Counties with the most veterans in Michigan

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November 11, 2021
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Counties with the most veterans in Michigan

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 Michigan 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. Hillsdale County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 6.8% (2,422 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 90
--- Korean War: 239
--- Vietnam era: 1,319
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 399
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 375

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#49. St. Joseph County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 6.8% (3,112 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 130
--- Korean War: 369
--- Vietnam era: 1,417
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 740
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 456

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#48. Leelanau County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 6.9% (1,241 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 69
--- Korean War: 188
--- Vietnam era: 699
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 126
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 159

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#47. Cass County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.0% (2,848 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 58
--- Korean War: 323
--- Vietnam era: 1,673
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 393
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 401

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#46. Shiawassee County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.0% (3,765 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 112
--- Korean War: 353
--- Vietnam era: 1,932
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 742
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 626

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#45. Sanilac County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.1% (2,309 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 71
--- Korean War: 268
--- Vietnam era: 1,114
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 545
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 311

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#44. Muskegon County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.2% (9,603 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 383
--- Korean War: 970
--- Vietnam era: 4,687
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 1,951
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 1,612

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#43. St. Clair County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.2% (9,081 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 444
--- Korean War: 1,029
--- Vietnam era: 4,440
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 1,690
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 1,478

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#42. Grand Traverse County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.3% (5,316 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 390
--- Korean War: 499
--- Vietnam era: 2,400
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 1,135
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 892

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#41. Tuscola County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.3% (3,051 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 82
--- Korean War: 275
--- Vietnam era: 1,659
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 608
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 427

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#40. Charlevoix County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.3% (1,548 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 81
--- Korean War: 230
--- Vietnam era: 761
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 261
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 215

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#39. Bay County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.3% (6,081 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 291
--- Korean War: 696
--- Vietnam era: 2,688
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 1,342
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 1,064

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#38. Baraga County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.5% (516 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 33
--- Korean War: 41
--- Vietnam era: 275
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 83
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 84

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#37. Calhoun County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.5% (7,751 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 309
--- Korean War: 775
--- Vietnam era: 3,692
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 1,494
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 1,481

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#36. Otsego County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.6% (1,470 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 49
--- Korean War: 163
--- Vietnam era: 664
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 343
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 251

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#35. Newaygo County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.6% (2,862 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 99
--- Korean War: 363
--- Vietnam era: 1,397
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 528
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 475

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#34. Arenac County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.7% (949 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 28
--- Korean War: 85
--- Vietnam era: 487
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 157
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 192

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#33. Mason County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.8% (1,785 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 27
--- Korean War: 169
--- Vietnam era: 1,008
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 368
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 213

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#32. Missaukee County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.9% (912 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 26
--- Korean War: 101
--- Vietnam era: 513
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 161
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 111

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#31. Antrim County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.0% (1,516 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 103
--- Korean War: 201
--- Vietnam era: 768
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 293
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 151

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#30. Lake County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.1% (799 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 49
--- Korean War: 90
--- Vietnam era: 493
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 128
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 39

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#29. Clare County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.1% (1,991 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 110
--- Korean War: 183
--- Vietnam era: 1,192
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 264
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 242

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#28. Schoolcraft County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.1% (542 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 19
--- Korean War: 57
--- Vietnam era: 290
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 115
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 61

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#27. Kalkaska County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.2% (1,135 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 55
--- Korean War: 107
--- Vietnam era: 555
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 239
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 179

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#26. Alpena County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.4% (1,951 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 84
--- Korean War: 211
--- Vietnam era: 898
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 344
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 414

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#25. Osceola County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.5% (1,535 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 40
--- Korean War: 227
--- Vietnam era: 787
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 292
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 189

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#24. Ogemaw County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.6% (1,460 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 52
--- Korean War: 190
--- Vietnam era: 718
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 308
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 192

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#23. Chippewa County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.6% (2,635 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 55
--- Korean War: 360
--- Vietnam era: 1,129
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 556
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 535

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#22. Gladwin County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.6% (1,765 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 63
--- Korean War: 248
--- Vietnam era: 1,000
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 267
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 187

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#21. Wexford County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.9% (2,260 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 83
--- Korean War: 205
--- Vietnam era: 1,101
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 402
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 469

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#20. Oscoda County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.0% (597 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 33
--- Korean War: 59
--- Vietnam era: 349
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 61
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 95

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#19. Marquette County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.0% (4,916 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 267
--- Korean War: 589
--- Vietnam era: 2,361
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 1,045
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 654

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#18. Iron County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.1% (847 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 55
--- Korean War: 107
--- Vietnam era: 482
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 115
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 88

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#17. Manistee County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.1% (1,827 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 161
--- Korean War: 187
--- Vietnam era: 976
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 294
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 209

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#16. Gogebic County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.1% (1,161 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 89
--- Korean War: 196
--- Vietnam era: 623
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 131
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 122

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#15. Delta County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.2% (2,641 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 71
--- Korean War: 316
--- Vietnam era: 1,264
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 613
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 377

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#14. Dickinson County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.2% (1,884 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 73
--- Korean War: 154
--- Vietnam era: 843
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 452
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 362

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#13. Benzie County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.3% (1,332 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 82
--- Korean War: 125
--- Vietnam era: 674
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 231
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 220

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#12. Mackinac County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.4% (849 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 18
--- Korean War: 101
--- Vietnam era: 449
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 157
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 124

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#11. Alger County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.5% (740 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 33
--- Korean War: 101
--- Vietnam era: 370
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 147
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 89

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#10. Cheboygan County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.6% (2,024 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 158
--- Korean War: 288
--- Vietnam era: 1,060
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 337
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 181

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#9. Menominee County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.8% (1,845 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 58
--- Korean War: 216
--- Vietnam era: 893
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 402
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 276

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#8. Presque Isle County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.8% (1,046 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 45
--- Korean War: 135
--- Vietnam era: 613
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 162
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 91

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#7. Roscommon County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.9% (1,997 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 72
--- Korean War: 228
--- Vietnam era: 1,290
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 285
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 122

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#6. Montmorency County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 10.6% (836 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 51
--- Korean War: 107
--- Vietnam era: 503
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 94
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 81

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#5. Alcona County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 11.1% (997 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 51
--- Korean War: 143
--- Vietnam era: 561
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 139
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 103

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#4. Crawford County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 11.6% (1,314 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 71
--- Korean War: 61
--- Vietnam era: 615
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 336
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 231

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#3. Ontonagon County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 11.9% (612 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 19
--- Korean War: 77
--- Vietnam era: 377
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 76
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 63

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#2. Keweenaw County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 12.3% (222 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 2
--- Korean War: 20
--- Vietnam era: 162
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 22
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 16

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#1. Iosco County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 12.4% (2,603 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 144
--- Korean War: 297
--- Vietnam era: 1,384
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 412
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 366

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