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    Cities with the most veterans

    Americans hold a collective responsibility to provide for the hundreds of thousands of men and women in the Armed Forces who put their own lives aside to defend the United States. In his discretionary spending budget request for 2019, President Trump asked that $83.1 billion be set aside for the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. While this is a positive step, there is still much work to be done, especially in communities with more substantive veteran populations.

    Stacker referenced U.S. Census data to list the 50 cities with the most veterans. The communities are ranked according to the percentage of the total civilian population made up by veterans using data from the 2016 American Community Survey. For the purposes of this ranking, only cities with at least 10,000 residents ages 18 and older were considered.

    Read on to see which cities have the strongest veteran presence in the nation.

    ALSO: Cities with the most veterans in every state

  • #50. Coronado, CA
    2/ U.S. Navy // Wikicommons

    #50. Coronado, CA

    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 15,411
    Estimated total veterans: 2,961 (19.2% of civilian population)
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 1,003
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 913
    - Vietnam War: 1,236
    - Korean War: 376
    - World War II: 222

  • #49. Jacksonville, AR
    3/ Brandonrush // Wikicommons

    #49. Jacksonville, AR

    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 19,791
    Estimated total veterans: 3,819 (19.3% of civilian population)
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 1,484
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 1,094
    - Vietnam War: 1,229
    - Korean War: 204
    - World War II: 28

  • #48. Holiday City-Berkeley, NJ
    4/ Berkeley Hights, NJ—Public Domain

    #48. Holiday City-Berkeley, NJ

    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 11,774
    Estimated total veterans: 2,289 (19.4% of civilian population)
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 63
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 75
    - Vietnam War: 627
    - Korean War: 616
    - World War II: 450

  • #47. O'Fallon, IL
    5/ Robert Lawton // Wikicommons

    #47. O'Fallon, IL

    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 20,259
    Estimated total veterans: 3,927 (19.4% of civilian population)
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 1,758
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 2,253
    - Vietnam War: 1,206
    - Korean War: 166
    - World War II: 27

  • #46. Warrington, FL
    6/ Nearby Pensacola, FL—Public Domain

    #46. Warrington, FL

    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 10,067
    Estimated total veterans: 1,961 (19.5% of civilian population)
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 196
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 432
    - Vietnam War: 974
    - Korean War: 165
    - World War II: 17

  • #45. Hot Springs Village, AR
    7/ Rennett Stowe // flickr

    #45. Hot Springs Village, AR

    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 12,709
    Estimated total veterans: 2,481 (19.5% of civilian population)
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 128
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 221
    - Vietnam War: 1,091
    - Korean War: 495
    - World War II: 235

  • #44. Lakewood, WA
    8/ Brianhe // Wikicommons

    #44. Lakewood, WA

    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 44,053
    Estimated total veterans: 8,605 (19.5% of civilian population)
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 2,807
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 2,608
    - Vietnam War: 3,229
    - Korean War: 602
    - World War II: 195

  • #43. Punta Gorda, FL
    9/ Mark Wolfe // Wikicommons

    #43. Punta Gorda, FL

    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 16,809
    Estimated total veterans: 3,355 (20.0% of civilian population)
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 70
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 216
    - Vietnam War: 1,388
    - Korean War: 600
    - World War II: 371

  • #42. St. Marys, GA
    10/ Wallace Parry // Wikicommons

    #42. St. Marys, GA

    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 12,084
    Estimated total veterans: 2,430 (20.1% of civilian population)
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 1,113
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 952
    - Vietnam War: 769
    - Korean War: 35
    - World War II: 22

  • #41. Montclair, VA
    11/ Doug4872 // Wikicommons

    #41. Montclair, VA

    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 14,379
    Estimated total veterans: 2,888 (20.1% of civilian population)
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 883
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 1,427
    - Vietnam War: 947
    - Korean War: 109
    - World War II: 26

  • #40. Fortuna Foothills, AZ
    12/ U.S. Marine Corps // Wikicommons

    #40. Fortuna Foothills, AZ

    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 23,314
    Estimated total veterans: 4,684 (20.1% of civilian population)
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 631
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 498
    - Vietnam War: 1,630
    - Korean War: 1,098
    - World War II: 310

