Counties with the most veterans in Minnesota

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November 11, 2021
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Counties with the most veterans in Minnesota

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 Minnesota 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. Pennington County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 6.5% (705 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 19
--- Korean War: 91
--- Vietnam era: 335
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 105
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 155

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#49. Sherburne County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 6.5% (4,511 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 110
--- Korean War: 345
--- Vietnam era: 1,902
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 1,242
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 912

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#48. Grant County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 6.6% (303 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 8
--- Korean War: 49
--- Vietnam era: 180
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 31
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 35

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#47. Pine County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 6.6% (1,553 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 44
--- Korean War: 181
--- Vietnam era: 837
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 230
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 261

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#46. Roseau County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 6.7% (775 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 29
--- Korean War: 77
--- Vietnam era: 352
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 190
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 127

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#45. Traverse County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 6.7% (178 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 23
--- Korean War: 31
--- Vietnam era: 81
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 23
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 20

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#44. Murray County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 6.7% (438 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 27
--- Korean War: 81
--- Vietnam era: 244
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 40
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 46

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#43. Polk County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 6.8% (1,613 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 38
--- Korean War: 222
--- Vietnam era: 771
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 317
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 265

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#42. Norman County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 6.8% (338 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 26
--- Korean War: 61
--- Vietnam era: 150
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 57
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 44

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#41. Le Sueur County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 6.8% (1,457 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 33
--- Korean War: 171
--- Vietnam era: 814
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 247
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 192

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#40. Fillmore County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 6.8% (1,082 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 44
--- Korean War: 160
--- Vietnam era: 526
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 199
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 153

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#39. Douglas County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 6.9% (2,028 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 109
--- Korean War: 357
--- Vietnam era: 1,052
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 251
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 259

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#38. Wadena County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 6.9% (702 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 59
--- Korean War: 100
--- Vietnam era: 433
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 75
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 35

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#37. Wilkin County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 6.9% (336 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 20
--- Korean War: 65
--- Vietnam era: 158
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 55
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 38

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#36. Houston County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.0% (1,016 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 38
--- Korean War: 119
--- Vietnam era: 631
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 134
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 94

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#35. Cook County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.0% (318 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 30
--- Korean War: 52
--- Vietnam era: 169
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 36
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 31

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#34. Kittson County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.0% (237 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 18
--- Korean War: 23
--- Vietnam era: 129
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 35
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 32

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#33. Cottonwood County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.0% (601 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 47
--- Korean War: 70
--- Vietnam era: 245
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 118
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 121

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#32. Meeker County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.1% (1,236 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 81
--- Korean War: 151
--- Vietnam era: 619
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 210
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 175

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#31. Isanti County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.1% (2,129 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 119
--- Korean War: 205
--- Vietnam era: 937
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 396
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 472

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#30. Mower County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.1% (2,122 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 166
--- Korean War: 263
--- Vietnam era: 1,063
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 381
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 249

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#29. Wabasha County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.1% (1,208 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 49
--- Korean War: 166
--- Vietnam era: 625
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 218
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 150

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#28. Faribault County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.2% (770 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 60
--- Korean War: 122
--- Vietnam era: 376
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 129
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 83

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#27. Jackson County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.2% (562 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 33
--- Korean War: 68
--- Vietnam era: 262
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 87
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 112

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#26. Freeborn County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.2% (1,717 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 108
--- Korean War: 213
--- Vietnam era: 834
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 357
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 205

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#25. Waseca County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.2% (1,039 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 36
--- Korean War: 175
--- Vietnam era: 480
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 184
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 164

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#24. Beltrami County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.3% (2,529 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 76
--- Korean War: 365
--- Vietnam era: 1,177
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 426
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 485

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#23. St. Louis County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.3% (11,838 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 611
--- Korean War: 1,340
--- Vietnam era: 5,474
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 2,351
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 2,062

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#22. Chisago County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.5% (3,185 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 109
--- Korean War: 224
--- Vietnam era: 1,417
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 744
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 691

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#21. Red Lake County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.5% (227 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 8
--- Korean War: 40
--- Vietnam era: 91
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 46
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 42

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#20. Lincoln County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.6% (329 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 20
--- Korean War: 61
--- Vietnam era: 148
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 51
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 49

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#19. Otter Tail County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.6% (3,448 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 315
--- Korean War: 467
--- Vietnam era: 1,844
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 510
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 312

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#18. Todd County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.6% (1,419 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 57
--- Korean War: 172
--- Vietnam era: 831
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 150
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 209

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#17. Carlton County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.7% (2,121 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 114
--- Korean War: 239
--- Vietnam era: 997
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 438
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 333

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#16. Lake County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.7% (672 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 54
--- Korean War: 107
--- Vietnam era: 407
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 70
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 34

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#15. Pope County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.8% (677 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 49
--- Korean War: 86
--- Vietnam era: 393
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 72
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 77

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#14. Chippewa County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.8% (714 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 29
--- Korean War: 162
--- Vietnam era: 300
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 141
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 82

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#13. Morrison County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.1% (2,039 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 79
--- Korean War: 203
--- Vietnam era: 1,031
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 356
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 370

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#12. Goodhue County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.1% (2,895 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 117
--- Korean War: 403
--- Vietnam era: 1,316
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 571
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 488

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#11. Kanabec County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.1% (1,026 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 73
--- Korean War: 106
--- Vietnam era: 557
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 157
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 133

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#10. Koochiching County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.4% (858 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 165
--- Korean War: 57
--- Vietnam era: 446
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 106
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 84

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#9. Itasca County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.5% (3,012 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 235
--- Korean War: 318
--- Vietnam era: 1,743
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 462
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 254

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#8. Becker County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.6% (2,219 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 76
--- Korean War: 236
--- Vietnam era: 1,279
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 308
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 320

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#7. Crow Wing County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.7% (4,369 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 196
--- Korean War: 577
--- Vietnam era: 2,274
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 706
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 616

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#6. Mille Lacs County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.7% (1,712 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 20
--- Korean War: 191
--- Vietnam era: 861
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 336
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 304

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#5. Clearwater County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.5% (632 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 39
--- Korean War: 60
--- Vietnam era: 340
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 120
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 73

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#4. Martin County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.6% (1,487 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 112
--- Korean War: 196
--- Vietnam era: 787
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 180
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 212

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#3. Hubbard County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.7% (1,603 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 111
--- Korean War: 137
--- Vietnam era: 961
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 239
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 155

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#2. Cass County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 10.1% (2,321 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 78
--- Korean War: 289
--- Vietnam era: 1,382
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 313
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 259

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#1. Aitkin County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 10.6% (1,399 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 74
--- Korean War: 187
--- Vietnam era: 829
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 191
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 118

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