As a veteran, it warms my heart to share this story.

First and foremost, let me tell you that my experience has been that the state of Texas in general is very good to veterans.

For one thing, I like to take college courses from time-to-time and I haven’t had to pay a lick of tuition thanks to the Hazelwood Act, saving me thousands of dollars. That’s nothing to sneeze at.

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So, I wasn’t in the least bit surprised when I learned that 13 Texas cities were ranked among the Top 100 cities for veterans to live, with Austin coming in at No. 2 on the list, right behind Tampa, Florida.

What makes a city a good place for a veteran to live?

Researchers at WalletHub used factors such as percentage of military skill-related jobs, veteran unemployment rate, veteran income growth, percentage of veterans in poverty, homeless veterans per veteran population and veteran population to reach their conclusions.

Transitioning from active military duty to civilian life was not an easy adjustment for me. I spent the first few months after I got out regularly contemplating reenlisting and didn’t fully rule it out until about five years after I had been discharged.

With that being said, choosing the right city to reside in upon being discharged can make the transition that much easier. If you’re a veteran, hopefully this information will help ease the shift into civilian life.

Hope you have a Happy Veterans Day and thank you for your service.

10 Best Cities for Veterans

  1. Tampa, FL
  2. Austin, TX
  3. Scottsdale, AZ
  4. Raleigh, NC
  5. Gilbert, AZ
  6. Lincoln, NE
  7. Madison, WI
  8. Virginia Beach, VA
  9. Orlando, FL
  10. Boise, ID

READ ON: See the States Where People Live the Longest

Stacker used data from the 2020 County Health Rankings to rank every state's average life expectancy from lowest to highest. The 2020 County Health Rankings values were calculated using mortality counts from the 2016-2018 National Center for Health Statistics. The U.S. Census 2019 American Community Survey and America's Health Rankings Senior Report 2019 data were also used to provide demographics on the senior population of each state and the state's rank on senior health care, respectively.

Read on to learn the average life expectancy in each state.

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Just saying the names of these towns immediately conjures up images of grand mansions, luxury cars, and ritzy restaurants. Read on to see which town in your home state took the title of the richest location and which place had the highest median income in the country. Who knows—your hometown might even be on this list.

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