  • #39. Alamogordo, NM
    13/ U.S. Air Force // Wikicommons

    #39. Alamogordo, NM

    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 23,102
    Estimated total veterans: 4,678 (20.2% of civilian population)
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 1,045
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 1,380
    - Vietnam War: 2,005
    - Korean War: 373
    - World War II: 102

  • #38. Silverdale, WA
    14/ U.S. Navy // Wikicommons

    #38. Silverdale, WA

    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 15,214
    Estimated total veterans: 3,081 (20.3% of civilian population)
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 1,054
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 1,405
    - Vietnam War: 1,051
    - Korean War: 101
    - World War II: 116

  • #37. Enterprise, AL
    15/ Skuzbucket // Wikicommons

    #37. Enterprise, AL

    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 19,709
    Estimated total veterans: 4,004 (20.3% of civilian population)
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 1,426
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 1,887
    - Vietnam War: 1,349
    - Korean War: 206
    - World War II: 84

  • #36. Black Forest, CO
    16/ Nearby Colorado Springs, CO—Postoak // Wikicommons

    #36. Black Forest, CO

    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 10,279
    Estimated total veterans: 2,112 (20.5% of civilian population)
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 630
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 1,023
    - Vietnam War: 817
    - Korean War: 83
    - World War II: 38

  • #35. Sun City, AZ
    17/ Ken Lund // flickr

    #35. Sun City, AZ

    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 39,124
    Estimated total veterans: 8,061 (20.6% of civilian population)
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 88
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 336
    - Vietnam War: 3,136
    - Korean War: 2,256
    - World War II: 1,328

  • #34. Clarksville, TN
    18/ Leejay Lockhart // Wikicommons

    #34. Clarksville, TN

    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 95,060
    Estimated total veterans: 19,571 (20.6% of civilian population)
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 9,468
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 7,639
    - Vietnam War: 4,298
    - Korean War: 425
    - World War II: 54

  • #33. Twentynine Palms, CA
    19/ Glenn Francis // Wikicommons

    #33. Twentynine Palms, CA

    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 12,860
    Estimated total veterans: 2,664 (20.7% of civilian population)
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 1,333
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 699
    - Vietnam War: 587
    - Korean War: 105
    - World War II: 70

  • #32. Fayetteville, NC
    20/ NCDOTcommunications // Wikicommons

    #32. Fayetteville, NC

    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 134,947
    Estimated total veterans: 28,385 (21.0% of civilian population)
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 11,728
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 11,211
    - Vietnam War: 8,066
    - Korean War: 1,301
    - World War II: 377

  • #31. Universal City, TX
    21/ Rich McFadden // Wikicommons

    #31. Universal City, TX

    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 15,022
    Estimated total veterans: 3,174 (21.1% of civilian population)
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 1,118
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 1,430
    - Vietnam War: 1,289
    - Korean War: 251
    - World War II: 66

  • #30. Leavenworth, KS
    22/ Melissa Bower // Wikicommons

    #30. Leavenworth, KS

    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 25,423
    Estimated total veterans: 5,354 (21.1% of civilian population)
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 2,557
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 2,138
    - Vietnam War: 1,391
    - Korean War: 145
    - World War II: 88

  • #29. Jacksonville, NC
    23/ Ashley Gomez // Wikicommons

    #29. Jacksonville, NC

    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 33,498
    Estimated total veterans: 7,104 (21.2% of civilian population)
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 3,960
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 2,461
    - Vietnam War: 1,481
    - Korean War: 392
    - World War II: 88

  • #28. Junction City, KS
    24/ USDA // flickr

    #28. Junction City, KS

    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 14,829
    Estimated total veterans: 3,168 (21.4% of civilian population)
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 1,684
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 1,170
    - Vietnam War: 633
    - Korean War: 114
    - World War II: 60

  • #27. Callaway, FL
    25/ Nearby Panama City, FL—j.s. clark // Wikicommons

    #27. Callaway, FL

    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 11,108
    Estimated total veterans: 2,389 (21.5% of civilian population)
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 698
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 986
    - Vietnam War: 889
    - Korean War: 283
    - World War II: 45

