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    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.

    RELATED: Looking back at 100 years of military history

  • #50. New York
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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
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    #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
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    #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
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    #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
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    #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
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    #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
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    #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
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    #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
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    #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
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    #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)

  • #40. Vermont
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    #40. Vermont

    Military engagement rank: 40
    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 504,152
    Estimated active-duty military personnel: 168 (0.03% of civilian population)
    Estimated reserve forces military personnel: 3,707 (0.74% of civilian population)
    Estimated number of veterans: 42,484 (8.40% of civilian population)

  • #39. Iowa
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    #39. Iowa

    Military engagement rank: 39
    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 2,377,378
    Estimated active-duty military personnel: 248 (0.01% of civilian population)
    Estimated reserve forces military personnel: 10,775 (0.45% of civilian population)
    Estimated number of veterans: 203,277 (8.60% of civilian population)

  • #38. California
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    #38. California

    Military engagement rank: 38
    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 29,383,567
    Estimated active-duty military personnel: 128,373 (0.44% of civilian population)
    Estimated reserve forces military personnel: 56,167 (0.19% of civilian population)
    Estimated number of veterans: 1,720,635 (5.90% of civilian population)

  • #37. Utah
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    #37. Utah

    Military engagement rank: 37
    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 2,039,152
    Estimated active-duty military personnel: 3,979 (0.20% of civilian population)
    Estimated reserve forces military personnel: 11,735 (0.58% of civilian population)
    Estimated number of veterans: 129,748 (6.40% of civilian population)

  • #36. West Virginia
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    #36. West Virginia

    Military engagement rank: 36
    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 1,465,391
    Estimated active-duty military personnel: 197 (0.01% of civilian population)
    Estimated reserve forces military personnel: 7,882 (0.54% of civilian population)
    Estimated number of veterans: 145,171 (9.90% of civilian population)

  • #35. Indiana
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    #35. Indiana

    Military engagement rank: 35
    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 5,004,742
    Estimated active-duty military personnel: 963 (0.02% of civilian population)
    Estimated reserve forces military personnel: 18,863 (0.38% of civilian population)
    Estimated number of veterans: 410,750 (8.20% of civilian population)

  • #34. Ohio
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    #34. Ohio

    Military engagement rank: 34
    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 8,938,977
    Estimated active-duty military personnel: 6,793 (0.08% of civilian population)
    Estimated reserve forces military personnel: 27,208 (0.30% of civilian population)
    Estimated number of veterans: 779,187 (8.70% of civilian population)

  • #33. North Dakota
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    #33. North Dakota

    Military engagement rank: 33
    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 562,348
    Estimated active-duty military personnel: 6,583 (1.17% of civilian population)
    Estimated reserve forces military personnel: 4,212 (0.75% of civilian population)
    Estimated number of veterans: 49,560 (8.80% of civilian population)

  • #32. Oregon
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    #32. Oregon

    Military engagement rank: 32
    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 3,118,352
    Estimated active-duty military personnel: 1,572 (0.05% of civilian population)
    Estimated reserve forces military personnel: 9,432 (0.30% of civilian population)
    Estimated number of veterans: 301,330 (9.70% of civilian population)

  • #31. Louisiana
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    #31. Louisiana

    Military engagement rank: 31
    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 3,516,581
    Estimated active-duty military personnel: 13,122 (0.37% of civilian population)
    Estimated reserve forces military personnel: 16,994 (0.48% of civilian population)
    Estimated number of veterans: 267,938 (7.60% of civilian population)

  • #30. New Hampshire
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    #30. New Hampshire

    Military engagement rank: 30
    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 1,058,849
    Estimated active-duty military personnel: 757 (0.07% of civilian population)
    Estimated reserve forces military personnel: 4,097 (0.39% of civilian population)
    Estimated number of veterans: 103,282 (9.80% of civilian population)

  • #29. Kentucky
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    #29. Kentucky

    Military engagement rank: 29
    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 3,383,064
    Estimated active-duty military personnel: 31,418 (0.93% of civilian population)
    Estimated reserve forces military personnel: 12,568 (0.37% of civilian population)
    Estimated number of veterans: 289,837 (8.60% of civilian population)

  • #28. Maine
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    #28. Maine

    Military engagement rank: 28
    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 1,068,652
    Estimated active-duty military personnel: 811 (0.08% of civilian population)
    Estimated reserve forces military personnel: 3,804 (0.36% of civilian population)
    Estimated number of veterans: 114,000 (10.70% of civilian population)

