Veteran population data used in the maps below are 2016 estimates published the Department of Veteran Affairs, which we compared to 2018 population census to calculate the rate. Source: National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics
Many cities on this map show a very low rate, but that doesn't mean that they have low veteran populations. For example, Los Angeles is home to over 300 thousand veterans but has a population of over 10 million, bringing its rate to about 303 per 10 thousand. Rural counties show very high rates, but that's because things get tricky when populations are small.
Top three counties in veterans per 10 thousand people:
Liberty County, Georgia — 2,007 per 10k (12,536 vets, 62,467 people)
Okaloosa County, Florida — 1,792 per 10k (35,609 vets, 198,664 people)
Geary County, Kansas — 1,754 per 10k (6,495 vets, 37,030 people)
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