Kari Lloyd
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, ApartmentGuide.com 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

StatePopulation of VeteransCities Nearest to Military Bases
California1,851,470Los Angeles, CA (LA Air Force Base, Twentynine Palms Marine Corps Base)
San Diego, CA (CampPendleton, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Naval Base Coronado)
Texas1,680,418Killeen, TX (Fort Hood)
El Paso, TX (Fort Bliss)
San Antonio, TX (Fort Sam Houston, Lackland AFB)
Florida1,583,697Jacksonville, FL (Blount Island Command, NAS Jacksonville)
Mayport, FL (Naval Station Mayport)
Pennsylvania939,069Horsham Township, PA (JRB Willow Grove)
Mechanicsburg, PA (NSA Mechanicsburg)
Carlisle, PA (Carlisle Barracks)
New York892,221Brooklyn, NY (Fort Hamilton)
West Point, NY (US Military Academy)
Saratoga Springs, NY (Saratoga Springs NSU)
Ohio866,481Dayton, OH (Wright-Patterson Air Force Base)
Cleveland, OH (ISC Cleveland)
Virginia781,388Bowling Green VA (Fort AP Hill)
Arlington, VA (Fort Myer, National Maritime Center, Henderson Hall)
North Carolina775,020Fayetteville, NC (Fort Bragg)
Elizabeth City, NC (Air Station Elizabeth City, National Strike Force)
Georgia752,882Atlanta, GA (Fort McPherson)
Savannah, GA (Hunter Army Airfield)
Marietta, GA (Naval Air Station Atlanta)
Illinois721,575Chicago, 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!




About The Author

Kari Lloyd has been a freelance writer for over 15 years. A Chicago native and recent transplant to Atlanta, Kari spent 10 years living in London, UK where she worked as a music journalist and restaurant reviewer.