  • #27. Tennessee
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    #27. Tennessee

    Military engagement rank: 27
    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 5,035,151
    Estimated active-duty military personnel: 2,095 (0.04% of civilian population)
    Estimated reserve forces military personnel: 18,206 (0.36% of civilian population)
    Estimated number of veterans: 450,899 (9.00% of civilian population)

  • #26. Maryland
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    #26. Maryland

    Military engagement rank: 26
    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 4,584,055
    Estimated active-duty military personnel: 28,888 (0.63% of civilian population)
    Estimated reserve forces military personnel: 18,596 (0.41% of civilian population)
    Estimated number of veterans: 392,771 (8.60% of civilian population)

  • #25. Nebraska
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    #25. Nebraska

    Military engagement rank: 25
    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 1,408,818
    Estimated active-duty military personnel: 5,849 (0.42% of civilian population)
    Estimated reserve forces military personnel: 6,296 (0.45% of civilian population)
    Estimated number of veterans: 127,340 (9.00% of civilian population)

  • #24. Arkansas
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    #24. Arkansas

    Military engagement rank: 24
    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 2,256,793
    Estimated active-duty military personnel: 3,190 (0.14% of civilian population)
    Estimated reserve forces military personnel: 10,275 (0.46% of civilian population)
    Estimated number of veterans: 213,949 (9.50% of civilian population)

  • #23. Delaware
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    #23. Delaware

    Military engagement rank: 23
    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 727,643
    Estimated active-duty military personnel: 3,196 (0.44% of civilian population)
    Estimated reserve forces military personnel: 4,972 (0.68% of civilian population)
    Estimated number of veterans: 68,777 (9.50% of civilian population)

  • #22. Missouri
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    #22. Missouri

    Military engagement rank: 22
    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 4,644,895
    Estimated active-duty military personnel: 17,072 (0.37% of civilian population)
    Estimated reserve forces military personnel: 18,467 (0.40% of civilian population)
    Estimated number of veterans: 438,100 (9.40% of civilian population)

  • #21. South Dakota
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    #21. South Dakota

    Military engagement rank: 21
    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 638,836
    Estimated active-duty military personnel: 2,809 (0.44% of civilian population)
    Estimated reserve forces military personnel: 4,555 (0.71% of civilian population)
    Estimated number of veterans: 62,661 (9.80% of civilian population)

  • #20. New Mexico
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    #20. New Mexico

    Military engagement rank: 20
    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 1,571,927
    Estimated active-duty military personnel: 11,485 (0.73% of civilian population)
    Estimated reserve forces military personnel: 5,133 (0.33% of civilian population)
    Estimated number of veterans: 157,413 (10.00% of civilian population)

  • #19. Nevada
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    #19. Nevada

    Military engagement rank: 19
    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 2,166,609
    Estimated active-duty military personnel: 10,322 (0.48% of civilian population)
    Estimated reserve forces military personnel: 7,648 (0.35% of civilian population)
    Estimated number of veterans: 216,275 (10.00% of civilian population)

  • #18. Florida
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    #18. Florida

    Military engagement rank: 18
    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 15,812,068
    Estimated active-duty military personnel: 55,862 (0.35% of civilian population)
    Estimated reserve forces military personnel: 36,387 (0.23% of civilian population)
    Estimated number of veterans: 1,480,133 (9.40% of civilian population)

  • #17. Montana
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    #17. Montana

    Military engagement rank: 17
    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 794,896
    Estimated active-duty military personnel: 3,208 (0.40% of civilian population)
    Estimated reserve forces military personnel: 4,434 (0.56% of civilian population)
    Estimated number of veterans: 87,936 (11.10% of civilian population)

  • #16. Kansas
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    #16. Kansas

    Military engagement rank: 16
    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 2,159,618
    Estimated active-duty military personnel: 21,604 (1.00% of civilian population)
    Estimated reserve forces military personnel: 9,664 (0.45% of civilian population)
    Estimated number of veterans: 192,340 (8.90% of civilian population)

  • #15. Mississippi
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    #15. Mississippi

    Military engagement rank: 15
    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 2,246,662
    Estimated active-duty military personnel: 11,554 (0.51% of civilian population)
    Estimated reserve forces military personnel: 16,200 (0.72% of civilian population)
    Estimated number of veterans: 180,251 (8.00% of civilian population)

  • #14. Washington
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    #14. Washington

