2017 Best Cities for Veteran Homebuyers To Live

    High Importance to Veterans Medium Importance to Veterans
Rank City Veteran Population as a Percentage of Total Population Percentage of Monthly Income Spent on Monthly Mortgage Payment Percentage of Monthly Income Spent on Rent Veteran Unemployment Rate Percentage of Veterans Living Below Poverty Line Cost of Living Compared to National Average (nat’l avg = 100) Job Growth Percentage as of 2015 Educational Attainment Rate of Growth of VA Loans Since 2012 Proximity of Military Bases within 50 Miles Number of Veteran Owned Businesses per 1000 Citizens Number of VA Benefits Facilities within 50 Miles Great Schools Rating
1 San Antonio, TX 7.31% 18.13% 24.70% 6.90% 7.40% 92 3.30% 94.40% 10.25% (7) Fort Sam Houston Army Base 7.977 5 5
2 Colorado Springs, CO 11.76% 29.44% 23.30% 8.00% 6.20% 101 3.20% 97.50% 7.01% (3) Peterson AFB 10.314 5 6
3 Jacksonville, FL 9.35% 22.86% 28.59% 8.60% 7.20% 91 3.80% 94.70% 14.01% (6) Jacksonville Naval Air Station 8.214 2 5
4 Alexandria, VA 6.39% 36.29% 20.74% 2.10% 3.90% 156 1.90% 97.60% 8.47% (6) Fort Myer Army Base 11.576 5 4
5 Plano, TX 4.68% 26.45% 24.60% 7.00% 4.50% 115 3.43% 98.00% 10.69% JRB Fort Worth 9.335 0 8
6 Wilmington, NC 6.91% 36.13% 25.47% 5.70% 9.80% 100 3.30% 95.40% 15.89% Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point Navy Base 11.162 4 7
7 Arlington, TX 5.38% 19.61% 24.18% 7.80% 6.20% 93 2.00% 95.00% 10.31% (1) JRB Fort Worth 8.672 2 5
8 Raleigh, NC 4.78% 32.03% 26.52% 7.80% 5.30% 101 3.80% 96.20% 8.88% Seymour Johnson Air Force Base 8.977 2 7
9 El Paso, TX 6.57% 19.34% 22.79% 7.10% 7.30% 84 2.40% 94.80% -3.57% Fort Bliss 6.279 2 6
10 Chesapeake, VA 11.11% 31.31% 26.55% 3.80% 3.80% 110 1.72% 95.70% 6.75% (3) Medical Center Portsmouth  10.627 5 7
11 Charleston, SC 6.99% 38.17% 28.27% 3.50% 7.00% 109 3.50% 95.10% 8.62% (2) Naval Hospital Charleston 14.041 4 7
12 Mesa , AZ 7.28% 27.22% 29.36% 8.30% 6.80% 101 1.99% 95.20% 16.16% Luke Air Force Base 7.170 5 6
13 Virginia Beach, VA 13.62% 32.70% 28.62% 5.40% 4.40% 110 0.90% 97.00% 6.75% (15) NAS Oceana Navy base 11.892 5 6
14 Scottsdale, AZ 7.33% 52.42% 29.28% 9.40% 8.10% 141 1.99% 97.80% 16.16% Luke Air Force Base 13.321 4 8
15 Olathe, KS 4.94% 26.40% 22.47% 1.60% 3.10% 109 0.73% 96.20% 9.62% MC Mobilization Command Marine Corps 7.088 1 7
16 Cary, NC 4.27% 35.12% 21.78% 7.00% 2.30% 118 3.80% 97.80% 8.88% 0 12.261 1 9
17 Reno, NV 7.13% 36.68% 22.48% 11.80% 11.00% 102 3.80% 96.10% 20.05% (2) NAS Fallon Navy Base 9.203 1 6
18 Fort Worth, TX 5.17% 18.81% 25.14% 8.90% 7.20% 90 2.00% 95.10% 10.31% JRB Fort Worth 7.775 2 4
19 Lincoln, NE 5.97% 25.14% 23.44% 7.40% 6.40% 91 1.10% 96.50% 2.13% Offutt Air Force Base 7.907 2 6
20 Centennial, CO 6.87% 38.04% 32.01% 2.80% 5.20% 126 2.96% 96.70% 10.73% Buckley AFB 13.085 2 8
21 Chandler, AZ 5.47% 31.87% 29.61% 7.10% 4.00% 113 1.99% 95.10% 16.16% Luke AFB 6.556 5 8
