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How Air Force Bases Stack Up

Air Force Times ranked 68 stateside Air Force bases using 12 different criteria to calculate a weighted score out of a possible 240 points. Cost of living, housing, schools and commissaries are weighted triple and are worth up to 30 points each; crime health care, transportation and exchanges are weighted double and are worth up to 20 points each; and pollution, climate, unemployment and sales tax rates are worth 10 points each. Click on the map pointers to discover how your base ranks.

Map by: John Bretschneider

  1. Our methodology for ranking bases

    To compile our ranking of 68 Air Force bases, we collected and analyzed hundreds of pieces of information.

    • Jul. 21, 2014
  2. Editorial: Surprises in base rankings

    Eight months ago, Air Force Times embarked on an ambitious project to rank Air Force bases across the U.S., measuring cost of living, housing, schools, traffic and amenities for each area.

    • Jul. 21, 2014
  3. Average commute in the Washington area is roughly half an hour. Carolyn Kaster / The Associated Press

    Bringing up the rear: The 5 worst bases in the Air Force

    Based on Air Force Times research, these are the five least-popular bases from fifth worst to worst to be stationed in the Air Force:

    • Jul. 21, 2014
  4. Readers' picks: From paradises to morale killers

    Air Force Times opened the floor to its readers to get their thoughts on the best and worst bases in the Air Force. More than 100 readers sent us their thoughts on our Flightlines blog, Facebook page, and via email.

    • Jul. 21, 2014
  5. Base Operations at Scott Air Force Base. The area has low housing prices, a low crime rate and top on-base services. Karen Petitt / Air Force

    Special Report: The top 5 best bases for airmen

    No matter the service, no matter the era, one of the favorite pastimes of troops has always been comparing duty stations griping about the lousy ones and singing the praises of the good ones.

    • Jul. 21, 2014
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