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States with the most military engagement

  • States with the most military engagement

    Since President Donald Trump was elected, America has been nothing short of a nation divided. While some of the topics of discussion revolve around immigration and gun control, there is a seemingly constant debate about funding the United States Armed Forces. According to a recent Gallup poll, 45 percent of Americans think we should be spending more on national defense, 22 percent think we should be spending less and 33 percent either have no opinion or believe us to be spending about the right amount.

    This same poll revealed that 68 percent of Americans think it’s important that the United States ranks first in the world militarily, which perhaps speaks to why 1,281,900 active service members comprise the world’s third-largest army. While this massive body of soldiers is made up of volunteers from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, there exists a great disparity when it comes to where these brave men and women come from.

    Using data from WalletHub, the American Community Survey and the Department of Defense, Stacker listed the states with the most active military engagement. The states are ranked according to WalletHub’s calculated rankings, whose algorithms are explained in precise detail here.

    Read on to see how many active service members are from your state.

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  • #50. New York

    Military engagement rank: 50
    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 15,448,079
    Estimated active-duty military personnel: 20,588 (0.13% of civilian population)
    Estimated reserve forces military personnel: 28,386 (0.18% of civilian population)
    Estimated number of veterans: 789,553 (5.10% of civilian population)

  • #49. New Jersey

    Military engagement rank: 49
    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 6,897,536
    Estimated active-duty military personnel: 7,669 (0.11% of civilian population)
    Estimated reserve forces military personnel: 16,973 (0.25% of civilian population)
    Estimated number of veterans: 371,383 (5.40% of civilian population)

  • #48. Massachusetts

    Military engagement rank: 48
    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 5,346,964
    Estimated active-duty military personnel: 3,573 (0.07% of civilian population)
    Estimated reserve forces military personnel: 15,059 (0.28% of civilian population)
    Estimated number of veterans: 340,288 (6.40% of civilian population)

  • #47. Connecticut

    Military engagement rank: 47
    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 2,806,551
    Estimated active-duty military personnel: 4,641 (0.17% of civilian population)
    Estimated reserve forces military personnel: 6,613 (0.24% of civilian population)
    Estimated number of veterans: 188,759 (6.70% of civilian population)

  • #46. Minnesota

    Military engagement rank: 46
    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 4,166,542
    Estimated active-duty military personnel: 597 (0.01% of civilian population)
    Estimated reserve forces military personnel: 18,541 (0.44% of civilian population)
    Estimated number of veterans: 331,516 (8.00% of civilian population)

  • #45. Pennsylvania

    Military engagement rank: 45
    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 10,074,933
    Estimated active-duty military personnel: 2,580 (0.03% of civilian population)
    Estimated reserve forces military personnel: 30,244 (0.30% of civilian population)
    Estimated number of veterans: 840,258 (8.30% of civilian population)

  • #44. Illinois

    Military engagement rank: 44
    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 9,843,811
    Estimated active-duty military personnel: 20,567 (0.21% of civilian population)
    Estimated reserve forces military personnel: 24,399 (0.25% of civilian population)
    Estimated number of veterans: 643,460 (6.50% of civilian population)

  • #43. Michigan

    Military engagement rank: 43
    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 7,678,119
    Estimated active-duty military personnel: 2,088 (0.03% of civilian population)
    Estimated reserve forces military personnel: 14,934 (0.19% of civilian population)
    Estimated number of veterans: 602,630 (7.80% of civilian population)

  • #42. Rhode Island

    Military engagement rank: 42
    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 838,882
    Estimated active-duty military personnel: 3,371 (0.40% of civilian population)
    Estimated reserve forces military personnel: 4,273 (0.51% of civilian population)
    Estimated number of veterans: 62,890 (7.50% of civilian population)

  • #41. Wisconsin

    Military engagement rank: 41
    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 4,450,879
    Estimated active-duty military personnel: 976 (0.02% of civilian population)
    Estimated reserve forces military personnel: 14,000 (0.31% of civilian population)
    Estimated number of veterans: 367,227 (8.30% of civilian population)

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