Report: US best and worst cities for veteran living

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Data is sourced from WalletHub.

According to WalletHub, their analysts compared the United States' 100 most populated cities across four key categories: employment, economy, quality of life and health. From there, these categories were evaluated using 17 key indicators of livability, affordability and veteran-friendliness. Each indicator was graded on a 100 point scale. And a city's weighted average produced a Total Score, which was used to rank-order the sample.

Scores near 100 points were among the most favorable conditions for veterans. And cities with Ranks near No. 1 were among the best places for veterans to live.

In determining the report's sample WalletHub states, "We considered only the 'city proper' in each case, excluding surrounding cities in the metro area."

At times, U.S. veterans face setbacks when re-entering civilian life and society. Such challenges include not being able to secure jobs or housing, and having their disability benefits denied.

And while both veteran unemployment and homelessness are declining nationally, WalletHub reports that these issues are worsening in some areas of America. However, Anchorage is not one of those areas.

According to WalletHub, Anchorage ranks 34th best city overall for veterans to reside in, out of 100 major U.S. cities. Additionally, it has a weighted total score of 56.78 points out of 100 – just above average.

Of the four key categories analyzed, U.S. veterans living in Anchorage rank (out of 100):
- No. 41 in employment,
- No. 24 in economy,
- No. 53 in quality of life,
- And No. 40 in health.

According to the report, Anchorage also has very low levels of veterans living in poverty, at 2.06 percent, which earns it a ranking of No. 2 in the category.

While the city's veteran job growth is not favorable at -1.34 percent, ranking last at No. 100, its unemployment rates are favorable at only 3.2 percent, ranking No. 17.

WalletHub analysts calculated that Anchorage-residing veterans make a median income of $42,502 annually. Compared to other cities, this ranks No. 25.

Use the data visualization, above, to learn more about Anchorage and see how it compares to other major U.S. cities' abilities to provide veterans the best places to live, in 2017.

[DATA VIZ: Homeless Veterans in Alaska]

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