Irvine is the best city in the country for veterans, according to a study by the website WalletHub.
The rankings were based on criteria like the availability of jobs in militay skill areas, veteran unemployment, numbers of homeless veterans and location of Veterans Affairs facilities.
The authors fit the criteria into two main areas, and Irvine topped the list in terms of economic wellness. The city placed 23rd in terms of environment, education and health.
The economic wellness score was based on factors such as percentage of military skill-related jobs, rate of veteran income growth, percentage of veterans living below the poverty line and housing affordability.
The environment, education and health sector included factors like the number of veterans per 1,000 in population, educational opportunities, number of VA benefits and health facilities per an area’s population of veterans, and the willingness of veterans to recommend the local veterans hospital.
Irvine ranked first in the study for veteran income growth and lowest percentage of veterans living below the poverty line. The city was third in terms of lowest veteran unemployment rate.
Scottsdale, Arizona; Raleigh, North Carolina; Orlando, Florida; and Gilbert, Arizona, rounded out the top five in the study. The five worst out of 100 cities were Miami; Boston; Hialeah, Florida; Newark, New Jersey; and Detroit, according to the rankings.
—City News Service