The 25 Best Places For Veterans To Live

 

Veterans thinking of shipping off to a new city should consider the obvious factors like cost of living and regional economic health. But they may also want to understand the size of the veteran population, whether the local job market has a demand for military skills and the quality of its Veterans Affairs health facilities.

 

WalletHub, a personal finance and credit score website, released a list of the best places for veterans to live that incorporated such factors. It looked at the 100 largest U.S. cities and analyzed them on four key dimensions: employment, economy, quality of life and health.

 

For employment, WalletHub considered statistics like the number of military-skill-related jobs and the veteran unemployment rate. For economy, it looked at median veteran income and the number of homeless veterans, among other metrics. On quality of life, it incorporated the size of the veteran population and its expected growth. For health, WalletHub focused on the quality of Veterans Affairs (VA) health facilities. Full methodology details are available here.

 

To see the top 10 places for veterans to live, open the gallery below. For the top 25, go to the end of this article.

 

Austin, Texas takes the top spot. Also known as “The Live Music Capital of the World,” the fast-growing city has the lowest veteran unemployment rate in the country. Some of Austin’s largest employers are Apple, Dell, IBM and Seton Healthcare Family, a chain of hospitals and health care facilities. Austin is home to a few companies that made Forbes’ 2017 Best Employers list, such as Keller Williams Realty and computer chipmaker NXP Semiconductor.

 

Colorado Springs ranks second. The city and its surrounding area have many ties to the military —they’re home to Peterson Air Force Base, Schriever Air Force Base, the U.S. Air Force Academy and Fort Carson. It has the second-highest concentration of veterans of any American city and one of the lowest veteran unemployment rates. More than 200 aerospace and defense organizations are located there, employing 105,000 people at companies like Harris and Lockheed Martin.

 

Virginia Beach ranks third. The city of more than 460,000 has the thickest concentration of veterans in the country, yet the thinnest concentration of homeless veterans. Three of the top 500 highest-grossing companies have headquarters there, including retailer Dollar Tree, railroad company Norfolk Southern and military shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls.  

 

Full List: The 25 Best Places For Veterans To Live

 

1. Austin, TX

 

2. Colorado Springs, CO

 

3. Virginia Beach, VA

 

4. Raleigh, NC

 

5. Plano, TX

 

6. Tampa, FL

 

7. Fremont, CA

 

8. Seattle, WA

 

9. San Diego, CA

 

10. Boise, ID

 

11. Fort Worth, TX

 

12. Scottsdale, AZ

 

13. Oklahoma City, OK

 

14. Charlotte, NC

 

15. St. Petersburg, FL

 

16. Chesapeake, VA

 

17. Madison, WI

 

18. San Antonio, TX

 

19. Gilbert, AZ

 

20. Sacramento, CA

 

21. Jacksonville, FL

 

22. Chandler, AZ

 

23. Columbus, OH

 

24. Lincoln, NE

 

25. Irvine, CA

 

 

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Source: forbes.com