U.S. Veterans Data: Populations by State

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Each year, Veterans Day occurs on the anniversary of the end of World War I. Nearing its 100-year anniversary, this day is set aside each year to remember and appreciate all the women and men who serve in our country’s armed forces. A veteran is any person who has served full-time in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force or Coast Guard. Reserve and National Guard members who have been called to active duty are also considered Veterans.

Check out the infographic below for a few unique facts about the veteran population from different states across the nation. Scroll further for a full list of veterans facts for all fifty states and the District of Columbia.

Data cited in the infographic and table below were taken from the following sources: US Bureau of Labor Statistics, US Census American FactFinder, US Veterans Administration .

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Alabama
Flag of Alabama Number of Veterans 334,186
% of Population Are Veterans 9%
Largest Service Period Vietnam
Largest Veteran Age Group 35-54
Veteran Unemployment Rate 2.2%
Non-Veteran Unemployment Rate 4.4%
Number of VA Locations 19
Number of Veterans Per VA Location 17,589
Number of Military Bases 10
Alaska
  Flag of Alaska Number of Veterans 64,057
% of Population Are Veterans 12%
Largest Service Period Gulf War II
Largest Veteran Age Group 35-54
Veteran Unemployment Rate 5.3%
Non-Veteran Unemployment Rate 7.8%
Number of VA Locations 5
Number of Veterans Per VA Location 12,811
Number of Military Bases 5
Did you know? Out of the 50 states, Alaska has the highest percentage of veterans amongst its population at a whopping 12%!
Arizona
 Flag of Arizona Number of Veterans 480,778
% of Population Are Veterans 9%
Largest Service Period Vietnam
Largest Veteran Age Group 65-74
Veteran Unemployment Rate 5.2%
Non-Veteran Unemployment Rate 4.5%
Number of VA Locations 29
Number of Veterans Per VA Location 16,579
Number of Military Bases 9
Arkansas
 Flag of Arkansas Number of Veterans 203,639
% of Population Are Veterans 9%
Largest Service Period Vietnam
Largest Veteran Age Group 65-74
Veteran Unemployment Rate 4.4%
Non-Veteran Unemployment Rate 3.5%
Number of VA Locations 18
Number of Veterans Per VA Location 11,313
Number of Military Bases 3
California
 Flag of California Number of Veterans 1,564,913
% of Population Are Veterans 5%
Largest Service Period Vietnam
Largest Veteran Age Group 65-74
Veteran Unemployment Rate 4.2%
Non-Veteran Unemployment Rate 4.6%
Number of VA Locations 56
Number of Veterans Per VA Location 27,945
Number of Military Bases 47
Did you know?  Not surprisingly given its size, more veterans reside in California than any other state.
Colorado
 Flag of Colorado Number of Veterans 372,857
% of Population Are Veterans 9%
Largest Service Period Vietnam
Largest Veteran Age Group 35-54
Veteran Unemployment Rate 3.7%
Non-Veteran Unemployment Rate 2.7%
Number of VA Locations 19
Number of Veterans Per VA Location 19,624
Number of Military Bases 8
Connecticut
 Flag of Connecticut Number of Veterans 164,988
% of Population Are Veterans 6%
Largest Service Period Vietnam
Largest Veteran Age Group 75+
Veteran Unemployment Rate 3.4%
Non-Veteran Unemployment Rate 4.8%
Number of VA Locations 8
Number of Veterans Per VA Location 20,624
Number of Military Bases 4
Delaware
Flag of Delaware Number of Veterans 64,027
% of Population Are Veterans 8%
Largest Service Period Vietnam
Largest Veteran Age Group 65-74
Veteran Unemployment Rate 4.0%
Non-Veteran Unemployment Rate 4.7%
Number of VA Locations 4
Number of Veterans Per VA Location 16,007
Number of Military Bases 2
District of Columbia
Flag of the District of Columbia Number of Veterans 27,903
% of Population Are Veterans 5%
Largest Service Period Vietnam
Largest Veteran Age Group 35-54
Veteran Unemployment Rate 6.3%
Non-Veteran Unemployment Rate 6.1%
Number of VA Locations 4
Number of Veterans Per VA Location 6,976
Number of Military Bases 6
Did you know?  Not surprisingly given its size, fewer veterans reside in the District of Columbia than any of the states.
