Zip codes where the most veterans live – 24/7 Wall St.
Young Americans join the armed forces for many reasons, including the opportunity to learn new skills, get physically fit, and earn financial aid to pay for their education. One of the most common reasons, however, is to serve the country. In addition to more than 1.4 million active duty military personnel, the United States is home to more than 17.8 million veterans.
The sacrifices veterans have made for the country often follow them long after their service. Nearly half of those who served after the 9/11 terrorist attacks say they had an emotionally traumatic or harrowing experience while serving, and about one in four of all veterans say readjusting to civilian life was at less somewhat difficult, according to a Pew study. study.
Yet the same study also found that more than half of all veterans say their service provided them with useful skills and training for the civilian job market, and that veterans are less likely to live in the poverty and more likely to have higher incomes than their non-veteran counterparts. .
Armed service veterans reside in communities across the country, but some areas of the country have a significantly higher concentration of military veterans than others. Using data from the US Census Bureau, 24/7 Wall St. identified the 50 US ZIP codes with the most veterans. ZIP codes are ranked by the proportion of adult residents who are veterans.
Across this list, veterans make up more than 25% of the adult civilian population, more than triple the national share of 7.1%. Here is an overview of US presidents who have served in the military.
Most of the ZIP Codes on this list are in the South, including 12 in Texas alone. Most of the ZIP codes on this list are in or around major military bases — including Leavenworth, Kansas and Fort Hood, Texas — as some bases across the country offer affordable housing options for former service members.
It is important to note that while many veterans chose to enlist out of a sense of patriotic duty, many living veterans did not choose to serve and were enlisted during the Vietnam War. In a handful of cities on this list, those with Vietnam-era limited service make up more than 25% of the total veteran population. Here’s a look at the wars that cost Americans the most lives.
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