A Statistical Snapshot of Our Nation’s Veterans
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides official estimates and projections of the Veteran population using the VetPop2007 Veteran Population Model. The Veteran Population Model (VetPop2007) is the latest official source of population information from the VA. VetPop2007 estimates the Veteran population and its characteristics from 2000 through 2006, and then forecasts the future population. By using data from VA, Department of Defense (DoD), and the U.S. Census Bureau, they are able to forecast the Veteran population through the planning horizon. VetPop2007 generates the number of Veterans by characteristics such as age, gender, race/ethnicity. According to the United States Census Bureau:
There are 21.8 million veterans in the United States.
The Breakdown by Race and Ethnicity*:
States with more than 1 million veterans – California (2 million), Texas (1.6 million), Florida (1.6 million)
Cities with a high percentage of veterans – Killeen, Texas (28.9%), Clarksville, Tennessee (24%), Jacksonville, North Carolina (22.6%), Fayetteville, North Carolina (22.1%), Hampton, Virginia (20.9%).
Compared with 86% of the total population, 92% of veterans 25 and older have at least a high school diploma.
Of the 21.8 million veterans more than 1.3 million served during multiple wars.
Veterans own 9% of all U.S. businesses
Veterans’ annual income is about $10,000 higher than that of the average American.