Florida
  Flag of Florida Number of Veterans 1,438,337
% of Population Are Veterans 9%
Largest Service Period Vietnam
Largest Veteran Age Group 75+
Veteran Unemployment Rate 2.9%
Non-Veteran Unemployment Rate 4.0%
Number of VA Locations 57
Number of Veterans Per VA Location 25,234
Number of Military Bases 21
Georgia
Flag of Georgia Number of Veterans 622,790
% of Population Are Veterans 8%
Largest Service Period Vietnam
Largest Veteran Age Group 35-54
Veteran Unemployment Rate 3.4%
Non-Veteran Unemployment Rate 4.6%
Number of VA Locations 29
Number of Veterans Per VA Location 21,476
Number of Military Bases 15
Hawaii
 Flag of Hawaii Number of Veterans 106,123
% of Population Are Veterans 10%
Largest Service Period Vietnam
Largest Veteran Age Group 65-74
Veteran Unemployment Rate 3.5%
Non-Veteran Unemployment Rate 2.3%
Number of VA Locations 6
Number of Veterans Per VA Location 17,687
Number of Military Bases 11
Idaho
  Flag of Idaho Number of Veterans 111,015
% of Population Are Veterans 9%
Largest Service Period Vietnam
Largest Veteran Age Group 65-74
Veteran Unemployment Rate 3.4%
Non-Veteran Unemployment Rate 3.0%
Number of VA Locations 9
Number of Veterans Per VA Location 12,335
Number of Military Bases 2
Illinois
 Flag of Illinois Number of Veterans 576,214
% of Population Are Veterans 6%
Largest Service Period Vietnam
Largest Veteran Age Group 65-74
Veteran Unemployment Rate 4.1%
Non-Veteran Unemployment Rate 4.7%
Number of VA Locations 35
Number of Veterans Per VA Location 16,463
Number of Military Bases 7
Indiana
 Flag of Indiana Number of Veterans 386,929
% of Population Are Veterans 8%
Largest Service Period Vietnam
Largest Veteran Age Group 65-74
Veteran Unemployment Rate 2.4%
Non-Veteran Unemployment Rate 3.4%
Number of VA Locations 18
Number of Veterans Per VA Location 21,496
Number of Military Bases 5
Iowa
  Flag of Iowa Number of Veterans 178,829
% of Population Are Veterans 7%
Largest Service Period Vietnam
Largest Veteran Age Group 65-74
Veteran Unemployment Rate 5.0%
Non-Veteran Unemployment Rate 3.0%
Number of VA Locations 15
Number of Veterans Per VA Location 11,922
Number of Military Bases 2
Did you know?  Iowa comes in a respectable second with regards to bettering veteran unemployment. In this state, the veteran unemployment rate is 2% lower than the overall state average!
Kansas
  Flag of Kansas Number of Veterans 175,064
% of Population Are Veterans 8%
Largest Service Period Vietnam
Largest Veteran Age Group 65-74
Veteran Unemployment Rate 2.5%
Non-Veteran Unemployment Rate 3.5%
Number of VA Locations 19
Number of Veterans Per VA Location 9,214
Number of Military Bases 5
Kentucky
  Flag of Kentucky Number of Veterans 263,104
% of Population Are Veterans 8%
Largest Service Period Vietnam
Largest Veteran Age Group 65-74
Veteran Unemployment Rate 2.0%
Non-Veteran Unemployment Rate 5.2%
Number of VA Locations 22
Number of Veterans Per VA Location 11,959
Number of Military Bases 4
Did you know?  Kentucky has made the most gains with regards to bettering veteran unemployment. In this state, the veteran unemployment rate is 2% lower than the overall state average!
Louisiana
  Flag of Louisiana Number of Veterans 237,672
% of Population Are Veterans 7%
Largest Service Period Vietnam
Largest Veteran Age Group 65-74
Veteran Unemployment Rate 3.0%
Non-Veteran Unemployment Rate 5.2%
Number of VA Locations 15
Number of Veterans Per VA Location 15,845
Number of Military Bases 6
Maine
  Flag of Maine Number of Veterans 104,728
% of Population Are Veterans 10%
Largest Service Period Vietnam
Largest Veteran Age Group 65-74
Veteran Unemployment Rate 1.7%
Non-Veteran Unemployment Rate 3.1%
Number of VA Locations 12
Number of Veterans Per VA Location 8,727
Number of Military Bases 3
Did you know?  Maine is tied with Vermont for having the lowest veteran unemployment rate – an amazing 1.7%!
