Post-military life is here. Have you decided where you want to live once you no longer have the U.S. military telling you where to live?
Below, we share the top 5 destinations - separated as large, medium and small cities for veterans - as featured in the Military Times' first-ever Best for Vets: Places to Live feature.
So, how did Military Times compile their list of top cities for veterans to live? The online military news source started with the Census Bureau's top 577 cities.
They then evaluated a list of metrics (both federal and private) and "considered the sorts of military- and veteran-specific culture and services that can lead city vet populations to swell into six figures, as well as economics and livability factors, such as traffic and crime."
Here's the complete methodology used to compile the Best of Vets: Places to Live 2015 list for military veterans.
Below are the top 5 cities for veterans to live broken down by large, medium and small cities. Click on the links to see all 25 cities in each category along with information like: median income, median home price, unemployment rate, median monthly rent, population (overall, veteran, military) and more.
Best Places for Vets (Large Cities) - These military destinations for veterans are cities with 250,000 or larger.
1. Virginia Beach, VA
2. Colorado Springs, CO
3. San Antonio, TX
4. San Diego, CA
5. Oklahoma City, OK
Best Places for Vets (Medium Cities) - These military destinations for veterans are cities with 75,000 to 250,000.
1. Alexandria, VA
2. Arlington, VA
3. Centennial, CO
4. Mission Viejo, CA
5. Arvada, CO
Best Places for Vets (Small Cities) - These military destinations for veterans are cities with fewer than 75,000.
1. Glen Burnie, MD
2. Bethesda, MD
3. Ellicott City, MD
4. Camarillo, CA
5. Yorba Linda, CA
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