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Veterans Day 2017: States With the Most Veterans

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    Veterans Day 2017: States With the Most Veterans

    The United States is home to nearly 20 million veterans and each November 11th serves as a national tribute to those who have dedicated their lives to protecting our country in the form of Veterans Day. Whether through parades, memorials, or a heartfelt “thank you for your service,” we honor the brave men and women of the armed forces and take the time to hear stories of their courage.

    The origin of this holiday dates back to the first Armistice Day on November 11, 1919 which represented the one-year anniversary of the end of World War I. As the U.S. emerged from World War II and the Korean War decades later, President Dwight D. Eisenhower changed the official holiday name to Veterans Day in 1954.

    In honor of Veterans Day, Stacker examined U.S. Census data released in 2017 to determine which states have the highest rates of veterans as a percentage of the adult civilian population. The Census defines veterans as those who have formerly had active duty service across the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard (in addition to U.S. Merchant Marine during World War II).

    For each state, we provide estimated populations for veterans ranging from recent tours of duty today to as far back as World War II- offering a glimpse into the legacy of service that resides within each state.

     

  • 2/ U.S. Army // Wikimedia

    #50. New York

    Veterans Percent: 4.7% of civilians 18 years or older
    Total Veterans: 723,582
    - World War II: 47,002
    - Korean War: 82,411
    - Vietnam War: 244,147
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 104,286
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 102,092

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    #49. New Jersey

    Veterans Percent: 4.8% of civilians 18 years or older
    Total Veterans: 330,766
    - World War II: 22,662
    - Korean War: 41,225
    - Vietnam War: 122,104
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 42,904
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 39,169

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    #48. California

    Veterans Percent: 5.4% of civilians 18 years or older
    Total Veterans: 1,624,519
    - World War II: 77,567
    - Korean War: 160,972
    - Vietnam War: 579,166
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 277,896
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 306,600

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    #47. Massachusetts

    Veterans Percent: 5.7% of civilians 18 years or older
    Total Veterans: 311,150
    - World War II: 20,232
    - Korean War: 35,260
    - Vietnam War: 111,101
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 40,588
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 43,477

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    #46. Utah

    Veterans Percent: 5.8% of civilians 18 years or older
    Total Veterans: 122,654
    - World War II: 5,676
    - Korean War: 11,890
    - Vietnam War: 44,597
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 24,901
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 25,766

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    #45. Illinois

    Veterans Percent: 5.9% of civilians 18 years or older
    Total Veterans: 583,994
    - World War II: 27,457
    - Korean War: 59,108
    - Vietnam War: 215,152
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 100,080
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 81,232

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    #44. Connecticut

    Veterans Percent: 6.1% of civilians 18 years or older
    Total Veterans: 170,879
    - World War II: 11,602
    - Korean War: 18,919
    - Vietnam War: 62,784
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 23,564
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 22,560

  • 9/ Chief Petty Officer James Foehl // wikimedia

    #43. Rhode Island

    Veterans Percent: 6.6% of civilians 18 years or older
    Total Veterans: 55,465
    - World War II: 3,063
    - Korean War: 7,198
    - Vietnam War: 20,982
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 8,360
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 7,325

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    #42. Louisiana

    Veterans Percent: 6.8% of civilians 18 years or older
    Total Veterans: 241,202
    - World War II: 8,439
    - Korean War: 20,142
    - Vietnam War: 85,295
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 52,591
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 44,700

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    #41. Texas

    Veterans Percent: 7.1% of civilians 18 years or older
    Total Veterans: 1,460,627
    - World War II: 42,735
    - Korean War: 98,842
    - Vietnam War: 501,215
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 361,740
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 358,210

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    #40. Michigan

    Veterans Percent: 7.2% of civilians 18 years or older
    Total Veterans: 559,155
    - World War II: 26,091
    - Korean War: 53,519
    - Vietnam War: 215,748
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 80,838
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 67,419

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    #39. Minnesota

    Veterans Percent: 7.3% of civilians 18 years or older
    Total Veterans: 310,786
    - World War II: 15,160
    - Korean War: 34,231
    - Vietnam War: 117,485
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 44,461
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 41,865

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    #38. Vermont

    Veterans Percent: 7.4% of civilians 18 years or older
    Total Veterans: 37,412
    - World War II: 2,672
    - Korean War: 3,558
    - Vietnam War: 15,259
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 5,794
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 4,679

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    #37. Wisconsin

    Veterans Percent: 7.5% of civilians 18 years or older
    Total Veterans: 336,559
    - World War II: 16,011
    - Korean War: 32,204
    - Vietnam War: 124,951
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 51,256
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 46,611

