NerdWallet recently released its ranking for the 50 best cities in the United States for veterans and found that they don’t stray far from the military community. All the cities on the list have at least one military base nearby.
There’s also a large population of veterans. NerdWallet found about 8.6% of Americans are veterans, but in some cities on the list, the percentage of veterans in the population reaches nearly 28%.
Two key factors went into NerdWallet’s analysis: economic opportunity and community.
Economic opportunity represented 70% of a city’s score. NerdWallet identified public administration, manufacturing, transportation, warehousing and utilities as industries where there were at least 2% more veterans than civilian workers. Cities with more residents hired in those industries rated higher.
NerdWallet also considered data from the 2013 U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, like veterans’ unemployment rate, the percentage of veterans living under the poverty line and veterans’ median income.