(TBO.com) - MacDill Air Force Base, the only military installation in the world home to two U.S. combatant commands, may be loved in the Tampa area, but it was tied for sixth best in the Air Force Timesâ€™ ranking of 68 Air Force bases.
MacDill, home to U.S. Central Command, U.S. Special Operations Command, the 6th Air Mobility Wing, the 927th Air Refueling Wing, the Joint Communications Support Element and other mission partners, was tied with Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota.
Scott Air Force Base in Illinois and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio were tied for the top spot in the Air Force Timesâ€™ rankings.
Los Angeles Air Force Base was rated the worst.
To determine its rankings, the Air Force Times wrote that it used resources like GreatSchools.com, Zillow, Realtor.com, and Sperlingâ€™s Best Places to evaluate statistics in a dozen categories: school quality, cost of living, housing costs, commissary size, base exchange size, size of on-base health care facilities, crime rates, commute times, pollution levels, climate, unemployment rates and sales taxes. It then assigned each category a score on a 10-point scale.
â€śOf course, not all categories are equally important to service members,â€ť according to the Air Force Times. â€śWeâ€™d wager school quality, for example, is a greater concern than the sales tax rate. So we weighted each category. Scores for the most important categories â€” schools, cost of living, housing and commissaries â€” were tripled. The next most important categories â€” crime, health care facilities, commute times and exchanges â€” were doubled in value.â€ť
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