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    #36. Indiana

    Veterans Percent: 7.5% of civilians 18 years or older
    Total Veterans: 381,073
    - World War II: 16,211
    - Korean War: 33,991
    - Vietnam War: 135,322
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 64,324
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 48,855

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    #35. Iowa

    Veterans Percent: 7.6% of civilians 18 years or older
    Total Veterans: 183,822
    - World War II: 8,313
    - Korean War: 18,750
    - Vietnam War: 70,364
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 28,827
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 26,265

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    #34. Pennsylvania

    Veterans Percent: 7.8% of civilians 18 years or older
    Total Veterans: 791,295
    - World War II: 44,217
    - Korean War: 84,881
    - Vietnam War: 290,384
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 118,539
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 101,077

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    #33. Mississippi

    Veterans Percent: 7.8% of civilians 18 years or older
    Total Veterans: 176,719
    - World War II: 5,410
    - Korean War: 13,279
    - Vietnam War: 62,121
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 42,170
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 35,405

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    #32. Maryland

    Veterans Percent: 8.0% of civilians 18 years or older
    Total Veterans: 370,459
    - World War II: 12,272
    - Korean War: 25,555
    - Vietnam War: 114,677
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 93,697
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 90,266

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    #31. Kentucky

    Veterans Percent: 8.0% of civilians 18 years or older
    Total Veterans: 272,899
    - World War II: 9,710
    - Korean War: 22,258
    - Vietnam War: 104,894
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 57,676
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 43,802

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    #30. Kansas

    Veterans Percent: 8.1% of civilians 18 years or older
    Total Veterans: 175,372
    - World War II: 7,716
    - Korean War: 16,059
    - Vietnam War: 64,245
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 33,611
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 35,641

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    #29. Ohio

    Veterans Percent: 8.1% of civilians 18 years or older
    Total Veterans: 729,520
    - World War II: 33,121
    - Korean War: 63,800
    - Vietnam War: 268,351
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 127,262
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 99,558

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    #28. North Dakota

    Veterans Percent: 8.1% of civilians 18 years or older
    Total Veterans: 46,905
    - World War II: 1,859
    - Korean War: 4,305
    - Vietnam War: 15,412
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 10,403
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 10,453

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    #27. Georgia

    Veterans Percent: 8.3% of civilians 18 years or older
    Total Veterans: 643,660
    - World War II: 15,042
    - Korean War: 38,917
    - Vietnam War: 211,815
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 184,791
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 140,928

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    #26. Tennessee

    Veterans Percent: 8.3% of civilians 18 years or older
    Total Veterans: 427,976
    - World War II: 11,509
    - Korean War: 32,570
    - Vietnam War: 159,300
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 87,948
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 77,991

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    #25. Nebraska

    Veterans Percent: 8.4% of civilians 18 years or older
    Total Veterans: 120,533
    - World War II: 5,565
    - Korean War: 12,106
    - Vietnam War: 42,666
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 24,898
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 22,187

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    #24. Delaware

    Veterans Percent: 8.5% of civilians 18 years or older
    Total Veterans: 63,316
    - World War II: 2,834
    - Korean War: 5,827
    - Vietnam War: 24,790
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 11,103
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 7,178

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    #23. North Carolina

    Veterans Percent: 8.6% of civilians 18 years or older
    Total Veterans: 666,425
    - World War II: 19,936
    - Korean War: 48,245
    - Vietnam War: 233,373
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 158,803
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 139,729

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    #22. Arkansas

    Veterans Percent: 8.7% of civilians 18 years or older
    Total Veterans: 197,781
    - World War II: 7,887
    - Korean War: 16,417
    - Vietnam War: 82,486
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 39,273
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 30,854

  • 31/ U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Gary Granger Jr. // Wikimedia

    #21. Florida

    Veterans Percent: 8.7% of civilians 18 years or older
    Total Veterans: 1,429,330
    - World War II: 69,515
    - Korean War: 153,529
    - Vietnam War: 520,995
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 284,909
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 230,714

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    #20. Alabama

    Veterans Percent: 8.8% of civilians 18 years or older
    Total Veterans: 331,076
    - World War II: 9,752
    - Korean War: 28,331
    - Vietnam War: 120,266
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 74,090
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 66,581

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    #19. Colorado

    Veterans Percent: 8.9% of civilians 18 years or older
    Total Veterans: 376,108
    - World War II: 10,344
    - Korean War: 24,471
    - Vietnam War: 136,818
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 91,583
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 84,466

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    #18. Idaho

    Veterans Percent: 8.9% of civilians 18 years or older
    Total Veterans: 110,599
    - World War II: 4,286
    - Korean War: 10,519
    - Vietnam War: 43,306
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 21,973
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 18,244