Maryland
  Flag of Maryland Number of Veterans 369,845
% of Population Are Veterans 8%
Largest Service Period Vietnam
Largest Veteran Age Group 35-54
Veteran Unemployment Rate 3.3%
Non-Veteran Unemployment Rate 4.1%
Number of VA Locations 15
Number of Veterans Per VA Location 24,656
Number of Military Bases 14
Massachusetts
  Flag of Massachusetts Number of Veterans 304,373
% of Population Are Veterans 6%
Largest Service Period Vietnam
Largest Veteran Age Group 75+
Veteran Unemployment Rate 2.4%
Non-Veteran Unemployment Rate 3.8%
Number of VA Locations 20
Number of Veterans Per VA Location 15,219
Number of Military Bases 9
Michigan
  Flag of Michigan Number of Veterans 552,362
% of Population Are Veterans 7%
Largest Service Period Vietnam
Largest Veteran Age Group 65-74
Veteran Unemployment Rate 3.6%
Non-Veteran Unemployment Rate 4.6%
Number of VA Locations 28
Number of Veterans Per VA Location 19,727
Number of Military Bases 4
Minnesota
  Flag of Minnesota Number of Veterans 303,524
% of Population Are Veterans 7%
Largest Service Period Vietnam
Largest Veteran Age Group 65-74
Veteran Unemployment Rate 5.1%
Non-Veteran Unemployment Rate 3.2%
Number of VA Locations 15
Number of Veterans Per VA Location 20,235
Number of Military Bases 2
Mississippi
  Flag of Mississippi Number of Veterans 164,848
% of Population Are Veterans 7%
Largest Service Period Vietnam
Largest Veteran Age Group 35-54
Veteran Unemployment Rate 3.5%
Non-Veteran Unemployment Rate 4.9%
Number of VA Locations 12
Number of Veterans Per VA Location 13,737
Number of Military Bases 8
Missouri
  Flag of Missouri Number of Veterans 408,668
% of Population Are Veterans 9%
Largest Service Period Vietnam
Largest Veteran Age Group 65-74
Veteran Unemployment Rate 3.1%
Non-Veteran Unemployment Rate 3.7%
Number of VA Locations 32
Number of Veterans Per VA Location 12,771
Number of Military Bases 5
Montana
  Flag of Montana Number of Veterans 86,787
% of Population Are Veterans 11%
Largest Service Period Vietnam
Largest Veteran Age Group 65-74
Veteran Unemployment Rate 4.4%
Non-Veteran Unemployment Rate 3.8%
Number of VA Locations 16
Number of Veterans Per VA Location 5,424
Number of Military Bases 2
Nebraska
  Flag of Nebraska Number of Veterans 117,048
% of Population Are Veterans 8%
Largest Service Period Vietnam
Largest Veteran Age Group 65-74
Veteran Unemployment Rate 4.5%
Non-Veteran Unemployment Rate 2.6%
Number of VA Locations 11
Number of Veterans Per VA Location 10,641
Number of Military Bases 2
Nevada
  Flag of Nevada Number of Veterans 201,917
% of Population Are Veterans 9%
Largest Service Period Vietnam
Largest Veteran Age Group 65-74
Veteran Unemployment Rate 4.9%
Non-Veteran Unemployment Rate 4.8%
Number of VA Locations 13
Number of Veterans Per VA Location 15,532
Number of Military Bases 4
New Hampshire
 Flag of New Hampshire Number of Veterans 92,693
% of Population Are Veterans 9%
Largest Service Period Vietnam
Largest Veteran Age Group 65-74
Veteran Unemployment Rate 3.3%
Non-Veteran Unemployment Rate 2.5%
Number of VA Locations 6
Number of Veterans Per VA Location 15,449
Number of Military Bases 1
Did you know?  New Hampshire has fewer military bases than any other state.
