL, but job opportunities for him would be more limited and I know the cost of living is relatively high there.<br><br>
Okay, bombard me with information to satisfy my curiosity.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">My husband is on a business trip to Dayton right now. He's in the military, but working with a civilian company there. He seems to really like the area and he definitely likes the type of work he would do if he ever accepted a civilian position there.<br><br>
So just for the heck of it, what is the Dayton, Ohio area like? How are the public schools? What is the real estate market like? He says the people are really nice there, do you find that to be true? What is the weather like? Anything you can offer about what it might be like to live there would be appreciated.<br><br>
If we did ever decide to move there, he would probably make about $80,000 a year. How far would that go?</div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wave.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wave"> Hi! We're stationed here at WPAFB and I can say it's not bad.... not the most exciting place in the world (the city of Dayton itself doesn't have much, but it's less than an hour drive to Cincinnati or an hour to Columbus both of which have a *LOT* more).<br>
Weather-- definately 4 distinct seasons. Winter cold, summer hot, Fall/Spring in between.<br>
Schools- Depends on what school system you live in. I wouldn't recommend putting your children in Dayton public schools (worst in the state), but some of the "suburb" schools are pretty good, and there are some pretty decent reasonably priced private schools here as well. I've heard good things about Beavercreek and Huber Heights school districts, though Fairborn's district is hurting for money. (all surround the base).<br>
Real Estate for buying is all over the place... we've been looking and it definately is neighborhood specific in addition to depends a lot on location (close or far from the rivers- I would recommend not immediately by the river since it floods seasonally) and school district right now. If you plan to homeschool or private school your child, you definately have a lot more buying power IMO regarding where you can buy for less money a decent house, kwim? There is abundant older homes for sale, and tons of new developments flooding the area though.<br>
People are generally decent. If you're on the East side of Dayton (where the base is), you in general avoid the "ghetto" of the city (i.e. where the crime tends to be). If you're really into NFL and AP, you'll find a pretty good local group of ladies... they seem to cluster locally which I absolutely love! :LOL<br>
80K would go pretty far here.... DH is an O-1 to give you an idea of our salary and it goes pretty far (albiet we shop commissary to save cash but who wouldn't given that option?) It's a rather low cost living area and state sales tax is 7% if that helps.<br><br>
If you have any specific questions about the base, etc., feel free to ask me! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> And if you guys do end up moving this way, I'm a member of a good yahoo group for the base where a bunch of moms chat and get together quite a bit I can give you the link to.
 

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As of right now, I'm pretty firm on my husband retiring from the AF. He's got eight years left. My main concern is insurance. If he retires, we both have affordable insurance for the rest of our lives. I also loooove Hawaii, where we live now. I lived here before we met and married and I'd like to stay here as long as possible. We could stretch this tour to another six years if he signs on to retire.<br><br>
But... he has this great job opportunity there in Ohio as a civilian. He could, possibly, get out in three years and take a civilian DoD job there making almost twice what he is making now. I talked to him again and the first number he gave me was apparently a low guess. I definitely would not want to live there for more than five years or so. Long enough to put equity in a house, save some money toward our retirement and the kids' educations, and get him established in this competitive career field. We could come out on top in the end if we decided to do that. Considering they are talking about cutting Tricare for Life, that option looks more attractive than ever for me.<br><br>
Basically I'm just kind of thinking out loud about this. We're dedicated to sending our kids to public schools for a variety of reasons, so school districts would be important to us. I'm convinced that we can get our kids a good education no matter where they end up. The areas he's been encouraged to look around are Huber Heights, Fairborn, and one other town that I can't think of right now. I spent a little while looking at real estate online and I can't buh-lieve how cheap it is!<br><br>
This is all hypothetical right now, at least three years away. I'm just kind of exploring the possibilities.
 
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