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Fort Worth’s educational opportunities, diverse museum and arts collection, local sports teams and property tax exemptions, are what made the city No. 1 for military families.

Fort Worth’s educational opportunities, diverse museum and arts collection, local sports teams and property tax exemptions, are what made the city No. 1 for military families. (Steve Wilson, Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS)

(Tribune News Service) — Just in time for Veterans Day, Fort Worth was named the top city in the country for military families.

Navy Federal Credit Union recently released their 2022 Best Cities After Service report which listed Fort Worth as the number one city for military members raising a family. Fort Worth was also listed as 18 overall on the best cities after service list.

Fort Worth’s educational opportunities, diverse museum and arts collection, local sports teams and property tax exemptions, are what made the city No. 1 for military families, said Col. Clay Stackhouse, U.S. Marine Corps, retired, and regional outreach manager at Navy Federal Credit Union.

“We just wanted to highlight how grateful Fort Worth was to veterans and their families,” Stackhouse said.

Over 400 cities across the country were evaluated and ranked for the list, based on a quality-of-life metrics such as cost of living, veteran community and family-friendly environment.

Navy Federal Credit Union called Fort Worth the cultural and commercial heart of North Texas. The list went on to state that the high concentrations of green space and child-centric entertainment like the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History and Fort Worth Zoo, as big factors in naming the city as the top destination for military members raising families.

Over 250,000 military veterans transition out of service each year. Those veterans are going to want to provide and take care of their families, which is the reason for lists like this, Stackhouse said.

From educational opportunities to sports and extracurricular activities, Fort Worth topped evaluators’ lists.

“We’re just highlighting the fact that each of those 250,000 journeys out of the military is unique,” Stackhouse said. “We’re just broadening out the list to give them something that they can use as they transition out.”

The full 2022 Best Cities After Service list can be found online from Navy Federal Credit Union.

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