San Diego, Chula Vista rank as top places to live for veterans

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - There may not be a better place to celebrate Veterans Day than in San Diego. 

San Diego ranked as a top destination, sitting at ninth on WalletHub's list of best places to live for veterans. The personal finance website ranked 100 of the largest U.S. cities based on 17 metrics, including jobs, economy, quality of life, and health. Nearby Chula Vista ranked 48th on the list.

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It's estimated that roughly 243,300 adults in San Diego County are veterans, according to the Department of Veteran Affairs' 2016 figures. This compares to about 6.10 percent of California's overall population consisting of veterans.

California is also one of the highest populated states by former service members, with an estimated 1,681,730 vets.

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This shouldn't be a total surprise to most San Diegans. With Marine Corps Air Station Miramar and Camp Pendleton, and Naval Station San Diego and Naval Base Coronado, the county has a tradition of being military friendly and proud.

Source: WalletHub

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The top cities on WalletHub's list were:

  1. Austin, Texas
  2. Colorado Springs, Colo.
  3. Virginia Beach, Va.
  4. Raleigh, N.C.
  5. Plano, Texas
  6. Tampa, Fla.
  7. Fremont, Calif.
  8. Seattle, Wash.
  9. San Diego, Calif.
  10. Boise, Idaho

The worst cities for veterans, according to the site, were:

  1. Cleveland, Ohio
  2. San Bernardino, Calif.
  3. Toledo, Ohio
  4. North Las Vegas, Nev.
  5. Birmingham, Ala.
  6. Memphis, Tenn.
  7. Hialeah, Fla.
  8. Baltimore, Md.
  9. Newark, N.J.
  10. Detroit, Mich.
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