The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that nearly 200,000 service members leave the military every year. For many of them, the transition back to civilian life can be difficult.
While 91% of veterans say the military did a good job preparing them for life in the service, according to a recent survey from the Pew Research Center, just over half say the experience prepared them to return to civilian life. But location can play a major role in the available career opportunities, quality of life and sense of community that can ease the transition.
SmartAsset, a personal finance company, analyzed data from the U.S. Census Bureau to find out where veterans are thriving most after returning home. The ranking takes into account six metrics: Number of residents who are veterans, veteran unemployment rate, veteran labor force participation rate, veteran poverty rate, median veteran income and rent as a percentage of income for veterans.
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