Special Report

States With the Most Veterans

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45. Illinois
> Veteran population: 559,656 (5.7% of adult pop.)
> Veterans who served in US wars after Sept. 11, 2001: 98,857 (17.7% of veterans – 17th lowest)
> Vietnam era veterans: 203,913 (36.4% of veterans – 24th highest)
> Veteran labor force participation rate: 78.5% – 17th highest
> Veterans living in poverty: 6.6% – 25th lowest
> Estimated number of homeless veterans: 690

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44. Connecticut
> Veteran population: 165,029 (5.8% of adult pop.)
> Veterans who served in US wars after Sept. 11, 2001: 26,712 (16.2% of veterans – 12th lowest)
> Vietnam era veterans: 61,354 (37.2% of veterans – 20th highest)
> Veteran labor force participation rate: 81.1% – 10th highest
> Veterans living in poverty: 5.8% – 13th lowest
> Estimated number of homeless veterans: 195

43. Rhode Island
> Veteran population: 54,848 (6.5% of adult pop.)
> Veterans who served in US wars after Sept. 11, 2001: 11,227 (20.5% of veterans – 25th lowest)
> Vietnam era veterans: 21,323 (38.9% of veterans – 8th highest)
> Veteran labor force participation rate: 81.4% – 8th highest
> Veterans living in poverty: 8.3% – 5th highest
> Estimated number of homeless veterans: 92

42. Vermont
> Veteran population: 33,986 (6.7% of adult pop.)
> Veterans who served in US wars after Sept. 11, 2001: 3,806 (11.2% of veterans – the lowest)
> Vietnam era veterans: 15,017 (44.2% of veterans – the highest)
> Veteran labor force participation rate: 73.3% – 10th lowest
> Veterans living in poverty: 6.2% – 17th lowest
> Estimated number of homeless veterans: 87

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41. Texas
> Veteran population: 1,435,787 (6.8% of adult pop.)
> Veterans who served in US wars after Sept. 11, 2001: 396,060 (27.6% of veterans – 4th highest)
> Vietnam era veterans: 471,690 (32.9% of veterans – 7th lowest)
> Veteran labor force participation rate: 78.0% – 22nd highest
> Veterans living in poverty: 6.5% – 23rd lowest
> Estimated number of homeless veterans: 1,806

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