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States with the most veterans

Stacker Logo By Noah Greenberg of Stacker | Slide 1 of 51: Every day, thousands of brave men and women put their lives on the line to defend our country. In an incredible sacrifice, the members of the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard have chosen to serve our nation in one of the most selfless ways possible.But for many of America’s soldiers, service doesn’t end upon returning home - America’s veterans continue to make a huge impact every day, from acting as everyday heroes on the street to using their wings to bring rescue dogs to new owners. Indeed, there are over 20M U.S. Veterans in America today, with incredible volunteering opportunities all around us in a chance to interact with real-life heroes.But where do our veterans decide to settle upon returning home? Stacker examined U.S. Census data released in 2017 to determine which states have the highest rates of veterans as a percentage of the adult civilian population. The Census defines veterans as those who have formerly had active duty service across the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard (in addition to U.S. Merchant Marine during World War II).For each state, we provide estimated populations for veterans ranging from recent tours of duty today to as far back as World War II- offering a glimpse into the legacy of service that resides within each state.So how many veterans live in your state? Read on to see the U.S. states with the most vets.

States With the Most Veterans

Every day, thousands of brave men and women put their lives on the line to defend our country. In an incredible sacrifice, the members of the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard have chosen to serve our nation in one of the most selfless ways possible.

But for many of America’s soldiers, service doesn’t end upon returning home - America’s veterans continue to make a huge impact every day, from acting as everyday heroes on the street to using their wings to bring rescue dogs to new owners. Indeed, there are over 20M U.S. Veterans in America today, with incredible volunteering opportunities all around us in a chance to interact with real-life heroes.

But where do our veterans decide to settle upon returning home?

Stacker examined U.S. Census data released in 2017 to determine which states have the highest rates of veterans as a percentage of the adult civilian population. The Census defines veterans as those who have formerly had active duty service across the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard (in addition to U.S. Merchant Marine during World War II).

For each state, we provide estimated populations for veterans ranging from recent tours of duty today to as far back as World War II- offering a glimpse into the legacy of service that resides within each state.

So how many veterans live in your state? Read on to see the U.S. states with the most vets.

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