Best for Vets: Places to Live 2016

Military Times evaluated 581 places on veteran culture and services, economic indicators and livability factors, including 265 small cities with populations of fewer than 75,000. The top 50 are:

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Best small cities: fewer than 75,000 people

 
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Rank City Overall Veteran Military Overall Veteran Median home price Median monthly rent Nonveteran Veteran Civilian Veteran Number of installations within 25 miles (nearest) Number of VA health facilities within 50 miles Number of VA benefits facilities within 75 miles 2014 crime reports per 1,000 people Average travel time to work in minutes Great- Schools rating Area health Best for Vets organizations within 25 miles
1 League City, Texas 68,447 6,392 113 1% 2.1% $204,600 $1,244 $41,870 $77,844 2.5% no data 0 10 2 20.5 no data 8 C E F L
2 San Clemente, Calif. 51,225 3,519 215 3.3% -1% $826,900 $1,720 $45,045 $73,467 5.5% no data 1 (Camp Pendleton) 25 10 11.6 no data 9 F
3 Bethesda, Md. 46,147 2,476 666 -9.8% -19.1% $873,200 $1,798 $76,971 $103,972 3.8% 7.8% 13 (Walter Reed National Military Medical Center) 24 15 no data 29.3 9 C B E F L
4 Kirkland, Wash. 69,474 4,796 0 8% 40.5% $480,500 $1,518 $46,676 $51,172 5.3% no data 3 (Naval Station Everett) 12 7 24.9 26.3 8 C E F L
5 Ellicott City, Md. 53,075 4,431 95 3.5% 6.2% $517,500 $1,658 $56,356 $62,074 3.9% 2.5% 4 (Fort Meade) 26 18 no data no data 9 C F L
6 Dale City, Va. 53,217 6,448 535 12% -3.1% $260,300 $1,629 $34,391 $65,554 7.6% 12.7% 10 (MCCDC Quantico) 14 14 no data no data no data C B E F L
7 Waldorf, Md. 51,872 7,819 347 2.6% -3.7% $247,600 $1,689 $40,120 $62,881 6.4% 1.8% 12 (NAV ORD STA Indian Head) 18 15 no data no data 6 C B E F L
8 Rockville, Md. 52,153 2,712 197 no data no data $480,200 $1,802 $48,522 $80,591 5.4% no data 12 (Walter Reed National Military Medical Center) 26 15 no data 31.7 8 C B E F L
9 Rio Rancho, N.M. 69,776 10,818 138 4.1% 18.8% $168,800 $986 $31,978 $41,313 6.7% no data 1 (Kirtland AFB) 5 1 0 no data 8 F
10 Eagan, Minn. 50,884 3,861 158 4.7% 25.8% $243,200 $1,039 $43,521 $50,317 2.3% 3% 1 (Fort Snelling) 7 2 18.3 24.6 8 C E F
11 O'Fallon, Mo. 60,534 5,214 0 1.2% -7.6% $199,800 $980 $40,770 $45,405 4.1% 4.8% 1 (Naval Research Center St. Louis) 13 4 13.6 no data 7 C B E F
12 Redondo Beach, Calif. 53,563 2,740 145 -0.6% -4% $750,100 $1,833 $47,310 $120,594 7.2% no data 2 (Los Angeles AFB) 22 7 23.6 26.9 9 C T B E F
