Living Well in Fort Leonard Wood
Located in the Ozarks about a half hour drive from the Lake, soldiers and their families at Fort Leonard Wood say the military post stands out because of its recreational activities.
Whether its fishing in the trout-filled streams, a few rounds on the golf course, or renting jet skis on the lake, everyone can find something they enjoy.
In fact, some find it hard to leave.
"I'm staying here. It's a great community," one resident said. "My family has grown up here and I've been back and forth to Fort Leonard Wood a few times and we decided to live in this community."
And why wouldn't he? Besides its recreational opportunities, some residents say it provides a great atmosphere to raise a family; all in the heart of a military base.
While it was most recently recognized as one of the top places in the nation, most residents here know it as the number one place for military training.
Making Fort Leonard Wood the only Army post to be on the list, and it's still improving.
They're currently replacing 2,000 homes to ensure better living conditions for soldiers and their families.
And even new soldiers are finding the post welcoming.
"I've been all over and now I'm just loving life now that I'm here at Fort Leonard Wood," said Sgm. Karl Groninger of the Fort Leonard Wood Garrison Command.
The study appeared in the American City Business Journals, an online magazine.
It ranked towns in various categories, including economy, traffic and cost of living.
Fort Leonard Wood ranked 51st on the list of nearly 600 locations. Rolla came in at number thirteen.