22 Greensboro, NC 5.64% 27.83% 26.34% 7.30% 9.20% 88 2.00% 93.90% 27.92% (2) Camp Mackall 8.428 2 5
23 Oklahoma City, OK 6.94% 22.38% 23.48% 5.90% 8.20% 89 1.70% 94.20% 7.20% (3) Tinker Air Force Base 9.570 1 0
24 Glendale, AZ 6.45% 23.75% 26.92% 5.70% 7.80% 99 1.99% 93.60% 16.16% Luke AFB 5.564 5 5
25 Charlotte, NC 4.68% 26.74% 26.34% 10.10% 7.00% 94 3.70% 95.80% 11.93% Camp Mackall 9.255 2 6
26 Omaha, NE 6.25% 24.36% 26.79% 7.90% 7.40% 88 1.50% 93.50% 14.32% Offutt Air Force Base 8.475 2 5
27 Irving, TX 3.36% 23.46% 24.38% 5.10% 7.00% 92 3.43% 93.50% 10.69% Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base 0.165 0 5
28 Arvada, CO 7.81% 36.89% 28.51% 9.50% 4.90% 112 2.96% 96.70% 10.73% Buckley AFB 8.798 2 7
29 Gilbert, AZ 4.86% 29.41% 29.88% 5.20% 4.10% 116 1.99% 96.90% 16.16% 0 5.708 5 8
30 Aurora, CO 6.66% 26.88% 27.39% 8.90% 6.40% 102 2.96% 96.60% 10.73% Buckley AFB 6.600 2 5
31 Garland, TX 4.56% 19.94% 30.12% 8.50% 4.40% 89 3.43% 93.30% 10.69% JRB Fort Worth 7.691 2 5
32 Boise City, ID 7.55% 33.34% 27.95% 8.80% 9.70% 107 3.20% 95.00% 15.55% Mountain Home AFB 8.979 1 6
33 Albuquerque, NM 7.85% 29.99% 24.04% 6.40% 7.90% 101 1.00% 95.40% 8.49% (4) Kirtland AFB 7.417 2 6
34 Hampton, VA 14.46% 29.38% 28.61% 7.90% 6.10% 94 1.72% 96.00% 6.75% (4) Fort Monroe 8.655 4 4
35 Overland Park, KS 5.36% 34.79% 27.99% 3.50% 2.70% 117 0.73% 97.00% 9.62% (3) MC Mobilization Command Marine Base 9.399 1 8
36 Columbus, OH 5.11% 23.65% 28.03% 8.00% 8.90% 82 2.40% 92.80% 12.38% 0 7.169 3 4
37 Austin, TX 4.12% 36.56% 30.18% 7.90% 7.00% 107 4.60% 95.10% 9.04% (1) JRB Fort Worth 7.849 2 6
38 Fayetteville, NC 13.96% 19.95% 25.64% 11.10% 7.40% 90 -0.10% 97.30% 5.59% (1) Fort Brag 10.274 2 5
39 Tulsa, OK 6.45% 22.99% 25.62% 6.60% 9.50% 85 1.20% 93.20% 4.52% 0 10.805 2 4
40 Phoenix, AZ 4.88% 27.94% 29.18% 10.60% 9.80% 99 3.30% 93.70% 16.16% Luke Air Force Base 6.899 4 4
41 Honolulu, HI 8.31% 75.88% 38.19% 4.40% 5.10% 199 1.30% 95.50% 14.89% (10) USCG ISC Honolulu 6.952 1 6
42 Kansas City, MO 6.34% 23.96% 26.54% 9.40% 8.20% 94 2.20% 93.10% 9.62% (2) MC Mobilization Command Marine Corps 7.392 1 5
43 Nashville, TN 5.40% 30.50% 29.44% 7.80% 7.90% 99 3.80% 92.40% 8.61% 0 9.059 2 4
44 Anchorage, AK 10.11% 34.99% 36.58% 5.80% 3.80% 143 0.90% 96.80% 4.28% (2) Elmendorf AFB 13.884 1 6
45 Dallas, TX 3.66% 24.18% 29.25% 8.50% 11.40% 106 4.60% 93.30% 10.69% JRB Fort Worth 9.681 2 4
46 Denver, CO 4.90% 45.42% 29.93% 7.60% 9.30% 115 3.70% 94.00% 10.73% Buckley AFB 9.273 2 5
47 Tucson, AZ 7.61% 25.69% 26.82% 8.40% 10.60% 92 0.80% 93.60% 14.27% Davis-Monthan Air Force Base 6.898 1 5
48 Fort Wayne, IN 6.12% 19.74% 24.30% 9.20% 10.00% 84 2.60% 92.50% 3.50% 0 6.945 1 6
49 Lubbock, TX 5.28% 19.53% 26.47% 4.60% 8.20% 84 2.40% 84.50% 0.00% 0 7.818 0 5
50 Louisville, KY 6.72% 27.79% 26.23% 9.60% 9.60% 91 2.60% 90.30% 7.16% Fort Knox Army Base 3.083 2 5