Best for Vets: Places to Live 2017

Military Times evaluated 577 places on veteran culture and services, economic indicators and livability factors, including 254 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

Rank City Overall adult population Veteran population Military population Median home price Median monthly rent Nonveteran median income Veteran median income Civilian unemployment rate Veteran unemployment rate Number of installations within 25 miles (nearest) 2015 crime reports per 1,000 people GreatSchools rating Area health Best for Vets organizations within 25 miles
1 Glen Burnie, Md. 52,549 5,298 686 $255,900 $1,225 $37,007 $57,789 4.9% 2.2% 3 (Fort George G. Meade) no data 7.0 C F
2 O'Fallon, Mo. 61,457 5,783 0 $201,700 $993 $37,800 $44,660 3.4% 2.2% 1 (Naval Research Center St. Louis) 12.6 7.9 C F
3 Waldorf, Md. 54,349 6,932 415 $251,400 $1,472 $50,415 $70,914 2.2% 0.8% 12 (Indian Head NAV ORD STA) no data 5.8 C E F
4 Ellicott City, Md. 53,695 3,856 291 $513,700 $1,494 $56,009 $85,949 3.4% 4.9% 4 (Fort George G. Meade) no data 7.9 C E F
5 Kirkland, Wash. 71,183 5,156 0 $529,200 $1,620 $55,070 $54,261 3.4% no data 3 (Naval Station Everett) 21.2 6.8 E F
6 New Braunfels, Texas 51,775 5,204 62 $184,200 $1,029 $30,192 $53,244 3.8% no data 1 (Randolph AFB) 32.5 7.3 C E F
7 Highlands Ranch, Colo. 73,005 4,840 63 $393,700 $1,767 $53,484 $53,778 2.7% 3.3% 1 (Buckley AFB) no data 6.9 C E F
8 Missouri City, Texas 54,609 4,274 0 $178,400 $1,657 $42,456 $60,743 5% no data 0 19.4 7.1 C E F
9 San Clemente, Calif. 51,883 3,970 1,474 $880,900 $1,838 $40,855 $52,424 4.2% 22.7% 1 (Camp Pendleton) 12.9 7.2 C F
10 Sugar Land, Texas 68,886 4,377 0 $288,700 $1,621 $50,155 $59,574 3% no data 0 17.5 7.1 C E F
11 Centreville, Va. 55,639 3,779 482 $429,900 $1,786 $45,755 $90,750 4.1% 2.2% 12 (Fort Belvoir) no data 6.3 C E F
12 Mount Pleasant, S.C. 60,686 3,981 142 $426,500 $1,405 $45,839 $53,924 3.3% no data 3 ((C3) Charleston NAVSTA) 17.7 5.5 T F
13 Lake Forest, Calif. 64,244 3,748 50 $590,200 $1,741 $41,667 $62,297 4.6% 7.5% 1 (Seal Beach NAVWEAPSTA) 12.6 7.2 C F
14 St. Charles, Mo. 54,942 4,371 0 $183,700 $906 $28,992 $34,679 2.9% 2.1% 1 (Naval Research Center St. Louis) 27 7.9 C F
15 Goodyear, Ariz. 59,207 7,650 506 $254,600 $1,169 $33,637 $41,645 2.6% 2.2% 1 (Luke AFB) 24.6 5.9 F
16 Gaithersburg, Md. 52,026 2,126 233 $356,800 $1,547 $38,497 $65,000 2.7% no data 10 (NNMC Bethesda) no data 7.0 C E F
17 Flower Mound, Texas 51,265 4,217 0 $309,600 $1,651 $52,530 $66,296 4.9% 2.8% 0 7.9 7.0 C E F
18 Dale City, Va. 51,068 6,085 760 $289,100 $1,686 $32,389 $72,139 7.5% 4.6% 10 (MCCDC Quantico VA) no data 5.3 C E F
19 Marysville, Wash. 49,595 5,714 651 $251,300 $1,255 $35,959 $49,710 7.1% 3.2% 1 (Naval Station Everett) 38.3 6.2 F
20 League City, Texas 74,809 6,484 512 $219,200 $1,348 $52,433 $53,591 5.6% no data 0 19.1 5.3 C E F
21 North Richland Hills, Texas 53,440 5,175 0 $163,300 $993 $31,674 $49,786 6.5% 2% 1 (NAS JRB Fort Worth) 25 5.7 C E F
22 Eagan, Minn. 51,452 2,699 0 $260,600 $1,063 $39,940 $43,447 3.4% no data 1 (Fort Snelling) 18.4 6.3 C T E F
23 Lee's Summit, Mo. 68,866 6,624 0 $200,300 $1,004 $41,863 $47,476 3% no data 0 no data 6.1 C F