    Military engagement rank: 14
    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 5,421,260
    Estimated active-duty military personnel: 45,343 (0.84% of civilian population)
    Estimated reserve forces military personnel: 18,723 (0.35% of civilian population)
    Estimated number of veterans: 552,863 (10.20% of civilian population)

  • #13. Arizona
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    #13. Arizona

    Military engagement rank: 13
    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 5,091,593
    Estimated active-duty military personnel: 18,297 (0.36% of civilian population)
    Estimated reserve forces military personnel: 14,968 (0.29% of civilian population)
    Estimated number of veterans: 497,337 (9.80% of civilian population)

  • #12. Texas
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    #12. Texas

    Military engagement rank: 12
    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 19,731,218
    Estimated active-duty military personnel: 110,913 (0.56% of civilian population)
    Estimated reserve forces military personnel: 53,321 (0.27% of civilian population)
    Estimated number of veterans: 1,513,294 (7.70% of civilian population)

  • #11. Colorado
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    #11. Colorado

    Military engagement rank: 11
    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 4,080,009
    Estimated active-duty military personnel: 34,460 (0.84% of civilian population)
    Estimated reserve forces military personnel: 13,176 (0.32% of civilian population)
    Estimated number of veterans: 383,699 (9.40% of civilian population)

  • #10. Alabama
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    #10. Alabama

    Military engagement rank: 10
    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 3,723,825
    Estimated active-duty military personnel: 8,750 (0.23% of civilian population)
    Estimated reserve forces military personnel: 18,802 (0.50% of civilian population)
    Estimated number of veterans: 351,461 (9.40% of civilian population)

  • #9. Wyoming
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    #9. Wyoming

    Military engagement rank: 9
    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 441,797
    Estimated active-duty military personnel: 3,102 (0.70% of civilian population)
    Estimated reserve forces military personnel: 2,908 (0.66% of civilian population)
    Estimated number of veterans: 47,390 (10.70% of civilian population)

  • #8. Idaho
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    #8. Idaho

    Military engagement rank: 8
    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 1,200,704
    Estimated active-duty military personnel: 3,367 (0.28% of civilian population)
    Estimated reserve forces military personnel: 5,434 (0.45% of civilian population)
    Estimated number of veterans: 118,313 (9.90% of civilian population)

  • #7. Oklahoma
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    #7. Oklahoma

    Military engagement rank: 7
    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 2,905,409
    Estimated active-duty military personnel: 19,802 (0.68% of civilian population)
    Estimated reserve forces military personnel: 13,031 (0.45% of civilian population)
    Estimated number of veterans: 286,926 (9.90% of civilian population)

  • #6. North Carolina
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    #6. North Carolina

    Military engagement rank: 6
    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 7,570,164
    Estimated active-duty military personnel: 91,175 (1.20% of civilian population)
    Estimated reserve forces military personnel: 21,776 (0.29% of civilian population)
    Estimated number of veterans: 683,221 (9.00% of civilian population)

  • #5. Virginia
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    #5. Virginia

    Military engagement rank: 5
    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 6,333,433
    Estimated active-duty military personnel: 89,303 (1.41% of civilian population)
    Estimated reserve forces military personnel: 25,977 (0.41% of civilian population)
    Estimated number of veterans: 696,685 (11.00% of civilian population)

  • #4. Georgia
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    #4. Georgia

    Military engagement rank: 4
    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 7,555,386
    Estimated active-duty military personnel: 61,322 (0.81% of civilian population)
    Estimated reserve forces military personnel: 26,767 (0.35% of civilian population)
    Estimated number of veterans: 662,333 (8.80% of civilian population)

  • #3. South Carolina
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    #3. South Carolina

    Military engagement rank: 3
    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 3,718,496
    Estimated active-duty military personnel: 37,507 (1.01% of civilian population)
    Estimated reserve forces military personnel: 17,862 (0.48% of civilian population)
    Estimated number of veterans: 373,890 (10.10% of civilian population)

  • #2. Hawaii
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    #2. Hawaii

    Military engagement rank: 2
    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 1,066,715
    Estimated active-duty military personnel: 36,620 (3.43% of civilian population)
    Estimated reserve forces military personnel: 9,402 (0.88% of civilian population)
    Estimated number of veterans: 108,022 (10.10% of civilian population)

  • #1. Alaska
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    #1. Alaska

    Military engagement rank: 1
    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 532,857
    Estimated active-duty military personnel: 17,302 (3.25% of civilian population)
    Estimated reserve forces military personnel: 4,593 (0.86% of civilian population)
    Estimated number of veterans: 68,145 (12.80% of civilian population)

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