Veterans have a variety of factors to consider when choosing where they want to retire, including access to quality VA hospitals and doctors, lifestyle factors and proximity to family.

A recent study by WalletHub examined a variety of data to rank each state in terms of its friendliness for military retirees. But are veterans actually choosing those states for their retirement?

There are about 10 million veterans aged 65 and older living in the United States, according to the National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics. Not suprisingly, those veterans tend to retire in the same locations that most of the rest of the country’s retirees choose to spend their golden years.

Following is a list of the 10 states many veterans over age 65 call home:

Fort Pulaski

Fort Pulaski National Monument, Georgia. (Photo: iStock)

10. Georgia

Total veterans: 752,882.

Veterans age 65+: 282,271.

Percentage of all veterans age 65+ living in Georgia: 2.87 percent.

Total adult population: 7.7 million.

Percentage of adult population made up of veterans age 65+: 3.66 percent.

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Kings Mountain National Memorial

Kings Mountain National Military Park, North Carolina. (Photo: iStock)

9. North Carolina

Total veterans: 775,020.

Veterans age 65+: 316,095.

Percentage of veterans age 65+ living in North Carolina: 3.21 percent.

Total adult population: 7.8 million.

Percentage of adult population made up of veterans age 65+: 4.08 percent.

Fort Makinac

Cannon and watchtower in Fort Mackinac, Michigan. (Photo: iStock)

8. Michigan

Total veterans: 658,469.

Veterans age 65+: 327,069.

Percentage of all veterans age 65+ living in Michigan: 3.32 percent.

Total adult population: 7.7 million.

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Naval Station Great Lakes

Naval Station Great Lakes, Illinois. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

7. Illinois

Total veterans: 721,575.

Veterans age 65+: 347,572.

Percentage of all veterans age 65+ living in Illinois: 3.53 percent.

Total adult population: 9.9 million.

Percentage of adult population made up of veterans age 65+: 3.51 percent.

Sidney, Ohio

American flags around an Operation Desert Storm memorial in Sidney, Ohio. (Photo: iStock)

6. Ohio

Total veterans: 866,481.

Veterans age 65+: 404,620.

Percentage of all veterans age 65+ living in Ohio: 4.11 percent.

Total adult population: 9 million.

Percentage of adult population made up of veterans age 65+: 4.5 percent.

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Fleet Week New York

Fleet Week In New York City. (Photo: iStock)

5. New York

Total veterans: 892,221.

Veterans age 65+: 456,591.

Percentage of all veterans age 65+ living in New York: 4.64 percent.

Total adult population: 15.6 million.

Percentage of adult population made up of veterans age 65+: 2.93 percent.

Gettysburg

Artillery battery at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. (Photo: iStock)

4. Pennsylvania

Total veterans: 939,069.

Veterans age 65+: 478,256.

Percentage of all veterans age 65+ living in Pennsylvania: 4.86 percent.

Total adult population: 10.1 million.

Percentage of adult population made up of veterans age 65+: 4.73 percent.

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Marine Corps Band in Texas

The U.S. Marine Corps Band marching past the landmard Red Courthouse Museum in the annual State Fair of Texas parade, through downtown Dallas. (Photo: iStock)

3. Texas

Total veterans: 1,680,418.

Veterans age 65+: 663,270

Percentage of all veterans age 65+ living in Texas: 6.74 percent.

Total adult population: 20.3 million.

Percentage of adult population made up of veterans age 65+: 3.27 percent.

Blue Angels, Florida

U.S. Navy Blue Angels flying in formation during the Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show in Pensacola, Florida. (Photo: iStock)

2. Florida

Total veterans: 1,583,697.

Veterans age 65+: 793,907.

Percentage of all veterans age 65+ living in Florida: 8.06 percent.

Total adult population: 16.2 million.

Percentage of adult population made up of veterans age 65+: 4.91 percent.

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San Diego

The sculpture of unconditional surrender at San Diego Midway historical museum in California. (Photo: iStock)

1. California

Total veterans: 1,851,470.

Veterans age 65+: 881,157.

Percentage of all veterans age 65+ living in California: 8.95 percent.

Total adult population: 30 million.

Percentage of adult population made up of veterans age 65+: 2.93 percent

 

See also:

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