WalletHub: The Best and WORST Places in America For Veterans — How Does Your City Rate?

WalletHub has come out with its new list of the best and WORST cities in American to live in for veterans. Is your city on the list?

According to the 2018 WalletHub survey, the best city in the country for veterans is Austin, Texas. The Lone Star capital has now held the title of best city for two years in a row.

Rounding out the top five are Scottsdale, Arizona, then Colorado Springs, Colorado, Raleigh, North Carolina, and in fifth place, Gilbert, Arizona.

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“According to the Veterans Association, there are over 19.6 million veterans currently living in the U.S. These veterans often face a host of challenges when re-entering civilian life,” WalletHub wrote about its list. “Despite Uncle Sam’s promises to provide health care as well as housing, employment and educational assistance upon their return from service, some cannot secure healthcare, jobs or shelter.”

WalletHub also noted that the worst of the ten worst cities in which to be a veteran is Detroit, Michigan.

The list of ten worst is as follows: Detroit, Michigan (100); Newark, New Jersey (99); Memphis, Tennessee (98); Fresno, California (97); Baltimore, Maryland (96); Toledo, Ohio (95); San Bernardino, California (94); Baton Rouge, Louisiana (93); Cleveland, Ohio (92), and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania(91).

As to Breitbart News reported:

WalletHub analysts determined their “best and worst” picks by comparing 100 of the nation’s largest cities using 18 metrics such as veteran friendliness, percentage of military skill-related jobs, affordable housing, and availability of VA health facilities which they catalogued into four main categories – employment, economy, quality of life, and health. The study also ranked how cities performed in numerous subgroups.

So, what were the best statistics?

Plano, Texas, experienced the lowest veteran unemployment rate at 2.4 percent, which was 6.5 times lower than Detroit, the city with the highest unemployment rate at 15.6 percent. Plano, a Dallas suburb, ranked as sixth overall best city for veterans, followed by Virginia Beach, Virginia (#7); Irvine, California (#8); and Florida’s Tampa (#9) and Orlando (#10).

Virginia Beach had the highest veteran population of 130.4, which was 15.3 times greater than Hialeah, Florida, with only 8.51 veterans, according to the study. Although Hialeah, a Miami suburb, rated poorly (#97) on its percentage of military skill-related jobs, it had the lowest percent of veterans living below the poverty line. Stockton, California, with only 1.91 percent of impoverished former military members, placed second to the South Florida city.

Is your city (or the big city near you) on the list?

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Warner Todd Huston

Warner Todd Huston

Warner Todd Huston has been writing editorials and news since 2001 but started his writing career penning articles about U.S. history back in the early 1990s. Huston has appeared on Fox News, Fox Business Network, CNN, and several local Chicago News programs to discuss the issues of the day. Additionally, he is a regular guest on radio programs from coast to coast. Huston has also been a Breitbart News contributor since 2009. Warner works out of the Chicago area, a place he calls a "target rich environment" for political news.

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