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 Small Cities: fewer then 75,000 people

1 Glen Burnie, Md. 50,666 5,339 303 $240,000 $1,169 $31,391 $58,505 7.1% no data 18 (Fort George G. Meade) 26 18 no data no data 6 C B E F L
2 Bethesda, Md. 51,177 3,059 321 $827,400 $1,885 $71,381 $97,472 3.7% no data 19 (Walter Reed NMMC) 24 16 no data 28.9 9 C B E F L
3 Ellicott City, Md. 51,275 4,174 213 $507,800 $1,539 $51,333 $73,958 3.8% 3.6% 17 (Fort George G. Meade) 26 19 no data no data 9 C B E F L
4 Camarillo, Calif. 49,463 6,575 214 $440,000 $1,686 $41,636 $61,418 5.5% 3.1% 2 (Port Hueneme NCBC) 11 4 19 no data 7 C T B E F
5 Yorba Linda, Calif. 50,720 3,366 72 $673,800 $1,714 $47,580 $52,936 8.7% no data 4 (NWS Seal Beach) 26 6 10.8 no data 9 C T B E F
6 Woodbury, Minn. 47,728 4,534 0 $271,600 $1,380 $46,079 $41,624 5.7% 0.9% 2 (Fort Snelling) 7 2 21.6 no data 9 C T B E F
7 Warwick, R.I. 65,964 5,955 132 $185,100 $1,049 $36,903 $34,232 7.2% no data 3 (Naval Station Newport) 20 5 25.8 no data 6 C B E F
8 Frederick, Md. 50,971 4,841 641 $227,300 $1,179 $35,432 $48,225 5.4% 2.3% 13 (Fort Detrick) 23 15 31.8 31.9 7 C B E F L
9 Waldorf, Md. 50,533 8,118 168 $238,100 $1,473 $43,045 $65,102 5.8% 3.1% 19 (NSWC Indian Head) 18 16 no data 40.9 6 C B E F L
10 Highlands Ranch, Colo. 71,644 4,800 334 $341,100 $1,482 $54,088 $65,402 4.5% no data 2 (Buckley AFB) 10 7 no data 28.8 8 C T B E F L
11 League, Texas 67,764 6,258 95 $185,100 $1,121 $44,736 $61,609 2.7% no data 0 10 2 22.5 no data 8 E F L
12 Eagan, Minn. 48,612 3,069 0 $243,900 $1,085 $43,143 $52,262 6.2% 2.6% 2 (Fort Snelling) 7 2 20.4 no data 8 C T B E F
13 Redondo Beach, Calif. 53,911 2,854 188 $731,200 $1,704 $51,174 $56,451 6.9% 2.8% 2 (Los Angeles AFB) 22 7 25.7 no data 9 C T B E F
14 Lake Forest, Calif. 60,449 4,545 42 $513,100 $1,638 $35,487 $41,506 4.5% 2.4% 4 (NWS Seal Beach) 25 9 11.6 no data 8 C T B E F
15 Newton, Mass. 68,808 2,504 0 $742,000 $1,673 $52,062 $59,773 6.6% no data 3 (Hanscom AFB) 24 4 10.1 26.2 8 C B E F
16 Layton, Utah 47,909 4,568 615 $197,000 $879 $27,591 $51,958 3.7% no data 1 (Hill AFB) 4 2 27 22.9 6 C T F
17 San Marcos, Calif. 68,562 5,453 502 $355,700 $1,222 $26,421 $35,069 4.6% no data 10 (MCAS Miramar) 15 8 19.2 no data 8 C B F L
18 Edmond, Okla. 65,081 6,313 311 $194,000 $838 $35,954 $58,737 3.5% 1.5% 1 (Tinker AFB) 4 2 20.5 no data no data C E F L
19 Lee's Summit, Mo. 66,653 5,945 34 $188,600 $998 $37,043 $50,268 2.4% 6.3% 2 (Fort Leavenworth) 14 2 22.4 no data 8 C B E F
20 O'Fallon, Mo. 59,791 5,645 0 $182,500 $1,039 $37,177 $37,398 4.6% 7.5% 2 (NRC St. Louis) 13 4 15.5 no data 7 C E F
21 Maple Grove, Minn. 47,272 3,989 0 $237,100 $1,495 $44,628 $48,717 6.4% 8.9% 2 (Minn/St. Paul ARS) 8 2 17.1 no data 8 C T B E F
22 Mount Pleasant, S.C. 56,224 4,737 78 $381,800 $1,209 $42,119 $67,301 6.4% no data 3 (NWS Charleston) 3 1 21.3 no data 9 T F
23 Plymouth, Minn. 56,218 3,127 0 $296,700 $1,167 $40,771 $52,044 3.7% 4.3% 2 (Minn/St. Paul ARS) 7 2 16.2 22.2 9 C T B E F
24 Bloomington, Minn. 68,683 6,261 87 $211,000 $997 $35,709 $36,127 3.6% 8.1% 2 (Minn/St. Paul ARS) 7 2 39.2 22.5 6 C T B E F
25 Loveland, Colo. 54,546 5,293 0 $217,700 $927 $30,613 $36,266 6.1% 1.2% 1 (Buckley AFB) 9 4 25.5 no data 5 C T B E F L
    Key to Best for Vets categories:
  • C Colleges
  • T Technical and Career Colleges
  • B Business Schools
  • E Employers
  • F Franchises
  • L Law Enforcement