Counties with the most veterans in Minnesota

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July 4, 2022
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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. 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 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’ 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. Wadena County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.7% (780 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 15
--- Korean War: 93
--- Vietnam War: 357
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 84
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 39
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#49. Lac qui Parle County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.7% (410 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 21
--- Korean War: 57
--- Vietnam War: 147
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 58
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 30
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#48. Marshall County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.8% (562 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 12
--- Korean War: 44
--- Vietnam War: 203
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 93
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 46
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#47. Le Sueur County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.8% (1,693 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 32
--- Korean War: 129
--- Vietnam War: 702
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 301
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 239
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#46. Norman County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.9% (389 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 16
--- Korean War: 49
--- Vietnam War: 150
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 65
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 44
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#45. Renville County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.9% (885 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 31
--- Korean War: 134
--- Vietnam War: 292
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 79
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 115
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#44. McLeod County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.9% (2,176 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 42
--- Korean War: 255
--- Vietnam War: 789
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 266
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 312
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#43. Fillmore County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.9% (1,258 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 30
--- Korean War: 157
--- Vietnam War: 492
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 185
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 147
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#42. Mower County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.0% (2,390 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 132
--- Korean War: 253
--- Vietnam War: 1,072
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 342
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 265
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#41. Cottonwood County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.1% (692 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 38
--- Korean War: 59
--- Vietnam War: 220
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 112
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 130
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#40. Polk County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.2% (1,936 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 16
--- Korean War: 213
--- Vietnam War: 906
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 278
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 226
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#39. Houston County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.2% (1,193 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 32
--- Korean War: 163
--- Vietnam War: 585
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 125
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 105
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#38. Beltrami County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.2% (2,865 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 48
--- Korean War: 361
--- Vietnam War: 1,203
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 391
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 629
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#37. St. Louis County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.4% (13,477 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 521
--- Korean War: 1,206
--- Vietnam War: 4,996
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 2,307
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 2,423
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#36. Lake County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.4% (729 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 37
--- Korean War: 81
--- Vietnam War: 322
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 83
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 55
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#35. Meeker County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.4% (1,475 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 55
--- Korean War: 131
--- Vietnam War: 530
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 260
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 186
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#34. Lake of the Woods County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.5% (255 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 0
--- Korean War: 5
--- Vietnam War: 83
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 20
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 40
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#33. Chisago County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.6% (3,693 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 96
--- Korean War: 228
--- Vietnam War: 1,343
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 670
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 857
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#32. Otter Tail County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.6% (3,920 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 183
--- Korean War: 480
--- Vietnam War: 1,722
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 471
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 383
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#31. Todd County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.6% (1,606 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 36
--- Korean War: 151
--- Vietnam War: 738
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 136
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 190
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#30. Wabasha County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.6% (1,459 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 30
--- Korean War: 121
--- Vietnam War: 514
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 193
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 189
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#29. Isanti County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.7% (2,657 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 89
--- Korean War: 238
--- Vietnam War: 911
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 399
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 548
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#28. Murray County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.7% (564 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 23
--- Korean War: 93
--- Vietnam War: 251
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 39
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 50
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#27. Red Lake County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.8% (265 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 3
--- Korean War: 47
--- Vietnam War: 79
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 56
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 28
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#26. Kittson County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.8% (295 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 11
--- Korean War: 19
--- Vietnam War: 123
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 38
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 40
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#25. Grant County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.8% (404 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 10
--- Korean War: 44
--- Vietnam War: 200
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 27
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 26
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#24. Chippewa County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.8% (803 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 22
--- Korean War: 141
--- Vietnam War: 329
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 142
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 71
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#23. Pine County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.8% (2,080 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 24
--- Korean War: 187
--- Vietnam War: 897
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 212
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 225
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#22. Lincoln County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.9% (383 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 24
--- Korean War: 65
--- Vietnam War: 139
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 45
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 44
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#21. Big Stone County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.0% (350 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 8
--- Korean War: 42
--- Vietnam War: 129
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 18
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 30
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#20. Douglas County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.1% (2,691 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 94
--- Korean War: 283
--- Vietnam War: 1,030
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 450
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 342
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#19. Freeborn County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.2% (2,197 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 68
--- Korean War: 251
--- Vietnam War: 842
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 333
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 206
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#18. Carlton County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.3% (2,571 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 70
--- Korean War: 186
--- Vietnam War: 990
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 475
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 416
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#17. Morrison County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.6% (2,409 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 61
--- Korean War: 189
--- Vietnam War: 1,007
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 368
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 404
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#16. Goodhue County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.6% (3,461 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 107
--- Korean War: 429
--- Vietnam War: 1,330
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 466
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 479
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#15. Faribault County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.6% (1,027 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 52
--- Korean War: 123
--- Vietnam War: 414
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 111
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 81
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#14. Pope County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.8% (860 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 23
--- Korean War: 131
--- Vietnam War: 357
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 75
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 87
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#13. Jackson County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.9% (765 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 39
--- Korean War: 59
--- Vietnam War: 286
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 107
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 105
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#12. Mille Lacs County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.9% (1,962 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 15
--- Korean War: 172
--- Vietnam War: 883
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 301
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 325
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#11. Traverse County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.9% (261 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 5
--- Korean War: 55
--- Vietnam War: 105
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 11
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 8
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#10. Koochiching County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 10.0% (1,008 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 141
--- Korean War: 114
--- Vietnam War: 372
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 92
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 87
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#9. Crow Wing County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 10.0% (5,059 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 164
--- Korean War: 497
--- Vietnam War: 1,978
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 606
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 794
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#8. Martin County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 10.0% (1,540 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 68
--- Korean War: 270
--- Vietnam War: 755
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 222
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 216
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#7. Kanabec County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 10.0% (1,277 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 47
--- Korean War: 111
--- Vietnam War: 577
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 164
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 114
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#6. Clearwater County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 10.4% (696 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 41
--- Korean War: 59
--- Vietnam War: 281
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 103
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 80
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#5. Itasca County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 10.5% (3,741 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 185
--- Korean War: 318
--- Vietnam War: 1,725
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 423
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 270
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#4. Becker County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 10.5% (2,725 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 51
--- Korean War: 193
--- Vietnam War: 1,440
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 270
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 284
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#3. Cass County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 11.3% (2,635 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 56
--- Korean War: 241
--- Vietnam War: 1,358
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 264
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 245
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#2. Hubbard County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 11.6% (1,953 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 116
--- Korean War: 207
--- Vietnam War: 899
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 189
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 152
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#1. Aitkin County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 12.0% (1,585 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 63
--- Korean War: 177
--- Vietnam War: 767
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 160
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 133

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