All the best cities for veterans are in the South, according to new study

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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, Fla. 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, Fla., Raleigh, N.C. and Scottsdale, Ariz.

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

Hialeah, Fla. 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, Va. 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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In this March 12, 2016, file photo, Marines of the U.S., left, and South Korea, wearing blue headbands on their helmets, take positions after landing on a beach during the joint military combined amphibious exercise, called Ssangyong, part of the Key Resolve and Foal Eagle military exercises, in Pohang, South Korea. (Associated Press/Yonhap/Kim Jun-bum)

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