Counties with the most veterans in California

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November 11, 2021
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Counties with the most veterans in California

There are roughly 19 million veterans living in the U.S., according to data from the Department of Veterans Affairs. California, Texas, and Florida are home to the most veterans, and Wyoming, Vermont, and Washington D.C. home to the least.

American veterans live in virtually all of the country’s 3,142 counties. Even Hawaii’s tiny Kalawao County, which had no veterans living in it as of 2016, reported two veterans there according to 2019 Census Bureau estimates.

Stacker compiled a list of the counties with the most veterans in California using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Counties are ranked by the highest percent of residents that are veterans based on the Census’ 2019 5-year estimate. Keep reading to see where the most veterans live in your home state.

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#50. Tulare County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 3.8% (12,095 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 421
--- Korean War: 1,116
--- Vietnam era: 5,281
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 2,306
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 2,971

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#49. Yolo County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 3.9% (6,712 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 320
--- Korean War: 835
--- Vietnam era: 2,482
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 1,533
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 1,542

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#48. Marin County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 4.0% (8,225 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 722
--- Korean War: 1,188
--- Vietnam era: 4,377
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 802
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 1,136

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#47. Merced County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 4.1% (7,843 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 332
--- Korean War: 866
--- Vietnam era: 3,880
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 1,411
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 1,354

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#46. Contra Costa County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 4.3% (37,981 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 2,744
--- Korean War: 4,713
--- Vietnam era: 17,286
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 7,520
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 5,718

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#45. Madera County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 4.3% (4,866 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 196
--- Korean War: 651
--- Vietnam era: 2,620
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 551
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 848

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#44. Stanislaus County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 4.3% (17,143 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 705
--- Korean War: 1,592
--- Vietnam era: 8,126
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 3,119
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 3,601

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#43. Colusa County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 4.4% (679 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 25
--- Korean War: 72
--- Vietnam era: 378
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 112
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 92

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#42. Fresno County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 4.4% (31,046 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 1,591
--- Korean War: 3,333
--- Vietnam era: 12,877
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 5,705
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 7,540

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#41. San Joaquin County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 4.5% (24,233 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 926
--- Korean War: 2,137
--- Vietnam era: 11,136
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 5,323
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 4,711

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#40. Alpine County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 4.5% (38 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 0
--- Korean War: 2
--- Vietnam era: 34
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 2
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 0

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#39. Monterey County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 4.7% (14,788 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 764
--- Korean War: 1,488
--- Vietnam era: 6,616
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 2,792
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 3,128

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#38. San Bernardino County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 4.9% (76,616 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 2,409
--- Korean War: 6,325
--- Vietnam era: 32,826
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 16,432
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 18,624

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#37. Kern County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 5.0% (31,325 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 1,001
--- Korean War: 2,923
--- Vietnam era: 12,045
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 7,478
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 7,878

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#36. Napa County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 5.4% (5,949 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 542
--- Korean War: 856
--- Vietnam era: 2,857
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 924
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 770

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#35. San Benito County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 5.4% (2,411 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 97
--- Korean War: 274
--- Vietnam era: 1,063
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 384
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 593

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#34. Ventura County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 5.5% (35,259 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 1,778
--- Korean War: 3,854
--- Vietnam era: 15,635
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 6,583
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 7,409

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#33. Sonoma County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 5.5% (21,828 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 1,014
--- Korean War: 2,331
--- Vietnam era: 11,056
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 3,837
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 3,590

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#32. Santa Barbara County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 5.5% (19,077 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 1,085
--- Korean War: 2,701
--- Vietnam era: 7,436
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 3,529
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 4,326

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#31. Glenn County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 5.7% (1,161 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 52
--- Korean War: 175
--- Vietnam era: 554
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 186
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 194

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#30. Mono County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 5.7% (657 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 29
--- Korean War: 34
--- Vietnam era: 140
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 192
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 262

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#29. Humboldt County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 5.9% (6,422 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 454
--- Korean War: 689
--- Vietnam era: 3,251
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 890
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 1,138

