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San Antonio saluted as one of the best U.S. cities for veterans

San Antonio saluted as one of the best U.S. cities for veterans

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"Military City USA" is the 18th best place for veterans to live. San Antonio Board of Realtors/Facebook

This is one ranking that we can certainly salute: San Antonio has been named among the best places in the U.S. for military veterans to live. 

For the ranking, personal finance website WalletHub examined 17 key indicators of livability, affordability, and veteran-friendly attitude for the 100 largest cities in the U.S. Those metrics include share of military-skills-related jobs, housing affordability, and availability of veterans’ health facilities, divided into four broad categories: jobs, economy, quality of life, and health.

San Antonio, with its self-proclaimed status as “Military City USA,” ranks No. 18 overall. The Alamo City ranks No. 7 in the economy category and No. 23 for quality of life. Its rankings for health (No. 39) and jobs (No. 56), however, could use some improvement. 

Austin is the No. 1 spot for veterans to live, ranking in the top 10 in all broad categories except health. Among Texas’ four major metro areas, Houston fares the worst, coming in at No. 59 overall, and Dallas is No. 41.

Here are the full rankings for major cities in Texas’ four largest metro areas:

  • Austin — No. 1. Austin ties for first as the place with the lowest unemployment rate for veterans.
  • Plano — No. 5. Plano is one of the best places for the lowest percentage of veterans living in poverty (No. 5) but one of the worst places for the growth of veterans’ income (No. 99).
  • Fort Worth — No. 11. Fort Worth shines in the category covering economic factors (No. 2).
  • San Antonio — No. 18. The Alamo City lands at No. 7 in the economic category.
  • Arlington — No. 29. Arlington gets dinged for a low quality-of-life ranking (No. 75).
  • Irving — No. 32. Irving is one of worst places for military-skills-related jobs (97th).
  • Dallas — No. 41. Among the four general ranking categories, Big D ranks lowest for quality of life (No. 52).
  • Garland — No. 44. Garland suffers in the quality-of-life category (82nd).
  • Houston — No. 59. A low ranking in the employment category (83rd) weighs down the Bayou City.