10 Best Cities for Veterans

By Annie Wang

For this Memorial Day, NerdWallet wanted to salute our armed forces by looking at the best metropolitan areas for veterans. We wanted to find the areas with excellent support systems for veterans easing back into civilian life. NerdWallet calculated the best metros for veterans by answering the following questions:

Are there opportunities for veterans? We looked the overall unemployment of rate of the metro areas as well as the ratio of unemployed vets compared to the rest of the population to see if job prospects were good.

Is there peer support? We analyzed veterans as a percentage of the population to see if there was social support for veterans. We also looked at the percentage of veteran-owned businesses, both completely and partially-owned, to see if there were opportunities to work with other veterans.

Is the economy doing well? We looked at the percentage of job growth from February 2012 to February 2013 to see if there was job growth. We also looked at the affordability of the metro area as indicated by the median household spending per month.

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