Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Top 10 US States for Veterans

The United States has military bases all over the world, however most of America’s veterans come home to settle back into American life. Where do they chose to live upon their return? Using research gathered from The US Department of Veteran Affairs, has compiled the top 10 states with the most veterans. Thinking you’d like to move closer to a military base? We’ve also suggested the best places to consider moving to for staying close to your fellow service members.

Which State Has the Most Veterans? The Top 10 US States for Veteran Populations

State Population of Veterans Cities Nearest to Military Bases
California 1,851,470 Los Angeles, CA (LA Air Force Base, Twentynine Palms Marine Corps Base)
San Diego, CA (CampPendleton, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Naval Base Coronado)
Texas 1,680,418 Killeen, TX (Fort Hood)
El Paso, TX (Fort Bliss)
San Antonio, TX (Fort Sam Houston, Lackland AFB)
Florida 1,583,697 Jacksonville, FL (Blount Island Command, NAS Jacksonville)
Mayport, FL (Naval Station Mayport)
Pennsylvania 939,069 Horsham Township, PA (JRB Willow Grove)
Mechanicsburg, PA (NSA Mechanicsburg)
Carlisle, PA (Carlisle Barracks)
New York 892,221 Brooklyn, NY (Fort Hamilton)
West Point, NY (US Military Academy)
Saratoga Springs, NY (Saratoga Springs NSU)
Ohio 866,481 Dayton, OH (Wright-Patterson Air Force Base)
Cleveland, OH (ISC Cleveland)
Virginia 781,388 Bowling Green VA (Fort AP Hill)
Arlington, VA (Fort Myer, National Maritime Center, Henderson Hall)
North Carolina 775,020 Fayetteville, NC (Fort Bragg)
Elizabeth City, NC (Air Station Elizabeth City, National Strike Force)
Georgia 752,882 Atlanta, GA (Fort McPherson)
Savannah, GA (Hunter Army Airfield)
Marietta, GA (Naval Air Station Atlanta)
Illinois 721,575 Chicago, IL - (Great Lakes Naval Training Center)
Mascoutah, IL (Scott Air Force Base)
Rock Island, IL (Rock Island Arsenal)
Methodology: The Veteran Population Projection Model 2014 (VetPop2014) provides the latest official Veteran population projection from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). VetPop2014 is an actuarial projection model developed by the Office of the Actuary (OACT) for Veteran population projection from Fiscal Year FY2014 to FY2043. Using the best available Veteran data by the end of FY2013, VetPop2014 provides living Veteran counts by key demographic characteristics such as age, gender, period of service, and race/ethnicity at various geographic levels.

While California, Texas and Florida all have veteran populations reaching far into the millions, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York are quickly gaining ground. It comes as little surprise for Virginia to have a large population of veterans with its proximity to Washington, DC, Fort Myer and the National Maritime Center, or Illinois being the home for the Great Lakes Naval Training Center.

Did we miss your favorite city near a military base? If you’re a veteran or in military retirement, what state would you move to? Tell us below!

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