New Jersey
  Flag of New Jersey Number of Veterans 325,283
% of Population Are Veterans 5%
Largest Service Period Vietnam
Largest Veteran Age Group 75+
Veteran Unemployment Rate 4.0%
Non-Veteran Unemployment Rate 4.6%
Number of VA Locations 18
Number of Veterans Per VA Location 18,071
Number of Military Bases 11
New Mexico
  Flag of New Mexico Number of Veterans 148,310
% of Population Are Veterans 9%
Largest Service Period Vietnam
Largest Veteran Age Group 65-74
Veteran Unemployment Rate 3.3%
Non-Veteran Unemployment Rate 6.0%
Number of VA Locations 16
Number of Veterans Per VA Location 9,269
Number of Military Bases 5
New York
  Flag of New York Number of Veterans 699,604
% of Population Are Veterans 4%
Largest Service Period Vietnam
Largest Veteran Age Group 75+
Veteran Unemployment Rate 3.9%
Non-Veteran Unemployment Rate 4.5%
Number of VA Locations 66
Number of Veterans Per VA Location 10,600
Number of Military Bases 13
Did you know?  New York has the lowest percentage of veterans amongst its population – only 4%.
North Carolina
 Flag of North Carolina Number of Veterans 656,044
% of Population Are Veterans 8%
Largest Service Period Vietnam
Largest Veteran Age Group 65-74
Veteran Unemployment Rate 4.7%
Non-Veteran Unemployment Rate 4.2%
Number of VA Locations 27
Number of Veterans Per VA Location 24,298
Number of Military Bases 12
North Dakota
  Flag of North Dakota Number of Veterans 46,221
% of Population Are Veterans 8%
Largest Service Period Vietnam
Largest Veteran Age Group 35-54
Veteran Unemployment Rate 2.1%
Non-Veteran Unemployment Rate 2.5%
Number of VA Locations 8
Number of Veterans Per VA Location 5,778
Number of Military Bases 3
Ohio
  Flag of Ohio Number of Veterans 714,647
% of Population Are Veterans 8%
Largest Service Period Vietnam
Largest Veteran Age Group 65-74
Veteran Unemployment Rate 3.5%
Non-Veteran Unemployment Rate 4.9%
Number of VA Locations 35
Number of Veterans Per VA Location 20,418
Number of Military Bases 8
Oklahoma
  Flag of Oklahoma Number of Veterans 269,154
% of Population Are Veterans 9%
Largest Service Period Vietnam
Largest Veteran Age Group 65-74
Veteran Unemployment Rate 3.5%
Non-Veteran Unemployment Rate 4.2%
Number of VA Locations 13
Number of Veterans Per VA Location 20,704
Number of Military Bases 6
Oregon
  Flag of Oregon Number of Veterans 276,280
% of Population Are Veterans 8%
Largest Service Period Vietnam
Largest Veteran Age Group 65-74
Veteran Unemployment Rate 4.3%
Non-Veteran Unemployment Rate 4.0%
Number of VA Locations 19
Number of Veterans Per VA Location 14,541
Number of Military Bases 4
Pennsylvania
 Flag of Pennsylvania Number of Veterans 742,199
% of Population Are Veterans 7%
Largest Service Period Vietnam
Largest Veteran Age Group 65-74
Veteran Unemployment Rate 5.0%
Non-Veteran Unemployment Rate 4.5%
Number of VA Locations 45
Number of Veterans Per VA Location 16,493
Number of Military Bases 10
Rhode Island
  Flag of Rhode Island Number of Veterans 52,261
% of Population Are Veterans 6%
Largest Service Period Vietnam
Largest Veteran Age Group 75+
Veteran Unemployment Rate 7.3%
Non-Veteran Unemployment Rate 4.1%
Number of VA Locations 2
Number of Veterans Per VA Location 26,131
Number of Military Bases 2
Did you know?  Rhode Island has the highest veteran unemployment rate in the nation at 7.3%. In addition, it has the highest gap between the statewide and veteran unemployment rates (7.3% vs 4.1%).
