Top 10 Worst Cities For Veterans

Top 10 Worst Cities For Veterans

Top 10 Worst Cities For Veterans


Words by Wes O’Donnell, Managing Editor, InMilitary 

Veterans from all eras face unique challenges when looking for a place to call home. Some are dealing with severe physical injuries; others, psychological. The best spots for veterans tend to have easy access to veteran-focused health care, a good selection of veteran-friendly employers and, most importantly, a low cost of living or at least affordable housing.

The personal finance website WalletHub has rated 100 cities from best to worst for veterans (you can see the full report here) and we’ve listed the worst for you below. So what makes a city the “best” or “worst” for veterans? WalletHub used the following criteria:

Economic Wellness – Total Weight: 5

  • Percentage of military skill-related Jobs: full weight
  • Veteran unemployment rate (ratio of unemployed veterans to total unemployed population): full weight
  • Rate of job growth (2008–2013): full weight
  • Rate of veteran wage growth (2008–2013): full weight
  • Veteran-owned businesses per veteran population: half weight
  • Housing affordability: full weight
  • Cost of living Index: full weight
  • Percentage of veterans living below the poverty line: full weight
  • Number of homeless veterans per veteran population: full weight

Environment, Education & Health – Total Weight: 5

  • Veteran population (number of veterans per capita): full weight
  • Number of VA benefits administration facilities per veteran population: half weight
  • Educational opportunities (“Best Colleges for Veterans” ranking): half weight
  • “Best & Worst Cities for Recreation” ranking (WalletHub Study): half weight
  • “Cities with the Best & Worst Weather” ranking (WalletHub Study): half weight
  • Crime rate: half weight
  • Number of VA health facilities per veteran population: half weight
  • “Patients’ willingness to recommend the veteran hospitals” score (used as a proxy for the quality of VA health facilities): half weight
  • Percentage of hospital appointments scheduled over 30 days (used as a proxy for the quality of the VA health facilities): half weight
  • “Emotional health” ranking: full weight

Read on to find out if your city made the list!

10. Lexington, KY

Old architecture of Lexington, Kentucky, USA


9. Indianapolis, IN

Indianapolis, Indiana, USA skyline over Monument Circle.


8. Memphis, TN


7. North Las Vegas, NV

Close up of the Las Vegas BLVD 3700 street sign, traffic lights, walkway and architectural details or Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.


6. Fort Wayne, IN


5. Miami, FL

Drone Aerial of Fort Lauderdale Florida FL Skyline at Sunrise.


4. Hialeah, FL


3. Boston, MA

Boston Skyline Sunset from Fan Pier


2. Newark, NJ

Newark, NJ cityscape by night, viewed from Riverbank park. Jackson street bridge, illuminated, spans the Passaic River


1. Detroit, MI



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