San Antonio is living up to its “Military City USA” moniker. Ahead of Veterans Day on November 11, a new study ranks Alamo City as the best place in the U.S. for military veterans.
The study, done by Veterans United Home Loans, looked at the 100 largest U.S. cities as measured by population and weighed four broad factors: economic wellness, employment, availability of VA benefits, and quality of life for veterans. Next, the study used 20 metrics to evaluate the strength of those four factors in each city.
In the end, San Antonio came out on top, thanks in part to above-average rankings for veteran unemployment and cost of living. About 250,000 veterans and 80,000 active-duty personnel live in the San Antonio metro area.
Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted that it was “no surprise” that a Texas city topped the Veterans United Home Loans list. An article published in 2018 on Medium.com noted that San Antonio’s warm and sunny climate, friendly nature, and reasonable cost of living make it attractive to veterans.
Elsewhere in Texas, Arlington ranked third and Fort Worth ranked ninth in the Veterans United Home Loans study.
In another new ranking, this one from personal finance website WalletHub, Austin topped San Antonio to claim the No. 2 spot among the best places in the U.S. for veterans to live. WalletHub examined data for the 100 biggest U.S. cities based on population and broke down its rankings into four general categories, with Austin appearing at No. 7 for quality of life, No. 11 for employment, No. 17 for the economy, and No. 20 for health.
In the WalletHub study, Fort Worth came in at No. 13 overall. Meanwhile, Plano landed at No. 14, Laredo at No. 19, and San Antonio at No. 21.