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    Top 10 Best U.S. Cities for Veterans

    If you're a veteran or a military member due to separate from the military soon, Veterans United has curated a list of the 50 best places to live and buy a home across the country! 

    The list weighed such factors as:

    • Unemployment rates for both civilians and veterans
    • Cost of living
    • Ratio of VA hospitals to veterans
    • Housing affordability
    • Percentage of monthly income spent on rent or mortgage payment
    • Quality of life for veterans
    • Availability of VA benefits

    and much more. We're highlighting the top 10 cities on the list, so come along for a quick tour!

    Top 10 Best Cities for Veterans


    Top 10 Best Cities for Veterans

    1) San Antonio, Texas

    "Military City USA" has a well deserved reputation for being friendly to military and veterans alike with its low veteran unemployment rate, affordable housing, and plentiful educational opportunities.  

    The Alamo in San Antonio, Texas


    2) Lincoln, Nebraska

    With a civilian unemployment rate (4.5%) the lowest out of all 50 cities surveyed and its top-rated VA health facilities, you may choose a home in the heartland after military retirement!

    202982011_5fc788dee0_zImage via I'interdit Flickr

    3) Arlington, Texas

    It's no surprise that Texas is featured heavily in this top 50 list--12 cities are located in the "friendship" state, which hosts 18 active military installations. Arlington, located in the Fort Worth/Dallas metroplex, is right in the center of it all!

    Arlington TexasImage via Wikimedia Commons


    4) Raleigh, North Carolina

    The capital city of North Carolina could be a great place to plant roots after your military service, with its gorgeous neighborhoods and plentiful historic attractions and parks, not to mention the low cost of living compared to the national average. 

    Raleigh, North Carolina, USA downtown city skyline.


    5) Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

    With low rental prices compared to the national average and a good percentage of veteran owned businesses, this unique city which hosts Tinker AFB will offer you the best of "cowboy culture" along with shopping, sports, and nightlife. 

    512px-Automobile_Alley_in_Oklahoma_CityImage via Wikimedia Commons


    6) Colorado Springs, Colorado

    Make your forever home in the shadow of Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs, where nearly 13% of the population call themselves veterans.

    Colorado Springs, Colorado


    7) Boise, Idaho

    This western city boasts a high job growth rate with a correlating veteran income growth of 6.7% since 2012. 

    Boise Idaho


    8) Jacksonville, Florida

    Nestled in northeastern Florida near the Atlantic Ocean, your life of surfing and beach combing will also be accompanied by a lower cost of living than the national average and a large number of educational facilities approved for your VA benefits. 

    Jacksonville, Florida, USA downtown city skyline.


    9) Fort Worth, Texas

    Three Texas cities in the top 10? No surprise. From spring Bluebonnets to a vibrant city life in the DFW region, you likely won't run out of things to do--or more importantly, job opportunities--in the heart of this city!

    Stock yards in Fort Worth


    10) Columbus, Ohio

    Interested in settling down in the Buckeye State? Rounding out the top ten is the capital city of Ohio, with its #1 rated VA health facilities and affordable housing.

    Columbus, Ohio


    Check out home listings in other veteran-friendly cities: El Paso, Texas; Tampa, Florida; Anchorage, Alaska; and Norfolk, Virginia

    Thanks to Veterans United for this helpful information! View the complete list of 50 best cities for veteran homebuyers, then click the image below to connect with Veterans United and get more information about a zero down VA Home Loan.

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    Jen McDonald


    Jen McDonald

    Jen McDonald is the Content Editor for MilitaryByOwner Advertising. She's a longtime writer, the author of the book You Are Not Alone: Encouragement for the Heart of a Military Spouse, the host of the Milspouse Matters podcast, and has been published in several books and numerous national publications. She was a military spouse for nearly 30 years and is the mom of four (including one son in the military). One of her happiest roles now is being a grandmother. She and her newly retired Air Force husband have been stationed all around the world from Europe to the Pacific and won’t count how many houses they’ve lived in because that would be too depressing. Her passion is encouraging young military spouses and regularly sharing about topics like military life, parenting, homeschooling...and now grandparenting! See more from Jen at her site, Jen McDonald and find her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram , and Pinterest.

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