Ahead of Veterans Day on November 11, a new study ranks two North Texas cities among the best places 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, Arlington ranked No. 3 overall and Fort Worth followed at No. 9. There are 42,000 veterans in Fort Worth, while neighboring Arlington has a veteran population of 19,000; the cities offer 13 health centers for veterans (in a 50-mile radius), according to the study.
Both North Texas cities have a slightly higher than average cost of living, but homes are relatively affordable, with median home prices hovering around the $200,000 mark, says the report. Arlington comes out on top in part thanks to its above-average ranking for veteran unemployment.
They are in good company alongside San Antonio, which was ranked No. 1 on the list and boasts a low veteran unemployment rate and low 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.
In another new ranking, this one from personal finance website WalletHub, Austin claimed 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.
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.