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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 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.

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

     

  • #50. New York
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    #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

  • #49. New Jersey
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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

  • #48. California
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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

  • #47. Massachusetts
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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

  • #46. Utah
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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

  • #45. Illinois
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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

  • #44. Connecticut
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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

  • #43. Rhode Island
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    #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

  • #42. Louisiana
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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

  • #41. Texas
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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

  • #40. Michigan
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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

  • #39. Minnesota
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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

  • #38. Vermont
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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

  • #37. Wisconsin
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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

  • #36. Indiana
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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

  • #35. Iowa
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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

  • #34. Pennsylvania
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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

  • #33. Mississippi
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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

  • #32. Maryland
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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

  • #31. Kentucky
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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

  • #30. Kansas
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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

  • #29. Ohio
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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

  • #28. North Dakota
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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

  • #27. Georgia
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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

  • #26. Tennessee
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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

  • #25. Nebraska
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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

  • #24. Delaware
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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

  • #23. North Carolina
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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

  • #22. Arkansas
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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

  • #21. Florida
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    #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

  • #20. Alabama
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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

  • #19. Colorado
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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

  • #18. Idaho
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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

  • #17. Missouri
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    #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

  • #16. New Mexico
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    #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

  • #15. New Hampshire
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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

  • #14. Oregon
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    #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

  • #13. Arizona
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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

  • #12. Nevada
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    #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

  • #11. Oklahoma
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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

  • #10. South Dakota
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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

  • #9. West Virginia
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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

  • #8. Washington
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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

  • #7. Maine
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    #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

  • #6. South Carolina
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    #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

  • #5. Hawaii
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    #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

  • #4. Virginia
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    #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

  • #3. Montana
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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

  • #2. Wyoming
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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

  • #1. Alaska
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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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