Turns out Virginia isn't just for lovers...it's also one of the best places for veterans

Julia LeDoux
May 20, 2019 - 4:54 pm
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Military retirees looking for a great place to live might want to consider Virginia, although you would be wise to avoid the District of Columbia.

According to a survey released Monday by WalletHub, Virginia is ranked as the number 1 state for military retirees while D.C. came in dead last at 51.

WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 29 key indicators of retirement-friendliness toward veterans in the survey. Data used ranged from job opportunities for veterans to housing affordability to quality of VA hospitals. Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing the most favorable conditions for military retirees. 

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The top five were:

  • Virginia
  • Florida
  • Maine
  • New Hampshire
  • Massachusetts

The bottom five were:

  • Mississippi
  • New York 
  • Vermont 
  • Oregon 
  • District of Columbia

According to the survey, Alaska had the most veterans per capita while New York has the least.  However, New York boasted the most VA health care facilities per number of veterans while Rhode Island had the least.

North Dakota has the lowest percentage of homeless veterans while the District of Columbia has the most. Iowa has the most affordable housing and most job opportunities for veterans. The District of Columbia and Colorado were tied for the least number of job opportunities for veterans while California came in last for its affordable housing opportunities for veterans.

Veterans looking to start their own business might want to check out South Carolina as their home state. It came in first place for the highest percentage of veteran-owned businesses. New York had the lowest percentage of veteran-owned businesses.

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