Best for Vets: Places to Live 2015

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Rank City Overall Veteran Military Median home price Median monthly rent Nonveteran Veteran Civilian Veteran Number of installations within 50 miles (nearest) Number of VA health facilities within 50 miles Number of VA benefits facilities within 75 miles 2013 crime reports per 1,000 people Average travel time to work in minutes Great- Schools rating Best for Vets organizations within 50 miles

Best Large Cities: 250,000 people and larger

1 Virginia Beach, Va. 325,671 59,266 19,227 $259,200 $1,214 $31,377 $50,858 6.3% 6.1% 12 (Oceana NAS) 5 6 26.6 23.6 6 C T B F L
2 Colorado Springs, Colo. 321,168 53,575 11,199 $205,600 $897 $27,916 $43,298 9.2% 7.3% 4 (Peterson AFB) 4 7 46.2 21.2 6 C T F
3 San Antonio 1,041,867 101,294 6,461 $115,600 $829 $22,815 $39,399 7.8% 4.1% 3 (Fort Sam Houston) 15 5 63.9 23.4 5 C T E F
4 San Diego 1,027,652 89,257 31,554 $444,200 $1,333 $31,183 $42,118 8.9% 8.4% 10 (NMC San Diego) 12 8 28.1 23.3 7 C B F L
5 Oklahoma City, Okla. 456,209 42,070 2,617 $136,900 $747 $26,264 $37,610 5.9% 3.8% 1 (Tinker AFB) 3 3 62.4 20.7 no data C E F L
6 Honolulu 278,892 23,713 7,513 $550,400 $1,244 $30,725 $44,389 4.9% 8.6% 9 (Fort Shafter) 5 10 no data 23.2 7 C B F
7 Denver 512,256 31,215 723 $263,900 $898 $30,734 $35,485 5.9% 6.3% 1 (Buckley AFB) 9 7 43.2 24.8 5 C T B E F L
8 Albuquerque, N.M. 425,318 42,315 1,024 $183,400 $810 $26,331 $41,070 7.3% 4.9% 1 (Kirtland AFB) 4 2 63.5 20.6 5 T F
9 El Paso, Texas 471,276 45,210 12,877 $116,500 $756 $19,619 $38,553 8.4% 8.8% 2 (Fort Bliss) 5 1 27.8 22.1 6 C T F
10 Arlington, Texas 275,066 19,755 287 $129,400 $814 $27,099 $41,979 7.3% 4.7% 1 (NAS JRB Fort Worth) 12 0 45.2 26.7 5 C B E F
11 Omaha, Neb. 326,037 25,285 101 $134,600 $767 $26,278 $35,384 5.1% 7.7% 1 (Offutt AFB) 5 1 50.8 18.6 5 C B E F
12 Kansas City, Mo. 359,352 30,659 323 $126,900 $785 $26,396 $35,403 7.2% 6.8% 1 (Fort Leavenworth) 15 2 66.1 21.2 5 C B E F
13 Washington, D.C. 531,804 27,846 3,113 $470,500 $1,307 $40,790 $52,266 10.4% 5.8% 19 (Pentagon) 25 16 61.1 29.9 5 C B E F L
14 Jacksonville, Fla. 637,968 76,374 9,334 $129,700 $918 $26,733 $40,492 10.7% 8.0% 3 (Jacksonville NAS) 6 3 45.4 24.3 5 F
15 Aurora, Colo. 252,293 23,030 1,384 $176,200 $987 $26,431 $38,803 10.0% 10.4% 2 (Buckley AFB) 8 7 35.7 28.8 5 C T B E F L
16 Seattle 550,381 30,861 1,513 $436,600 $1,172 $37,362 $41,586 5.9% 9.3% 6 (Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton) 11 7 62.8 26.2 6 C E F L
17 Mesa, Ariz. 344,415 32,455 64 $155,300 $840 $25,983 $35,046 7.4% 6.4% 1 (Luke AFB) 12 4 32.3 25.1 no data F L
18 Tampa, Fla. 275,929 23,505 2,580 $150,600 $926 $24,697 $34,774 10.8% 11.2% 1 (MacDill AFB) 19 3 32.2 23.1 6 C B F L
19 Louisville, Ky. 469,603 41,525 556 $141,900 $719 $25,746 $31,884 8.4% 8.6% 1 (Fort Knox) 9 1 no data 21.6 5 C T E F
20 Wichita, Kan. 282,369 25,478 1,588 $115,800 $699 $25,827 $34,093 7.5% 9.0% 1 (McConnell AFB) 3 1 62.2 17.7 3 F
21 Raleigh, N.C. 332,838 19,422 334 $202,800 $899 $30,737 $38,534 7.8% 10.9% 0 9 3 35.5 22.9 7 C F
22 Pittsburgh 255,968 18,899 137 $95,700 $802 $22,801 $26,664 8.0% 4.0% 1 (Pittsburgh MEPS) 18 1 41 22.5 6 B F
23 Tulsa, Okla. 301,665 24,450 114 $121,300 $727 $24,548 $35,133 7.2% 5.1% 0 5 1 63 17.9 no data F
24 Fort Worth, Texas 564,193 41,929 1,097 $120,100 $869 $26,457 $39,960 7.5% 8.9% 1 (NAS JRB Fort Worth) 13 0 49.4 26.5 4 C B E F
25 Minneapolis 321,475 16,424 0 $197,900 $852 $26,942 $33,042 8.0% 4.7% 2 (Minn/St. Paul ARS) 7 2 60.2 22.2 4 C T B E F
    Key to Best for Vets categories:
  • C Colleges
  • T Technical and Career Colleges
  • B Business Schools
  • E Employers
  • F Franchises
  • L Law Enforcement