How California ranks as a place for veterans to live – Orange County Register

More vets live in California than any other state, but that might not be for long. Here’s a look at how California ranks in several categories for veterans and what the future might hold.

Best places to live

This week the personal finance website WalletHub released its report on the best and worst places for veterans to live. The report compares the 100 largest U.S. cities, using 17 metrics. California has more than 1.73 million veterans and had 17 cities ranked. Here’s a look:

You can see the full report at WalletHub here.

Best cities

  1. Austin, Texas
  2. Colorado Springs, Colo.
  3. Virginia Beach, Va.
  4. Raleigh, N.C.
  5. Plano, Texas
  6. Tampa, Fla.
  7. Fremont
  8. Seattle
  9. San Diego
  10. Boise, Idaho

Worst cities

91. Cleveland
92. San Bernardino
93. Toledo, Ohio
94. North Las Vegas
95. Birmingham, Ala.
96. Memphis, Tenn.
97. Hialeah, Fla.
98. Baltimore
99. Newark, N.J.
100. Detroit

How the rankings are calculated:

Total scores are based on rankings for jobs, economy, quality of life and health. Rankings are based on some of the following criteria, with 25 points in each category:

Jobs: Share of military skill-related jobs and veteran unemployment rates.

Economy: Housing affordability, veteran income growth, education opportunity and share of veterans living below the poverty level.

Quality of life: Veteran population levels, family-friendliness and retiree-friendliness.

Health: VA benefits facilities and quality of the facilities.

Veteran population projections

The Department of Veterans Affairs predicts the total veteran population is predicted to decline from 20 million in 2017 to 13.6 million in 2037.

Veteran population in millions


Where the vets live

California has the most veterans of any state, with 1.73 million in FY 2016.

VA facilities, California, National

Number of inpatient care sites, 10, 155

Number of outpatient care sites, 60, 1,028

Number of vet centers, 30, 300

Number of VBA regional offices, 3, 55

Number of cemeteries, 13, 243

Annual percentage change of veteran population by…

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