Counties with the most veterans in Illinois

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July 4, 2022
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Counties with the most veterans in Illinois

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 Illinois 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. Adams County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.3% (4,222 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 102
--- Korean War: 517
--- Vietnam War: 1,425
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 867
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 684
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#49. Saline County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.4% (1,556 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 63
--- Korean War: 130
--- Vietnam War: 536
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 320
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 157
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#48. Stephenson County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.4% (2,925 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 116
--- Korean War: 401
--- Vietnam War: 1,036
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 422
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 227
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#47. Knox County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.5% (3,403 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 53
--- Korean War: 280
--- Vietnam War: 1,388
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 557
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 407
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#46. Edgar County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.5% (1,184 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 41
--- Korean War: 103
--- Vietnam War: 529
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 157
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 129
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#45. Randolph County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.6% (2,216 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 71
--- Korean War: 168
--- Vietnam War: 826
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 437
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 350
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#44. Montgomery County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.7% (1,997 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 93
--- Korean War: 163
--- Vietnam War: 699
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 304
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 279
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#43. Clay County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.7% (892 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 20
--- Korean War: 94
--- Vietnam War: 397
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 141
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 32
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#42. Jo Daviess County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.8% (1,522 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 15
--- Korean War: 96
--- Vietnam War: 788
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 158
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 138
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#41. Mercer County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.8% (1,070 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 63
--- Korean War: 94
--- Vietnam War: 465
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 180
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 155
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#40. Henry County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.8% (3,358 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 129
--- Korean War: 202
--- Vietnam War: 1,264
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 577
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 672
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#39. Hancock County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.9% (1,249 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 27
--- Korean War: 168
--- Vietnam War: 546
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 206
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 158
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#38. Livingston County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.9% (2,500 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 83
--- Korean War: 284
--- Vietnam War: 969
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 378
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 347
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#37. Hardin County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.9% (298 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 0
--- Korean War: 48
--- Vietnam War: 140
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 41
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 20
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#36. Ford County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.0% (914 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 12
--- Korean War: 68
--- Vietnam War: 326
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 164
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 121
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#35. Richland County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.0% (1,083 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 57
--- Korean War: 135
--- Vietnam War: 356
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 168
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 196
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#34. Ogle County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.0% (3,546 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 133
--- Korean War: 404
--- Vietnam War: 1,256
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 967
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 681
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#33. Lawrence County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.0% (1,158 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 21
--- Korean War: 62
--- Vietnam War: 274
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 158
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 218
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#32. Shelby County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.0% (1,531 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 20
--- Korean War: 200
--- Vietnam War: 625
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 212
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 212
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#31. Pike County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.0% (1,093 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 25
--- Korean War: 140
--- Vietnam War: 352
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 175
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 176
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#30. Whiteside County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.2% (3,998 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 175
--- Korean War: 541
--- Vietnam War: 1,138
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 690
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 532
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#29. Union County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.4% (1,247 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 65
--- Korean War: 127
--- Vietnam War: 560
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 187
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 129
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#28. Jefferson County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.4% (2,766 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 51
--- Korean War: 241
--- Vietnam War: 941
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 450
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 398
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#27. Mason County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.4% (1,007 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 40
--- Korean War: 162
--- Vietnam War: 375
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 173
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 90
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#26. Christian County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.4% (2,471 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 102
--- Korean War: 185
--- Vietnam War: 815
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 376
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 514
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#25. Macoupin County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.5% (3,382 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 113
--- Korean War: 271
--- Vietnam War: 1,330
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 485
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 545
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#24. Madison County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.5% (19,598 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 414
--- Korean War: 1,421
--- Vietnam War: 6,701
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 4,229
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 3,820
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#23. Marion County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.5% (2,749 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 129
--- Korean War: 267
--- Vietnam War: 1,126
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 518
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 337
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#22. Schuyler County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.5% (545 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 0
--- Korean War: 41
--- Vietnam War: 336
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 70
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 43
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#21. Massac County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.6% (1,047 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 10
--- Korean War: 88
--- Vietnam War: 347
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 248
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 164
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#20. White County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.6% (1,039 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 31
--- Korean War: 116
--- Vietnam War: 518
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 204
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 141
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#19. Putnam County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.7% (447 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 17
--- Korean War: 23
--- Vietnam War: 213
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 93
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 42
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#18. Carroll County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.8% (1,142 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 12
--- Korean War: 117
--- Vietnam War: 483
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 163
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 122
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#17. Washington County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.8% (1,081 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 13
--- Korean War: 127
--- Vietnam War: 452
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 205
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 157
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#16. Johnson County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.9% (1,006 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 18
--- Korean War: 115
--- Vietnam War: 424
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 162
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 96
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#15. Scott County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.9% (390 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 2
--- Korean War: 22
--- Vietnam War: 193
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 26
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 45
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#14. Williamson County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 10.0% (5,244 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 86
--- Korean War: 247
--- Vietnam War: 2,119
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 1,074
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 797
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#13. Franklin County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 10.1% (3,059 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 116
--- Korean War: 338
--- Vietnam War: 1,194
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 492
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 494
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#12. Wabash County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 10.2% (909 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 26
--- Korean War: 36
--- Vietnam War: 324
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 249
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 101
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#11. Clinton County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 10.3% (3,033 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 65
--- Korean War: 261
--- Vietnam War: 1,057
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 825
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 689
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#10. Jersey County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 10.3% (1,783 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 92
--- Korean War: 113
--- Vietnam War: 646
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 378
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 262
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#9. Calhoun County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 10.3% (393 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 9
--- Korean War: 88
--- Vietnam War: 176
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 63
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 47
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#8. Alexander County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 10.4% (484 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 0
--- Korean War: 36
--- Vietnam War: 182
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 94
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 38
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#7. Marshall County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 10.5% (962 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 40
--- Korean War: 95
--- Vietnam War: 340
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 159
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 116
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#6. Henderson County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 10.7% (589 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 49
--- Korean War: 27
--- Vietnam War: 326
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 90
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 19
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#5. Menard County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 10.9% (1,038 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 36
--- Korean War: 80
--- Vietnam War: 408
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 146
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 161
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#4. Pulaski County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 11.3% (483 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 11
--- Korean War: 30
--- Vietnam War: 188
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 53
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 23
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#3. Greene County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 11.7% (1,203 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 7
--- Korean War: 102
--- Vietnam War: 447
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 197
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 209
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#2. St. Clair County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 12.6% (24,717 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 652
--- Korean War: 1,435
--- Vietnam War: 8,024
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 8,627
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 6,915
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#1. Pope County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 14.3% (509 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 11
--- Korean War: 85
--- Vietnam War: 240
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 138
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 5

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