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2016’s Best & Worst States for Military Retirees


When you are preparing to retire from the military, you may not feel any one state is your home. You've been moving around for 20 plus years, and now it's time to finally settle down. While some retirees have familial or other considerations, if you care primarily about living conditions, a recent WalletHub article titled 2016's Best & Worst States for Military Retirees might have the answer for you.

WalletHub's study took into account state tax policies related to military benefits, the job market's relative veteran friendliness, the number of veterans per capita, the number of VA health facilities per 10,000 veterans, and more.

The Top 10 States for Military Retirees

The top 10 states were:

  1. Alaska
  2. South Dakota
  3. Montana
  4. Wyoming
  5. Florida
  6. Maine
  7. New Hampshire
  8. North Dakota
  9. Hawaii
  10. South Carolina.

Out of that list, Alaska came in first for economic environment and Montana came in first for quality of life and health care. If you're looking for the most affordable housing among these top ten, you would look to North Dakota. Want to support veteran owned businesses? South Carolina made the top ten and was number one for percentage of veteran-owned businesses.

The Worst 5 States for Military Retirees

The lowest five were (worst rated at the top):

  1. Rhode Island.
  2. New Jersey
  3. Oregon
  4. Indiana
  5. District of Columbia (DC)

Out of this list, DC and New Jersey were also listed in the five states with the fewest veterans per capita, and DC and Oregon were among the highest five for percentage of homeless veterans per number of veterans.

More Interesting Facts

The study showed that the states with the most veterans per capita are Alaska, Montana, Maine, Virginia, and West Virginia, while the most veteran job opportunities were in Iowa, Indiana, Hawaii, South Dakota, and Utah. If you're primarily interest is access to health care, consider New York, Wyoming, California, Texas, and South Dakota.

 To read more stats such as these and see the study's full methodology, read the rest of the article on

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