5 Best Cities for Veterans to Live in
As part of our celebration of Veteran’s Day, we created a useful map of 5 cities that offer some of the best support systems for those who have served. Whether it’s the US Navy, Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, or Marine Corps – active duty or reserves – America’s veterans remain a valued community of brave individuals who deserve our thanks and gratitude. The following 5 location offer tremendous health, financial, and quality-of-life support for our nation’s heroes.
San Antonio is a great city for veterans. The city has five Veteran Affairs (VA) facilities within 50 miles, the most in Texas. This Lone Star city also has low unemployment rates for vets at 6.9% and only 7.4% of veterans are living below the poverty line according to statistics compiled by Veterans United.
Colorado Springs’ veterans make up over 11% of its population. It also has great VA accessibility with five VA facilities within the city. The “Springs” (as its nicknamed), employs its large veteran community through major job growth initiatives leveraging their real-world experiences and educational attainment.
Jacksonville also has a large veteran community with over 9% of its population having prior military experience. Although there are only 2 VA facilities in the city, Jacksonville has great school rankings, and the economy is growing for those looking to pursue other endeavors in their post-military service.
Virginia is a state that is highly focused on the military. Virginia has 27 military bases and installations, the most of any state. (Full-disclosure: Homes.com is based in Norfolk, Virginia.) Every branch of service has a base in the state as well as NATO’s Allied Command Transformation, which is NATOs only US headquarters. Alexandria offers many amenities for vets including 5 VA facilities, plus the unemployment rate for veterans is 2.1%.
Plano is far from plain. Plano offers some of the lowest crime rates in Texas and is an overall great city for families. Plano is also a great city for veterans offering a growing economy and low veteran poverty rate.
Did you know Veteran’s Day was created in 1919 by President Woodrow Wilson? Veteran’s Day was also originally called Armistice Day until 1954 when President Dwight D. Eisenhower changed its name. Currently, there are over 16.1 million living veterans that have served in at least one war according to the History Channel.
Homes.com sends our appreciation to all veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces!
If you’re a veteran looking to buy a home, check out our veteran-friendly city lists and well-earned VA mortgage programs, specifically for veterans.