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Best Places for Veterans

Best Places for Veterans
Are you preparing to transition from the military? Taking the plunge into civilian life comes with a lot of new and challenging tasks, including the choice of where to live.

USAA teamed up with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes program in order to discover the best places for veterans starting out, seeking careers and enjoying military retirement.

“Service members have made a career of being resilient and adaptable to new environments… You need to embrace that when considering your next move.”

 – Eric Engquist, Assistant Vice President of USAA.


Unemployment Rate: 5.1%
Local Military Employers: USAA, iHeartMedia
Median Home Price: $131,200

Grabbing a Top-5 spot in all three categories, San Antonio is truly a veteran’s home. With JBSA within 22 miles of city center and a median home price below the national average, San Antonio is packed with military friendly schools and businesses.


1.      Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Nearby Colleges: University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, Duquesne University
Median Rental Price: $799
Unemployment Rate: 5.9%
Bonus Factor: Known as the Steel City, Pittsburgh boasts two top universities for veteran assistance programs. 


2.     Austin, Texas

Nearby Colleges: University of Texas at Austin, St. Edwards University
Median Rental Price: $1,098
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Bonus Factor: The Live Music Capital of the World is the top-spot on Forbes’ annual fastest-growing cities list for four years in a row. It’s also 75 miles from Fort Hood.


3.     Oklahoma City. Oklahoma  

Nearby Colleges: University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University
Median Rental Price: $751
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Bonus Factor: Oklahoma City has the lowest median rental price and is known for its employment opportunities in the oil and gas industry.


4.      San Antonio, Texas

5.      St. Louis, Missouri

6.      Columbus, Ohio

7.      State College, Pennsylvania

8.     Cincinnati, Ohio

9.      College Station, Texas

10.  Minneapolis, Minnesota


1.      Houston, Texas

Top Industries for Veterans: Trade, transportation and utilities

Military Employers: Halliburton, Sysco

Unemployment Rate: 5.4%

Bonus Factor: Houston is home to 26 Fortune 500 companies and more than 300,000 veterans.


2.      Santa Ana, California
Top Industries for Veterans: Professional and business services
Military Employers: Western Digital, CoreLogic
Unemployment Rate: 5.4%
Bonus Factor: As the civic center of Orange County, Santa Ana is home to more than 3 million people and several days of sunshine.


3.      Baltimore, Maryland
Top Industries for Veterans: Education and health services
Military Employers: Hilton, Under Armour
Unemployment Rate: 7%
Bonus factor: As a port city, Baltimore is continuously growing and specializing in veteran resources. It is one of the nation’s largest concentration of S.T.E.M. jobs.



4.      San Antonio

5.      Austin, Texas

6.      Bethesda, Maryland

7.      Cincinnati, Ohio

8.     New York

9.      Fort Worth, Texas

10.  Pittsburgh



1.       Cincinnati, Ohio
Population: 2,129,745
Nearby Installations: Wright-Patterson AFB
Median Home Price: $129,200

2.      Madison, Wisconsin
Population: 570,687
Nearby Installations: Fort McCoy
Median Home Price: $198,500

3.      Harrisburg, PA
Population: 548,996
Nearby Installations: Carlisle Barracks
Median Home Price: $154,100


4.      San Antonio

5.      Austin, Texas

6.      Orlando, Florida

7.      Wichita, Kansas

8.     Gainesville, Florida

9.      Albany, New York

10.  Nashville, Tennessee

What do you think? Do you agree with this list? Let us know in the comments below!


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