Counties with the most veterans in Florida

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July 4, 2022
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Counties with the most veterans in Florida

There are roughly 19 million veterans living in the U.S., according to data from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Though, the VA anticipates the percentage of the U.S. population with military experience will continue to decline over the next couple of decades—by 2046, it expects the number of living U.S. veterans to decrease by 35%.

Stacker compiled a list of the counties with the most veterans in Florida using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Counties are ranked by the highest percent of residents that are veterans based on the Census’ 2020 5-year estimate.

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.

Keep reading to see where the most veterans live in your home state.

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#50. Hillsborough County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.2% (92,279 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 2,061
--- Korean War: 5,451
--- Vietnam War: 28,486
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 27,387
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 24,832
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#49. Baker County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.3% (1,825 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 13
--- Korean War: 37
--- Vietnam War: 651
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 567
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 470
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#48. Washington County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.4% (1,703 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 21
--- Korean War: 118
--- Vietnam War: 793
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 426
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 239
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#47. Polk County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.7% (47,663 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 1,836
--- Korean War: 3,970
--- Vietnam War: 17,555
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 8,084
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 7,403
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#46. Taylor County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.8% (1,546 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 26
--- Korean War: 171
--- Vietnam War: 507
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 357
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 71
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#45. Lee County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.8% (55,123 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 2,861
--- Korean War: 6,025
--- Vietnam War: 23,113
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 6,178
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 5,389
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#44. Calhoun County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.9% (1,020 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 17
--- Korean War: 91
--- Vietnam War: 518
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 277
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 101
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#43. Bradford County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.2% (2,042 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 11
--- Korean War: 149
--- Vietnam War: 652
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 453
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 586
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#42. St. Lucie County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.3% (23,883 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 914
--- Korean War: 2,213
--- Vietnam War: 9,007
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 3,991
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 3,116
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#41. Okeechobee County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.6% (3,159 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 208
--- Korean War: 432
--- Vietnam War: 1,199
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 592
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 460
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#40. Pinellas County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.9% (80,084 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 3,535
--- Korean War: 8,089
--- Vietnam War: 30,478
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 12,841
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 11,152
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#39. Gilchrist County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.9% (1,423 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 20
--- Korean War: 139
--- Vietnam War: 615
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 256
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 224
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#38. Jackson County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.9% (3,837 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 116
--- Korean War: 321
--- Vietnam War: 1,746
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 1,008
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 338
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#37. Manatee County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 10.2% (32,844 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 1,460
--- Korean War: 3,888
--- Vietnam War: 13,735
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 4,630
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 3,708
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#36. Monroe County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 10.3% (6,396 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 139
--- Korean War: 366
--- Vietnam War: 2,301
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 1,251
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 1,556
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#35. Jefferson County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 10.4% (1,245 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 18
--- Korean War: 45
--- Vietnam War: 569
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 225
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 193
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#34. St. Johns County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 10.4% (20,781 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 701
--- Korean War: 1,827
--- Vietnam War: 7,069
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 6,414
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 4,176
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#33. Martin County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 10.5% (14,025 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 891
--- Korean War: 1,927
--- Vietnam War: 5,321
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 1,815
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 1,593
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#32. Pasco County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 10.7% (45,995 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 1,228
--- Korean War: 4,398
--- Vietnam War: 16,966
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 9,409
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 7,092
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#31. Franklin County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 10.8% (1,085 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 41
--- Korean War: 113
--- Vietnam War: 465
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 162
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 90
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#30. Volusia County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 11.0% (49,644 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 2,194
--- Korean War: 4,681
--- Vietnam War: 19,269
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 8,688
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 6,782
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#29. Sarasota County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 11.2% (41,215 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 2,243
--- Korean War: 5,793
--- Vietnam War: 16,673
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 5,184
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 3,920
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#28. Suwannee County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 11.4% (3,980 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 10
--- Korean War: 348
--- Vietnam War: 1,553
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 960
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 613
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#27. Highlands County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 11.5% (10,026 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 448
--- Korean War: 1,640
--- Vietnam War: 3,994
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 917