13 Newport Beach, Calif. 71,102 4,940 35 -0.4% 38% 1,000,000+ $1,980 $60,093 $48,476 3.9% no data 1 (NAVWEAPSTA Seal Beach) 25 9 22.7 no data 9 F
14 Highlands Ranch, Colo. 70,946 4,304 51 -1% -10.3% $371,600 $1,741 $53,046 $63,750 2.8% 3.1% 1 (Buckley AFB) 10 8 no data no data 8 C T B E F L
15 Glen Burnie, Md. 53,697 5,621 362 6% 5.3% $236,200 $1,166 $32,409 $41,918 7.1% 5.3% 2 (Fort Meade) 26 17 no data no data 6 F L
16 Allen, Texas 65,988 3,688 0 2.8% -12.9% $233,700 $1,274 $46,190 $64,247 3% no data 0 14 0 12.8 no data 9 C E F
17 New Braunfels, Texas 48,521 5,036 0 no data no data $173,400 $1,051 $27,434 $47,887 3.8% 2% 1 (Randolph AFB) 17 5 35.3 no data 7 C F
18 Lake Forest, Calif. 61,384 3,197 103 1.5% -29.7% $583,800 $1,732 $37,477 $59,246 5.6% no data 1 (NAVWEAPSTA Seal Beach) 25 9 9.9 no data 8 F
19 Centreville, Va. 57,221 4,194 112 7.5% 27.2% $403,300 $1,664 $46,823 $61,210 4.8% 6.6% 13 (Fort Belvoir) 19 14 no data 34.5 6 C B E F L
20 Buena Park, Calif. 63,260 3,538 117 0.6% 5.8% $450,500 $1,370 $23,810 $41,236 4.4% no data 2 (NAVWEAPSTA Seal Beach) 24 8 26.9 no data 6 C T B E F
21 Layton, Utah 48,884 4,895 798 2% 7.2% $212,500 $863 $29,972 $51,169 4.8% 4.8% 1 (Hill AFB) 4 2 22.3 no data 6 C F
22 Carmel, Ind. 63,371 3,973 71 5.8% 10% $306,400 $1,146 $50,647 $55,227 3.2% 8.3% 2 (DFAS Indianapolis Center) 6 1 9.5 no data 9 C F
23 Yorba Linda, Calif. 50,642 3,714 0 -0.2% 10.3% $745,900 $1,627 $46,388 $55,837 4.9% 38.6% 1 (NAVWEAPSTA Seal Beach) 26 6 11 no data 9 C F
24 Frederick, Md. 52,432 5,922 222 2.9% 22.3% $258,900 $1,273 $35,516 $39,409 4.5% no data 1 (Annapolis NS (Incl. USNA) Fort Detrick) 23 14 27.4 29.9 7 F
25 Flower Mound, Texas 50,613 3,456 38 3.9% 0.8% $288,100 $1,496 $50,784 $66,048 2.4% 2.9% 0 12 0 9.9 no data 8 C B E F
26 Edmond, Okla. 66,038 5,820 267 1.5% -7.8% $206,900 $955 $34,451 $55,566 3% 2.2% 1 (Tinker AFB) 5 2 18.3 no data 8 C E F L
27 Meridian, Idaho 63,376 5,639 0 8% 24.7% $193,900 $958 $31,124 $34,251 2.4% no data 0 4 2 no data no data 6 F
28 The Woodlands, Texas 72,153 4,552 201 0.6% -3.1% $353,800 $1,292 $62,918 $71,596 4.9% no data 0 9 2 no data no data 10 E F
29 Silver Spring, Md. 58,710 3,198 159 0% -7.9% $432,600 $1,520 $39,549 $60,839 8.4% 3.3% 12 (Walter Reed National Military Medical Center) 24 15 no data 34.1 5 C B E F L
30 Bloomington, Minn. 72,058 7,490 76 4.9% 19.6% $217,200 $974 $33,231 $35,827 4.5% 2.6% 1 (Fort Snelling) 7 2 38.5 21.8 7 C E F
31 Laguna Niguel, Calif. 52,711 3,772 0 no data no data $750,500 $1,898 $48,200 $52,633 6.3% 8.8% 1 (Camp Pendleton) 25 10 9.6 no data 9 F