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#28. Sacramento County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 5.9% (68,275 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 3,280
--- Korean War: 6,723
--- Vietnam era: 29,197
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 14,512
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 14,563

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#27. Riverside County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 6.1% (110,032 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 4,439
--- Korean War: 10,825
--- Vietnam era: 40,573
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 26,044
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 28,151

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#26. San Luis Obispo County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 6.2% (14,327 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 781
--- Korean War: 1,957
--- Vietnam era: 7,449
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 2,101
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 2,039

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#25. Lassen County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 6.4% (1,663 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 30
--- Korean War: 164
--- Vietnam era: 724
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 392
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 353

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#24. Butte County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 6.7% (12,124 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 763
--- Korean War: 1,415
--- Vietnam era: 6,136
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 2,029
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 1,781

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#23. Mendocino County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 6.9% (4,706 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 278
--- Korean War: 484
--- Vietnam era: 2,770
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 673
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 501

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#22. Tehama County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 6.9% (3,355 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 158
--- Korean War: 466
--- Vietnam era: 1,881
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 563
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 287

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#21. El Dorado County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.3% (11,027 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 510
--- Korean War: 1,432
--- Vietnam era: 5,875
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 2,027
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 1,183

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#20. Del Norte County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.6% (1,642 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 100
--- Korean War: 251
--- Vietnam era: 878
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 291
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 122

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#19. Placer County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.6% (22,754 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 1,121
--- Korean War: 2,840
--- Vietnam era: 10,400
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 4,634
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 3,759

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#18. Sutter County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.7% (5,423 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 214
--- Korean War: 491
--- Vietnam era: 1,929
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 1,284
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 1,505

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#17. Sierra County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.9% (201 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 2
--- Korean War: 12
--- Vietnam era: 140
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 5
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 42

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#16. Modoc County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.9% (565 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 45
--- Korean War: 41
--- Vietnam era: 391
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 75
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 13

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#15. Mariposa County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.1% (1,176 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 52
--- Korean War: 166
--- Vietnam era: 688
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 122
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 148

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#14. Nevada County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.1% (6,663 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 549
--- Korean War: 889
--- Vietnam era: 3,373
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 1,056
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 796

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#13. Shasta County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.2% (11,513 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 460
--- Korean War: 1,457
--- Vietnam era: 5,869
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 1,575
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 2,152

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#12. Inyo County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.3% (1,194 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 86
--- Korean War: 209
--- Vietnam era: 601
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 102
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 196

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#11. Lake County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.4% (4,285 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 232
--- Korean War: 465
--- Vietnam era: 2,580
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 589
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 419

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#10. San Diego County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.5% (214,911 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 7,091
--- Korean War: 15,543
--- Vietnam era: 66,360
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 58,025
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 67,892

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#9. Trinity County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.9% (942 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 21
--- Korean War: 137
--- Vietnam era: 588
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 99
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 97

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#8. Calaveras County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.1% (3,431 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 264
--- Korean War: 447
--- Vietnam era: 1,896
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 496
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 328

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#7. Siskiyou County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.1% (3,163 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 83
--- Korean War: 418
--- Vietnam era: 1,822
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 488
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 352

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#6. Solano County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.2% (31,317 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 776
--- Korean War: 2,150
--- Vietnam era: 12,473
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 8,572
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 7,346

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#5. Kings County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.4% (9,915 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 134
--- Korean War: 424
--- Vietnam era: 2,470
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 2,930
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 3,957

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#4. Amador County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 10.1% (3,280 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 177
--- Korean War: 383
--- Vietnam era: 1,738
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 443
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 539

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#3. Tuolumne County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 10.1% (4,556 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 280
--- Korean War: 606
--- Vietnam era: 2,243
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 631
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 796

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#2. Plumas County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 10.6% (1,641 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 62
--- Korean War: 166
--- Vietnam era: 961
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 217
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 235

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#1. Yuba County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 10.9% (5,859 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 176
--- Korean War: 432
--- Vietnam era: 1,888
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 1,478
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 1,885

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