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 577
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#26. Duval County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 11.5% (83,096 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 1,287
--- Korean War: 3,932
--- Vietnam War: 22,747
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 27,993
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 26,143
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#25. Lake County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 11.6% (33,346 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 1,112
--- Korean War: 3,668
--- Vietnam War: 13,434
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 6,133
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 4,722
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#24. Wakulla County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 11.7% (3,032 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 29
--- Korean War: 108
--- Vietnam War: 1,128
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 670
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 634
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#23. Indian River County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 11.7% (15,362 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 1,015
--- Korean War: 2,025
--- Vietnam War: 6,147
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 1,677
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 1,201
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#22. Holmes County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 11.7% (1,824 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 31
--- Korean War: 129
--- Vietnam War: 691
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 363
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 330
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#21. Flagler County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 11.9% (11,117 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 554
--- Korean War: 886
--- Vietnam War: 4,788
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 1,777
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 1,918
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#20. Gulf County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 11.9% (1,529 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 0
--- Korean War: 77
--- Vietnam War: 723
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 491
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 219
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#19. Walton County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 11.9% (6,683 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 130
--- Korean War: 422
--- Vietnam War: 2,517
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 2,068
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 1,329
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#18. Putnam County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 12.0% (6,945 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 101
--- Korean War: 460
--- Vietnam War: 3,011
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 1,088
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 768
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#17. Union County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 12.0% (1,497 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 0
--- Korean War: 30
--- Vietnam War: 766
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 279
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 186
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#16. Nassau County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 12.2% (8,298 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 100
--- Korean War: 360
--- Vietnam War: 3,248
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 2,054
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 1,786
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#15. Columbia County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 12.2% (6,756 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 133
--- Korean War: 404
--- Vietnam War: 2,673
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 1,407
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 1,376
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#14. Hernando County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 12.2% (19,061 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 732
--- Korean War: 1,869
--- Vietnam War: 7,921
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 2,660
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 2,888
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#13. Marion County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 12.3% (36,149 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 1,078
--- Korean War: 4,153
--- Vietnam War: 15,049
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 5,759
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 3,721
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#12. Dixie County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 12.6% (1,727 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 0
--- Korean War: 174
--- Vietnam War: 821
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 236
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 188
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#11. Glades County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 13.2% (1,545 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 68
--- Korean War: 119
--- Vietnam War: 767
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 52
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 110
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#10. Levy County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 13.3% (4,397 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 115
--- Korean War: 295
--- Vietnam War: 1,814
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 654
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 749
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#9. Escambia County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 13.4% (32,291 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 387
--- Korean War: 1,775
--- Vietnam War: 11,699
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 10,745
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 8,780
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#8. Charlotte County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 13.4% (21,986 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 1,059
--- Korean War: 3,173
--- Vietnam War: 9,713
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 2,175
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 1,541
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#7. Brevard County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 13.8% (66,519 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 1,713
--- Korean War: 6,303
--- Vietnam War: 24,259
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 17,465
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 13,737
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#6. Citrus County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 14.6% (18,362 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 749
--- Korean War: 2,141
--- Vietnam War: 8,478
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 2,503
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 1,690
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#5. Bay County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 15.3% (21,209 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 357
--- Korean War: 1,348
--- Vietnam War: 6,757
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 7,233
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 6,438
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#4. Sumter County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 15.5% (18,647 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 683
--- Korean War: 1,925
--- Vietnam War: 9,736
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 1,594
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 882
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#3. Clay County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 17.2% (28,111 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 355
--- Korean War: 1,087
--- Vietnam War: 8,310
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 11,843
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 10,407
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#2. Santa Rosa County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 17.8% (24,259 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 202
--- Korean War: 827
--- Vietnam War: 6,976
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 10,391
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 9,270
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#1. Okaloosa County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 21.7% (32,555 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 322
--- Korean War: 1,382
--- Vietnam War: 9,143
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 13,992
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 13,445

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