  • #26. Converse, TX
    26/ Nearby San Antonio, TX—Kkinder // Wikicommons

    #26. Converse, TX

    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 14,414
    Estimated total veterans: 3,110 (21.6% of civilian population)
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 1,469
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 1,529
    - Vietnam War: 624
    - Korean War: 113
    - World War II: 20

  • #25. Cimarron Hills, CO
    27/ Nearby Colorado Springs, CO—David Shankbone // Wikicommons

    #25. Cimarron Hills, CO

    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 11,851
    Estimated total veterans: 2,577 (21.7% of civilian population)
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 1,121
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 1,075
    - Vietnam War: 674
    - Korean War: 112
    - World War II:

  • #24. Myrtle Grove, FL
    28/ Nearby Pensacola, FL—James Willamor // Flickr

    #24. Myrtle Grove, FL

    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 11,260
    Estimated total veterans: 2,458 (21.8% of civilian population)
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 777
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 947
    - Vietnam War: 1,088
    - Korean War: 109
    - World War II: 74

  • #23. Wright, FL
    29/ Nearby Eglin Air Force Base, FL—Public Domain

    #23. Wright, FL

    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 17,036
    Estimated total veterans: 3,829 (22.5% of civilian population)
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 1,707
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 1,358
    - Vietnam War: 1,169
    - Korean War: 213
    - World War II: 76

  • #22. Sun City Center, FL
    30/ Sun City Center Photos

    #22. Sun City Center, FL

    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 20,680
    Estimated total veterans: 4,671 (22.6% of civilian population)
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 160
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 164
    - Vietnam War: 1,756
    - Korean War: 1,108
    - World War II: 809

  • #21. Sun Lakes, AZ
    31/ BRAD FALLIN // Wikicommons

    #21. Sun Lakes, AZ

    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 14,705
    Estimated total veterans: 3,336 (22.7% of civilian population)
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 23
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 152
    - Vietnam War: 1,463
    - Korean War: 818
    - World War II: 428

  • #20. Green Valley, AZ
    32/ StellarD // Wikicommons

    #20. Green Valley, AZ

    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 21,723
    Estimated total veterans: 5,073 (23.4% of civilian population)
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 75
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 164
    - Vietnam War: 1,985
    - Korean War: 1,291
    - World War II: 715

  • #19. Security-Widefield, CO
    33/ Nearby Colorado Springs, CO—GoodFreePhotos

    #19. Security-Widefield, CO

    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 24,102
    Estimated total veterans: 5,632 (23.4% of civilian population)
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 1,994
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 2,330
    - Vietnam War: 1,825
    - Korean War: 300
    - World War II: 87

  • #18. The Villages, FL
    34/ TheVillagesFL // Wikicommons

    #18. The Villages, FL

    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 69,310
    Estimated total veterans: 16,207 (23.4% of civilian population)
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 287
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 819
    - Vietnam War: 8,160
    - Korean War: 3,225
    - World War II: 817

  • #17. Sun City West, AZ
    35/ Mark Wagner // Wikicommons

    #17. Sun City West, AZ

    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 24,893
    Estimated total veterans: 5,852 (23.5% of civilian population)
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 42
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 82
    - Vietnam War: 2,001
    - Korean War: 1,791
    - World War II: 1,007

  • #16. Schertz, TX
    36/ Larry D. Moore // Wikicommons

    #16. Schertz, TX

    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 27,139
    Estimated total veterans: 6,419 (23.7% of civilian population)
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 2,504
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 3,312
    - Vietnam War: 1,944
    - Korean War: 348
    - World War II: 123

  • #15. Harker Heights, TX
    37/ Michael Dator // Wikicommons

    #15. Harker Heights, TX

    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 18,534
    Estimated total veterans: 4,472 (24.1% of civilian population)
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 2,440
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 2,256
    - Vietnam War: 954
    - Korean War: 75
    - World War II: 15

  • #14. Niceville, FL
    38/ Ebyabe // Wikicommons

    #14. Niceville, FL

    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 10,293
    Estimated total veterans: 2,498 (24.3% of civilian population)
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 999
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 1,209
    - Vietnam War: 1,008
    - Korean War: 84
    - World War II: 36

