Military Installations in NC
North Carolina has a lower cost of living than many states, which allows a family to stretch its military paycheck further.
Overall, North Carolina is a state where transients and natives mix, and no place more so than in our military base communities. Schools can vary from district to district so check yours in advance.
Housing costs are lower overall and the mild climate makes mobile home living possible.
Rental housing of many kinds is available in any of the base communities. Whether a given housing complex or landlord will allow pets is a matter to be confirmed through your rental agent.
Food Shopping Tips
A 2 percent tax on food at the supermarket makes shopping at the commissary smart except when local fruits and vegetables are in season at farm stands. Expect to see the first strawberries sometime in April, peaches in June or early July, mountain-grown apples in September, and local greens through early winter.
Activities and the Community
North Carolina is also a state where people value community activities. There are local festivals, small towns with interesting histories, and weather that allows you to enjoy the outdoors almost all year. Camp LeJeune is practically at the coast, but as locals travel, all of the bases are easy rides to the beach.
Of the base communities, all are located in parts of the state where economic growth has been stagnant in recent years. Employment options are likely to be similar to what have been experienced in other base communities. Professional spouses have been known to commute significant distances to work: WTVD-11 evening anchor Tisha Powell is an Air Force spouse who commutes more than 80 miles one-way to work in Durham.