32 Hoover, Ala. 66,190 6,207 0 6% 4% $262,000 $1,004 $37,802 $48,733 3.5% 2.5% 0 6 1 27.8 no data 10 T F
33 Walnut Creek, Calif. 56,843 5,002 0 1.7% 11.4% $643,700 $1,662 $45,793 $49,267 6.6% no data 0 22 2 37.2 no data 10 C B E F
34 Troy, Mich. 65,175 3,145 38 3.4% 9.7% $248,400 $1,046 $41,975 $53,508 5.7% 1.4% 1 (Detroit Arsenal) 10 1 17 no data 8 C B E F
35 Riverview, Fla. 57,887 7,289 674 8.2% 8.5% $170,900 $1,104 $28,720 $48,125 11.8% 6.6% 1 (Macdill AFB) 18 3 no data no data 6 C B F L
36 Camarillo, Calif. 50,203 4,485 84 1.5% -31.8% $507,700 $1,741 $39,400 $60,176 5.2% 6.1% 1 (Port Hueneme NCBC) 11 4 15.6 no data 8 F
37 Lakewood, Calif. 64,665 3,656 0 7.7% 21% $448,700 $1,536 $31,425 $32,387 6.8% no data 2 (NAVWEAPSTA Seal Beach) 23 7 23.8 29.9 7 C T B E F
38 Suffolk, Va. 63,797 9,895 1,270 1.4% -4.7% $237,200 $1,052 $28,193 $57,166 8.5% 4.2% 4 (Norfolk Naval Shipyard) 6 6 28.9 no data 4 C B F L
39 Newton, Mass. 68,891 3,154 0 0.1% 26% $802,400 $1,634 $47,181 $47,596 3.2% 11.1% 2 (Hanscom AFB) 24 4 9.1 28.4 8 C E F
40 Farmington Hills, Mich. 67,222 4,858 104 2.3% 13.6% $215,800 $1,025 $40,677 $50,162 3.8% 5.8% 1 (Detroit Arsenal) 9 1 13.3 no data 8 C B E F
41 Gaithersburg, Md. 50,078 2,594 124 5% -13% $380,700 $1,637 $33,665 $58,616 7.7% no data 10 (Walter Reed National Military Medical Center) 26 15 no data 34.4 6 C B E F L
42 Atascocita, Texas 52,661 5,405 0 15.4% 31.4% $162,600 $1,236 $45,512 $49,455 5.7% 4.9% 0 10 2 no data no data no data C E F L
43 Goodyear, Ariz. 56,522 6,628 155 4.4% 3.6% $243,000 $1,173 $31,212 $49,458 2.4% 3.4% 1 (Luke AFB) 12 4 22.5 no data 5 F L
44 Millcreek, Utah 49,106 3,950 0 no data no data $290,800 $905 $29,935 $37,073 4.3% no data 0 6 2 no data 20.2 no data C F
45 Sugar Land, Texas 66,251 2,646 0 2.4% -11.4% $281,300 $1,585 $47,036 $41,810 3.7% no data 0 10 2 17.6 no data 8 C E F L
46 Federal Way, Wash. 71,696 6,691 530 3.6% 9.9% $257,000 $1,059 $30,130 $40,821 6.4% no data 4 (McChord AFB) 11 7 63.5 33.5 3 C E F
47 Portsmouth, Va. 70,535 12,333 2,890 -1.1% 12.6% $171,400 $983 $25,201 $41,620 10.9% 2.9% 10 (Naval Medical Center Portsmouth) 6 6 56.5 23.5 4 C T B F L
48 Maple Grove, Minn. 50,358 3,077 0 6.5% -22.9% $247,500 $1,351 $47,499 $51,771 3.1% no data 1 (Fort Snelling) 8 2 18.1 no data 7 E F
49 Bossier City, La. 46,054 7,864 2,476 0.7% 38.7% $151,000 $954 $26,227 $43,090 5.2% no data 1 (Barksdale AFB) 3 0 53.9 no data 6 F
50 Missouri City, Texas 57,006 3,713 0 5.6% -6.9% $153,400 $1,419 $35,602 $75,035 10.7% 11.9% 0 11 2 18.2 no data 6 C 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