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Setting Down Roots? The Best & Worst Cities For Veterans

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By Debbie Gregory.

Personal finance website WalletHub has released the results of the best/worst cities for veterans, and the Lone Star State can lay claim to 40% of the best.

When looking at factors such as the availability of military-skills related jobs, veteran unemployment, economic health, overall veteran population and access to Department of Veteran Affairs administered healthcare, the cities of Laredo, Plano, Austin and El Paso are among the nation’s best for vets.

The six other cities in the top ten are Scottsdale, AZ, Irvine, CA, San Diego, CA, Colorado Springs, CO, Tampa, FL and Orlando, FL.

The cities at the bottom of the survey include Detroit, MI, Newark, NJ, Cleveland, OH and Memphis, TN.

Included in the study was data analyzed from a variety of sources, including the U.S. Census Bureau, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the VA.

The results are slightly different when you break up cities by size.

For large cities with a population of 200,000 or more, the top ten are: San Diego, CA, Virginia Beach, VA, Colorado Springs, CO, San Antonio, TX, Honolulu, HI, Oklahoma City, OK, Seattle, WA, Aurora, CO, El Paso, TX and Denver, CO.

For medium sized cities, with populations of at least 75,000 but fewer than 200,000, the top ten are: Alexandria, VA, Arlington, VA, Centennial, CO, Pearland, TX, Columbia, MD, Lakewood, CO, Mission Viejo, CA Olathe, KS, Torrance, CA and Overland Park, KS.

For small cities, with fewer than 75,000, Maryland comes out on top. The top ten are: League City, TX, San Clemente, CA, Bethesda, MD, Kirland, WA, Ellicott City, MD, Dale City, VA, Waldorf MD, Rockville, MD, Rio Rancho, NM and Eagan, MN.

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Military Presence an Economic Boon for San Diego

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By Debbie Gregory.

According to Dr. Lynn Reaser, chief economist at Point Loma Nazarene University’s Fermanian Business and Economic Institute,  the $45 billion military economy in San Diego supports 20 per cent of the  local jobs. The good news is that this number is poised to grow significantly as the Navy moves forces to the Pacific.

“San Diego’s military complex represents the region’s most important and largest economic catalyst,” Reaser said.

Reaser added that the Defense Department spent $23 billion in the 2016 fiscal year, employing 301,000 people and resulting in an overall $45 billion in economic impact.

She forecast an increase of about $500 million in economic impact in the 2017 fiscal year, adding that the long-term effect of Navy’s refocus on the Pacific will be “a major stimulus for the economy.”

By 2023, the planned refocus on the Pacific will increase the number of ships home-ported in the region from 53 to 84 by 2023, which could add billions of dollars to the local economy.

San Diego’s Mayor Kevin Faulconer said the city is proud of its connection to the military and cognizant of the sector’s importance.

“Our city is home to the largest concentration of the military in the world,” Faulconer said. “San Diego continues to be a strategic location, and is becoming more and more important as our nation moves more of our forces into the Pacific region.”

Brigadier General Kevin Killea, commanding general of Marine Corps Installations West, said the San Diego region is an incomparable location for the military, both for training and for housing military families.

Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, with a daytime population of approximately 100,000, is located in nearby Oceanside, also in San Diego County.

Military Connection salutes and proudly serves veterans and service members in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, Guard and Reserve,  and their families.