New study lists the best US cities for veterans

By KATEY PSENCIK | The Providence Journal | Published: November 6, 2019

(Tribune News Service) — There are an estimated 19 million veterans living in the United States in 2019.

In honor of Veterans Day, WalletHub conducted a study examining the top 100 U.S. cities for veterans based on veteran-friendliness, livability, job availability and military skill-related jobs, among other criteria.

Tampa, Florida, is the best city for veterans, the study revealed. The city ranked high in terms of quality of life and employment. Austin, Texas, is the second-best city for veterans, followed by Orlando, Florida., Raleigh, North Carolina, and Scottsdale, Arizona.

In terms of employment, Fremont, California, topped the list for highest percentage of military skill-related jobs and Santa Ana, California, had the lowest veteran unemployment rate. Conversely, Las Vegas had the lowest percentage of military skill-related jobs, and Newark, New Jersey, had the highest veteran unemployment rate. Fremont also had the lowest percentage of veterans in poverty, whereas Jersey City, New Jersey, had the highest poverty percentage.

Hialeah, Florida, is the top city for veteran income growth, but it's the city with the lowest veteran population out of the cities studied.

Virginia Beach, Virginia, had the highest veteran population and also the lowest percentage of homeless veterans. San Francisco had the highest rate of homeless veterans.

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