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By the Numbers: Facts About Bay Area Veterans

| November 11, 2013
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Veteran’s Day is always an important time for reflection, and to thank the millions of men and women who have served or are currently.

I found myself poking around census data this morning, curious to find out more about the veteran population in the Bay Area. Where do they live? When did they serve?

A few interesting findings:

  •  6.5 percent of the California population has veteran status, compared with 8.9 percent of the U.S. population.
  • In the Bay Area, Solano County has the highest percentage of veterans. They also have the largest percentage of female veterans. Compared to other counties, a high number who served in the Gulf War have settled in Solano County.
  • Santa Clara County has the largest total number of veterans.
  • Bay Area veterans are most likely to have served in the Vietnam War.
Where do Bay Area vets live? (Data and graphics from CensusReporter.com. Compiled by Olivia Hubert-Allen)

Where do Bay Area vets live? (Data and graphics from CensusReporter.com.)

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Olivia Allen-Price is an interactive and engagement producer with KQED News. She is the voice behind KQEDNews accounts on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Her experience in web journalism includes major newspapers such as The Baltimore Sun and The Virginian-Pilot. Follow her on Twitter at @oallenprice and on Instagram @oallenprice. Reach Olivia Allen-Price at ohubertallen@kqed.org.

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