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Apartments near Wright-Patterson AFB

While the Wright Brothers may have made their inaugural successful flight at Kitty Hawk in North Carolina, it’s their ties to Dayton that have resulted in the city’s motto as the “Birthplace of Aviation.” One such connection is Huffman Prairie Flying Field where the brothers conducted extensive tests while transforming the Wright Flyer into the first practical airplane and the site of their flying school. The field was bought by the United States Army Signal Corps in 1917 and was merged with nearby Patterson Field in 1948 to become Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. An enormously important installation covering 12.5 square miles, the AFB employs over 27,000 workers. With limited on-base housing available, there is a huge demand for apartments near Wright-Patterson AFB.

It has been conservatively estimated that approximately 20,100 civilian employees, both civil service and contractors, and 7,500 military service members, both active and reserve, work on the base. Those numbers mean that Wright-Patt (as the locals call it) employs as many people as the three next-largest employers in the Dayton area combined and is the largest single-site employer in the state. Individuals commute from all over Montgomery County as well as from Clark, Greene, Miami, and Preble Counties to work there. Major active units located at the base include the Air Force Materiel Command, the Air Force Research Laboratory, the 88th Air Base Wing, the 445th Airlift Wing, and the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center.

Wright-Patt has the distinction of being the headquarters of the National Air and Space Intelligence Center, which is the U.S. Department of Defense’s primary source for foreign air and space threats. It also houses the Air Force Institute of Technology, a graduate school of engineering and management that boasts seven research centers funded by various federal agencies. That means even graduate students and their families may be competing for apartments near Wright-Patterson AFB. In addition to being an active base, Wright-Patterson contains the oldest and largest aviation museum in the world. The National Museum of the United States Air Force offers free admission to those who want to explore the more than 300 aircraft in four hangars that are on display.

With only 2,100 housing units available on the base, suitable housing in the local communities is a necessity. Whether you are military personnel who wants to experience life off-base or a civilian worker looking for a great residential experience, there are many affordable apartments near Wright-Patterson AFB. Located just 10 miles down OH-4 in downtown Dayton, St. Clair Lofts offers multiple floor plans with sizable units and high-speed internet access. We are within walking distance of the Oregon District, the Victoria Theatre, Riverscape, the public library, the Schuster Center, and more. Explore our available apartments near Wright-Patterson AFB and discover for yourself why St. Clair Lofts is the perfect place to live. Contact us today to schedule a tour!