South Carolina
 Flag of SC Number of Veterans 362,121
% of Population Are Veterans 9%
Largest Service Period Vietnam
Largest Veteran Age Group 65-74
Veteran Unemployment Rate 3.9%
Non-Veteran Unemployment Rate 4.2%
Number of VA Locations 14
Number of Veterans Per VA Location 25,866
Number of Military Bases 11
South Dakota
  Flag of South Dakota Number of Veterans 58,880
% of Population Are Veterans 9%
Largest Service Period Vietnam
Largest Veteran Age Group 65-74
Veteran Unemployment Rate 2.5%
Non-Veteran Unemployment Rate 3.6%
Number of VA Locations 13
Number of Veterans Per VA Location 4,529
Number of Military Bases 2
Tennessee
  Flag of TN Number of Veterans 429,173
% of Population Are Veterans 8%
Largest Service Period Vietnam
Largest Veteran Age Group 65-74
Veteran Unemployment Rate 3.5%
Non-Veteran Unemployment Rate 3.7%
Number of VA Locations 23
Number of Veterans Per VA Location 18,660
Number of Military Bases 5
Texas
  Flag of Texas Number of Veterans 1,460,397
% of Population Are Veterans 7%
Largest Service Period Vietnam
Largest Veteran Age Group 35-54
Veteran Unemployment Rate 3.8%
Non-Veteran Unemployment Rate 4.2%
Number of VA Locations 66
Number of Veterans Per VA Location 22,127
Number of Military Bases 28
Did you know?  Texas is tied with New York for having the most VA facilities.
Utah
  Flag of Utah Number of Veterans 124,785
% of Population Are Veterans 6%
Largest Service Period Vietnam
Largest Veteran Age Group 65-74
Veteran Unemployment Rate 2.9%
Non-Veteran Unemployment Rate 3.2%
Number of VA Locations 8
Number of Veterans Per VA Location 15,598
Number of Military Bases 5
Vermont
  Flag of Vermont Number of Veterans 37,545
% of Population Are Veterans 7%
Largest Service Period Vietnam
Largest Veteran Age Group 65-74
Veteran Unemployment Rate 1.7%
Non-Veteran Unemployment Rate 3.0%
Number of VA Locations 6
Number of Veterans Per VA Location 6,258
Number of Military Bases 2
Did you know?  Vermont is tied with Maine for having the lowest veteran unemployment rate – an amazing 1.7%!
Virginia
  Flag of VA Number of Veterans 687,271
% of Population Are Veterans 11%
Largest Service Period Gulf War I
Largest Veteran Age Group 35-54
Veteran Unemployment Rate 2.5%
Non-Veteran Unemployment Rate 3.7%
Number of VA Locations 20
Number of Veterans Per VA Location 34,364
Number of Military Bases 26
Did you know? Of all the states, Virginia has the fewest Veterans Administration health facilities per veteran. Also, Gulf War I veterans constitute the largest part of Virginia’s veteran population.
Washington
  Flag of Washington Number of Veterans 535,293
% of Population Are Veterans 9%
Largest Service Period Vietnam
Largest Veteran Age Group 65-74
Veteran Unemployment Rate 3.2%
Non-Veteran Unemployment Rate 4.5%
Number of VA Locations 19
Number of Veterans Per VA Location 28,173
Number of Military Bases 12
West Virginia
  Flag of West VA Number of Veterans 127,149
% of Population Are Veterans 9%
Largest Service Period Vietnam
Largest Veteran Age Group 65-74
Veteran Unemployment Rate 5.1%
Non-Veteran Unemployment Rate 5.1%
Number of VA Locations 14
Number of Veterans Per VA Location 9,082
Number of Military Bases 3
Wisconsin
  Flag of Wisconsin Number of Veterans 327,271
% of Population Are Veterans 7%
Largest Service Period Vietnam
Largest Veteran Age Group 65-74
Veteran Unemployment Rate 3.3%
Non-Veteran Unemployment Rate 3.1%
Number of VA Locations 21
Number of Veterans Per VA Location 15,584
Number of Military Bases 4
Wyoming
  Flag of Wyoming Number of Veterans 44,499
% of Population Are Veterans 10%
Largest Service Period Vietnam
Largest Veteran Age Group 65-74
Veteran Unemployment Rate 4.6%
Non-Veteran Unemployment Rate 4.1%
Number of VA Locations 15
Number of Veterans Per VA Location 2,967
Number of Military Bases 2
Did you know? Of all the states, Wyoming has the most Veterans Administration health facilities per veteran.

 

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