  • #13. Sierra Vista Southeast, AZ
    39/ U.S. Air Force // Wikicommons

    #13. Sierra Vista Southeast, AZ

    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 12,089
    Estimated total veterans: 2,965 (24.5% of civilian population)
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 723
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 1,165
    - Vietnam War: 1,244
    - Korean War: 165
    - World War II: 84

  • #12. Cibolo, TX
    40/ Nearby San Antonio, TX—Public Domain

    #12. Cibolo, TX

    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 16,713
    Estimated total veterans: 4,107 (24.6% of civilian population)
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 2,112
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 2,651
    - Vietnam War: 683
    - Korean War: 121
    - World War II: 55

  • #11. Badger, AK
    41/ Public Affairs Office Ft Wainwright // flickr

    #11. Badger, AK

    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 13,792
    Estimated total veterans: 3,436 (24.9% of civilian population)
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 1,461
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 1,532
    - Vietnam War: 904
    - Korean War: 102
    - World War II: 32

  • #10. Oak Harbor, WA
    42/ John D. Hamill // Wikicommons

    #10. Oak Harbor, WA

    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 14,583
    Estimated total veterans: 3,745 (25.7% of civilian population)
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 1,934
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 1,341
    - Vietnam War: 775
    - Korean War: 228
    - World War II: 145

  • #9. Hinesville, GA
    43/ Candace Mundt // Wikicommons

    #9. Hinesville, GA

    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 22,061
    Estimated total veterans: 5,686 (25.8% of civilian population)
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 3,214
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 2,323
    - Vietnam War: 1,152
    - Korean War: 38
    - World War II:

  • #8. Navarre, FL
    44/ Navarre0107 // Wikicommons

    #8. Navarre, FL

    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 23,475
    Estimated total veterans: 6,163 (26.3% of civilian population)
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 2,622
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 3,122
    - Vietnam War: 1,513
    - Korean War: 212
    - World War II: 25

  • #7. Radcliff, KY
    45/ 48states // Wikicommons

    #7. Radcliff, KY

    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 15,955
    Estimated total veterans: 4,220 (26.4% of civilian population)
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 1,636
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 2,067
    - Vietnam War: 1,249
    - Korean War: 314
    - World War II: 42

  • #6. Crestview, FL
    46/ Ebyabe // Wikicommons

    #6. Crestview, FL

    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 15,827
    Estimated total veterans: 4,190 (26.5% of civilian population)
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 2,156
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 2,154
    - Vietnam War: 911
    - Korean War: 58
    - World War II: 25

  • #5. Fountain, CO
    47/ Fish Cop // Wikicommons

    #5. Fountain, CO

    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 16,926
    Estimated total veterans: 4,576 (27.0% of civilian population)
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 2,669
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 2,101
    - Vietnam War: 661
    - Korean War: 53
    - World War II: 17

  • #4. Havelock, NC
    48/ U.S. Marine Corps // Wikicommons

    #4. Havelock, NC

    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 10,153
    Estimated total veterans: 2,762 (27.2% of civilian population)
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 1,704
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 954
    - Vietnam War: 644
    - Korean War: 95
    - World War II: 8

  • #3. Sierra Vista, AZ
    49/ GeorgeNeedham // Wikicommons

    #3. Sierra Vista, AZ

    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 29,042
    Estimated total veterans: 8,041 (27.7% of civilian population)
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 2,672
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 3,077
    - Vietnam War: 2,670
    - Korean War: 616
    - World War II: 205

  • #2. Copperas Cove, TX
    50/ Viceroy Bob // Wikicommons

    #2. Copperas Cove, TX

    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 21,618
    Estimated total veterans: 6,230 (28.8% of civilian population)
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 2,592
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 3,158
    - Vietnam War: 1,625
    - Korean War: 220
    - World War II: 62

  • #1. Killeen, TX
    51/ Ken Scar // Wikicommons

    #1. Killeen, TX

    Estimated civilian population 18+ years: 86,995
    Estimated total veterans: 25,544 (29.4% of civilian population)
    - Gulf War II (Sep '01 or later): 15,872
    - Gulf War I (Aug '90 - Aug '01): 11,495
    - Vietnam War: 3,710
    - Korean War: 371
    - World War II: 236

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