24 Bloomington, Minn. 69,346 6,176 0 $230,400 $1,100 $36,584 $44,096 3.6% no data 1 (Fort Snelling) 35 4.8 C T E F
25 Riverview, Fla. 62,468 6,943 1,075 $184,600 $1,232 $33,541 $55,913 4.9% 9.4% 1 (Macdill AFB) no data 5.2 C F
26 Frederick, Md. 52,879 3,870 377 $254,500 $1,343 $33,549 $57,351 6.6% 3.3% 1 (Fort Detrick) 25.3 7.7 E F
27 Alameda, Calif. 62,481 4,504 1,141 $738,000 $1,515 $46,217 $63,722 4.3% 1.8% 0 25 6.2 C E F
28 Newton, Mass. 69,921 1,814 0 $809,700 $1,824 $51,367 $54,551 2.2% no data 2 (Hanscom AFB) 9.1 6.9 C E F
29 Suffolk, Va. 64,493 10,114 2,014 $234,200 $995 $29,763 $55,840 5.9% 3.4% 5 (Norfolk Naval Shipyard) 29.3 4.2 C F
30 Germantown, Md. 60,996 2,443 427 $324,900 $1,699 $46,511 $87,560 3.3% no data 9 (NNMC Bethesda) no data 7.0 C E F
31 Meridian, Idaho 65,812 5,640 0 $213,100 $987 $30,971 $50,264 3.7% 7.1% 0 no data 6.8 C F
32 Yorba Linda, Calif. 52,598 3,171 0 $784,600 $1,881 $50,334 $53,555 3.6% 9.8% 1 (Seal Beach NAVWEAPSTA) 10 7.2 C F
33 Carmel, Ind. 64,643 2,723 0 $318,800 $1,094 $51,925 $51,718 2% no data 2 (DFAS Indianapolis Center) 10 8.2 F
34 San Marcos, Calif. 68,256 5,189 548 $466,600 $1,533 $29,356 $46,470 3.5% 8.8% 2 (MCAS Miramar) 17.7 6.7 C F
35 Casas Adobes, Ariz. 53,209 6,601 218 $173,500 $1,018 $30,292 $39,108 5.2% no data 1 (Davis-Monthan AFB) no data 5.3 C F
36 Warwick, R.I. 66,638 5,799 43 $203,600 $1,114 $39,197 $42,959 6.2% 1.9% 2 (Armory of Mounted Commands) 20 5.9 E F
37 Largo, Fla. 66,600 8,310 130 $105,500 $912 $25,498 $32,122 5.7% 6.5% 1 (Macdill AFB) 46.9 5.9 C F
38 Rockville, Md. 52,877 1,990 240 $550,300 $1,847 $48,688 $55,324 5.6% 9.2% 12 (NNMC Bethesda) no data 7.0 C E F
39 Franklin, Tenn. 52,724 3,303 0 $347,700 $1,271 $41,432 $60,260 4.6% 3.7% 0 16.9 9.5 C F
40 Lakewood, Calif. 63,114 4,094 56 $475,000 $1,492 $36,206 $50,065 5.6% no data 2 (Seal Beach NAVWEAPSTA) 29.5 5.6 C T F
41 Newport Beach, Calif. 71,357 4,847 0 $1,709,300 $2,148 $60,265 $49,963 4.2% 6.4% 1 (Seal Beach NAVWEAPSTA) 26.1 7.2 C F
42 Federal Way, Wash. 73,347 7,135 156 $274,700 $1,067 $31,315 $44,522 8.1% 6.8% 4 (McChord AFB) 58.2 6.8 C E F
43 Jacksonville, N.C. 35,869 8,252 17,577 $140,000 $943 $22,100 $36,201 11% 4.9% 2 (New River MCAS) 26.4 4.9 F
44 Nashua, N.H. 68,818 5,532 128 $245,200 $1,142 $35,086 $46,196 3.9% 2.3% 1 (Hanscom AFB) 17.7 5.7 C F
45 Auburn, Wash. 59,801 5,401 44 $275,200 $1,089 $34,331 $41,350 5.7% 6.9% 2 (McChord AFB) 58.7 6.8 C E F
46 Silver Spring, Md. 62,857 1,562 142 $504,800 $1,473 $35,693 $41,385 6.9% no data 13 (Walter Reed Army Medical Center) no data 7.0 C E F
47 Plymouth, Minn. 58,211 4,158 0 $319,700 $1,133 $45,950 $49,508 3.1% 5.5% 1 (Fort Snelling) 14.3 4.8 C E F
48 Camarillo, Calif. 52,083 4,384 379 $548,200 $1,755 $36,198 $55,559 5.2% 2.3% 1 (Port Hueneme NCBC) 18.3 5.9 F
49 Town 'n' Country, Fla. 62,891 4,534 148 $145,800 $1,035 $26,332 $39,041 7.2% no data 1 (Macdill AFB) no data 5.2 C F
50 Edmond, Okla. 66,615 5,006 297 $232,500 $937 $31,767 $60,912 4.3% 1.6% 1 (Tinker AFB) 17.2 5.3 C F
    Key to Best for Vets categories:
  • C Colleges
  • T Technical and Career Colleges
  • B Business Schools
  • E Employers
  • F Franchises