My daughter is on an unaccompanied tour in Italy. She's renting off base, and I was also concerned for her. Besides safety concerns your daughter might want to consider the commute time and the home or rental prices.
I would recommend either Olympia, Lacey or Dupont. Dupont is right across from Ft. Lewis. Lot's of military families choose to live there for the amenities and convenience. It's a great little town, but if your daughter wants some more distance from the military, then Olympia would be a great choice as well.
Check out my video tours of Dupont, Olympia and Ft. Lewis on my web site's "local communities" page.
Puyallup is a great area to live in, it is close to both Ft Lewis and the Air Force base. My father was stationed at Ft. Lewis for years and still lives in Puyallup after retirement. There is a ton of shopping, lots of jobs and a very good school district. There are many afforable housing options too. Rents start at about $400 per bedroom for a nice single family home, a liitle less for appartment homes. Prices on homes start at about 250k for a 3 bed 2 bath, a little less if the home needs tlc. Feel free to e-mail or phone if you have any other questions. Jody Shoaf 425.351.3645, email@example.com ...I can also send her e-mail of homes for sale if she wants to get a better idea of whats out there along with community info,
ps we do lots of military relocations!
Newberry Realty Washington
There are many great areas for your daughter to look at. Some are Dupont, Lacey, Puyallup, Northend Tacoma, and University Place. It really depends on what type of town she would like to live in. She will have her choice of housing from apts., to condos, to homes...Will she rent or buy?
About safety, look on the Pierce County Website for crime rates. The city of Lacey is in Thurston County.
Hope that this helps!
Put MY knowledge on your side...
Karen Miceli, ABR, CRS, GRI, Realtor
"Beside you with each step..."
Graham and Spanaway have nice communities with a more rural feel and good home pricing. Lacey is an expanding city. The best way to search is to visit the communities and also research the neighborhood and their amenities. A Realtor can help gathering information and help your daughter view the areas and show her some sample homes before she makes a decision what area she likes the best.