Ok, I did start the thread on Fredericksburg but I realized I'd like more info on the area in general as well. I have been warned that there are towns around that we do not want to live in. What towns would you recommend? We have a school aged child so it's very important that we live in a safe area with good schools. We were looking into Fredericksburg but would like to be a bit closer. It seems like Stafford is limited with rentals and most of the town home complexes are tax credit ones and we exceed the income cap. We will be there at the end of November and I'm starting to get a little nervous about this whole housing situation. Ideally we would like to live on base but with a 3 month wait I'm not sure we can hold out in a hotel that long.