  • 35/ U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Justin P. Nesbitt // Wikimedia

    #17. Missouri

    Veterans Percent: 9.0% of civilians 18 years or older
    Total Veterans: 420,122
    - World War II: 17,314
    - Korean War: 40,472
    - Vietnam War: 160,323
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 76,766
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 64,975

  • 36/ U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Scott Pittman // wikimedia

    #16. New Mexico

    Veterans Percent: 9.0% of civilians 18 years or older
    Total Veterans: 142,187
    - World War II: 5,341
    - Korean War: 12,483
    - Vietnam War: 56,879
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 30,911
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 25,189

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    #15. New Hampshire

    Veterans Percent: 9.1% of civilians 18 years or older
    Total Veterans: 97,864
    - World War II: 4,473
    - Korean War: 9,076
    - Vietnam War: 35,370
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 18,632
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 13,913

  • 38/ Oregon National Guard from Salem, Oregon, United States // Wikimedia

    #14. Oregon

    Veterans Percent: 9.2% of civilians 18 years or older
    Total Veterans: 295,845
    - World War II: 14,322
    - Korean War: 27,221
    - Vietnam War: 115,454
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 51,287
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 44,973

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    #13. Arizona

    Veterans Percent: 9.2% of civilians 18 years or older
    Total Veterans: 485,094
    - World War II: 19,106
    - Korean War: 46,868
    - Vietnam War: 189,899
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 93,435
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 78,926

  • 40/ SrA Daniel Hughes // wikimedia

    #12. Nevada

    Veterans Percent: 9.2% of civilians 18 years or older
    Total Veterans: 208,263
    - World War II: 4,978
    - Korean War: 14,393
    - Vietnam War: 80,721
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 42,051
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 38,290

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    #11. Oklahoma

    Veterans Percent: 9.4% of civilians 18 years or older
    Total Veterans: 275,808
    - World War II: 8,749
    - Korean War: 22,456
    - Vietnam War: 102,588
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 58,870
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 56,271

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    #10. South Dakota

    Veterans Percent: 9.5% of civilians 18 years or older
    Total Veterans: 61,405
    - World War II: 1,437
    - Korean War: 5,657
    - Vietnam War: 21,702
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 13,041
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 12,092

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    #9. West Virginia

    Veterans Percent: 9.5% of civilians 18 years or older
    Total Veterans: 137,939
    - World War II: 5,762
    - Korean War: 11,826
    - Vietnam War: 56,078
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 22,762
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 19,555

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    #8. Washington

    Veterans Percent: 9.6% of civilians 18 years or older
    Total Veterans: 537,385
    - World War II: 20,097
    - Korean War: 38,527
    - Vietnam War: 196,101
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 125,633
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 111,941

  • 45/ Linda Hosek // wikimedia

    #7. Maine

    Veterans Percent: 9.6% of civilians 18 years or older
    Total Veterans: 102,948
    - World War II: 6,802
    - Korean War: 10,016
    - Vietnam War: 39,938
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 18,530
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 11,827

  • 46/ SSgt Rasheen Douglas // wikimedia

    #6. South Carolina

    Veterans Percent: 9.6% of civilians 18 years or older
    Total Veterans: 367,504
    - World War II: 9,379
    - Korean War: 27,288
    - Vietnam War: 139,158
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 87,026
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 74,266

  • 47/ Staff Sgt. Jason Fudge // wikimedia

    #5. Hawaii

    Veterans Percent: 9.7% of civilians 18 years or older
    Total Veterans: 104,719
    - World War II: 3,622
    - Korean War: 7,431
    - Vietnam War: 34,650
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 22,136
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 31,882

  • 48/ U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 3rd Class Brian Stueber // wikimedia

    #4. Virginia

    Veterans Percent: 10.4% of civilians 18 years or older
    Total Veterans: 671,080
    - World War II: 18,844
    - Korean War: 39,889
    - Vietnam War: 205,464
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 224,425
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 197,250

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    #3. Montana

    Veterans Percent: 10.5% of civilians 18 years or older
    Total Veterans: 85,461
    - World War II: 3,620
    - Korean War: 7,167
    - Vietnam War: 32,101
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 16,959
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 15,010

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    #2. Wyoming

    Veterans Percent: 10.7% of civilians 18 years or older
    Total Veterans: 47,535
    - World War II: 1,293
    - Korean War: 3,440
    - Vietnam War: 17,727
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 10,701
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 9,079

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    #1. Alaska

    Veterans Percent: 12.2% of civilians 18 years or older
    Total Veterans: 65,814
    - World War II: 695
    - Korean War: 2,011
    - Vietnam War: 19,026
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 20,730
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 22,691

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