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    States With the Most Veterans

    Every day thousands of brave men and women put their lives on the line to defend our country. In an incredible sacrifice, the members of the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard have chosen to serve our nation in one of the most selfless ways possible.

    But for many of America’s soldiers service doesn’t end upon returning home - America’s veterans continue to make a huge impact every day from acting as everyday heroes on the street to using their wings to bring rescue dogs to new owners. Indeed there are over 20M U.S. Veterans in America today with incredible volunteering opportunities all around us in a chance to interact with real-life heroes.

    But where do our veterans decide to settle upon returning home?

    Stacker examined U.S. Census data released in 2017 to determine which states (plus D.C. and Puerto Rico) 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 location, 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, Puerto Rico, and D.C. 

    So how many veterans live in your state? Read on to see the U.S. states with the most vets.

     

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    #52. Puerto Rico

    Total veterans: 79,492 (2.93% of population 18 years or older)

    - World War II: 1,986
    - Korean War: 14,716
    - Vietnam War: 26,175
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 11,457
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 10,616

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    #51. New York

    Total veterans: 723,582 (4.66% of population 18 years or older)

    - 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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    #50. District of Columbia

    Total veterans: 26,346 (4.73% of population 18 years or older)

    - World War II: 561
    - Korean War: 2,059
    - Vietnam War: 7,666
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 6,549
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 6,111

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    #49. New Jersey

    Total veterans: 330,766 (4.76% of population 18 years or older)

    - 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

    Total veterans: 1,624,519 (5.41% of population 18 years or older)

    - 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

    Total veterans: 311,150 (5.73% of population 18 years or older)

    - 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

    Total veterans: 122,654 (5.77% of population 18 years or older)

    - 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

    Total veterans: 583,994 (5.92% of population 18 years or older)

    - 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

    Total veterans: 170,879 (6.07% of population 18 years or older)

    - 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

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    #43. Rhode Island

    Total veterans: 55,465 (6.57% of population 18 years or older)

    - 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

    Total veterans: 241,202 (6.80% of population 18 years or older)

    - 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

    Total veterans: 1,460,627 (7.13% of population 18 years or older)

    - 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

    Total veterans: 559,155 (7.23% of population 18 years or older)

    - 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

    Total veterans: 310,786 (7.35% of population 18 years or older)

    - 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

    Total veterans: 37,412 (7.40% of population 18 years or older)

    - 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

    Total veterans: 336,559 (7.49% of population 18 years or older)

    - 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

    Total veterans: 381,073 (7.54% of population 18 years or older)

    - 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

    Total veterans: 183,822 (7.64% of population 18 years or older)

    - 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

    Total veterans: 791,295 (7.83% of population 18 years or older)

    - 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

    Total veterans: 176,719 (7.84% of population 18 years or older)

    - 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

    Total veterans: 370,459 (7.98% of population 18 years or older)

    - 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

    Total veterans: 272,899 (8.00% of population 18 years or older)

    - 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

    Total veterans: 175,372 (8.05% of population 18 years or older)

    - 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

    Total veterans: 729,520 (8.11% of population 18 years or older)

    - 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

    Total veterans: 46,905 (8.13% of population 18 years or older)

    - 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

    Total veterans: 643,660 (8.30% of population 18 years or older)

    - 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

    Total veterans: 427,976 (8.35% of population 18 years or older)

    - 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

    Total veterans: 120,533 (8.44% of population 18 years or older)

    - 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

    Total veterans: 63,316 (8.50% of population 18 years or older)

    - 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

    Total veterans: 666,425 (8.57% of population 18 years or older)

    - 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

    Total veterans: 197,781 (8.69% of population 18 years or older)

    - 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

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    #21. Florida

    Total veterans: 1,429,330 (8.71% of population 18 years or older)

    - 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

    Total veterans: 331,076 (8.83% of population 18 years or older)

    - 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

    Total veterans: 376,108 (8.86% of population 18 years or older)

    - 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

    Total veterans: 110,599 (8.89% of population 18 years or older)

    - 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

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    #17. Missouri

    Total veterans: 420,122 (8.97% of population 18 years or older)

    - 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

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    #16. New Mexico

    Total veterans: 142,187 (8.99% of population 18 years or older)

    - 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

    Total veterans: 97,864 (9.13% of population 18 years or older)

    - 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

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    #14. Oregon

    Total veterans: 295,845 (9.18% of population 18 years or older)

    - 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

    Total veterans: 485,094 (9.18% of population 18 years or older)

    - 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

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    #12. Nevada

    Total veterans: 208,263 (9.23% of population 18 years or older)

    - 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

    Total veterans: 275,808 (9.36% of population 18 years or older)

    - 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

    Total veterans: 61,405 (9.45% of population 18 years or older)

    - 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

    Total veterans: 137,939 (9.49% of population 18 years or older)

    - 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

    Total veterans: 537,385 (9.57% of population 18 years or older)

    - 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

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    #7. Maine

    Total veterans: 102,948 (9.58% of population 18 years or older)

    - 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

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    #6. South Carolina

    Total veterans: 367,504 (9.60% of population 18 years or older)

    - 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

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    #5. Hawaii

    Total veterans: 104,719 (9.67% of population 18 years or older)

    - 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

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    #4. Virginia

    Total veterans: 671,080 (10.44% of population 18 years or older)

    - 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

    Total veterans: 85,461 (10.54% of population 18 years or older)

    - 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

    Total veterans: 47,535 (10.75% of population 18 years or older)

    - 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

    Total veterans: 65,814 (12.21% of population 18 years or older)

    - 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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