Counties with the most veterans in New Mexico

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November 11, 2021
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Counties with the most veterans in New Mexico

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 New Mexico 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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#33. Lea County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 3.8% (1,887 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 75
--- Korean War: 116
--- Vietnam era: 917
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 359
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 420

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#32. McKinley County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 4.8% (2,472 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 45
--- Korean War: 168
--- Vietnam era: 1,033
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 642
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 584

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#31. Guadalupe County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 5.5% (192 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 5
--- Korean War: 18
--- Vietnam era: 82
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 7
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 80

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#30. Rio Arriba County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 5.7% (1,706 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 57
--- Korean War: 298
--- Vietnam era: 921
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 343
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 87

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#29. Quay County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 5.8% (373 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 51
--- Korean War: 26
--- Vietnam era: 230
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 34
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 32

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#28. San Juan County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 6.4% (5,879 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 198
--- Korean War: 536
--- Vietnam era: 2,579
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 1,309
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 1,257

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#27. Santa Fe County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 6.4% (7,791 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 454
--- Korean War: 731
--- Vietnam era: 3,895
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 1,626
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 1,085

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#26. Cibola County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 6.5% (1,333 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 84
--- Korean War: 149
--- Vietnam era: 602
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 335
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 163

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#25. Socorro County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 6.6% (865 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 142
--- Korean War: 59
--- Vietnam era: 510
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 110
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 44

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#24. Chaves County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 6.8% (3,230 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 224
--- Korean War: 370
--- Vietnam era: 1,498
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 621
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 517

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#23. Luna County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.0% (1,244 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 31
--- Korean War: 146
--- Vietnam era: 753
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 195
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 119

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#22. Eddy County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.3% (3,102 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 177
--- Korean War: 319
--- Vietnam era: 1,161
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 870
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 575

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#21. Union County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.6% (249 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 15
--- Korean War: 53
--- Vietnam era: 77
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 80
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 24

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#20. Taos County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.6% (2,033 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 88
--- Korean War: 144
--- Vietnam era: 1,221
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 363
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 217

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#19. Roosevelt County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.6% (1,065 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 16
--- Korean War: 64
--- Vietnam era: 278
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 252
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 455

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#18. San Miguel County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.8% (1,756 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 40
--- Korean War: 184
--- Vietnam era: 1,006
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 264
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 262

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#17. Harding County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.2% (31 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 0
--- Korean War: 5
--- Vietnam era: 9
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 8
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 9

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#16. Dona Ana County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.4% (13,547 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 359
--- Korean War: 1,180
--- Vietnam era: 5,058
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 3,124
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 3,826

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#15. Bernalillo County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.5% (44,881 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 1,408
--- Korean War: 4,040
--- Vietnam era: 18,463
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 11,409
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 9,561

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#14. Colfax County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.6% (851 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 14
--- Korean War: 74
--- Vietnam era: 476
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 178
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 109

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#13. Hidalgo County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.8% (289 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 8
--- Korean War: 7
--- Vietnam era: 138
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 62
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 74

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#12. Los Alamos County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.8% (1,266 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 42
--- Korean War: 46
--- Vietnam era: 449
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 386
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 343

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#11. Sandoval County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.1% (9,922 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 209
--- Korean War: 611
--- Vietnam era: 4,593
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 2,624
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 1,885

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#10. Grant County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.2% (2,041 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 125
--- Korean War: 192
--- Vietnam era: 1,260
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 262
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 202

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#9. Valencia County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.8% (5,656 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 162
--- Korean War: 530
--- Vietnam era: 2,670
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 1,275
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 1,019

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#8. Torrance County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 10.0% (1,224 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 43
--- Korean War: 106
--- Vietnam era: 822
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 158
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 95

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#7. Mora County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 10.1% (407 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 6
--- Korean War: 38
--- Vietnam era: 206
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 107
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 50

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#6. Lincoln County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 11.2% (1,775 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 130
--- Korean War: 85
--- Vietnam era: 802
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 442
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 316

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#5. Sierra County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 12.1% (1,127 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 76
--- Korean War: 118
--- Vietnam era: 746
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 163
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 24

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#4. Curry County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 13.9% (4,738 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 90
--- Korean War: 127
--- Vietnam era: 1,105
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 1,421
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 1,995

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#3. Otero County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 15.8% (7,550 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 146
--- Korean War: 488
--- Vietnam era: 2,589
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 2,000
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 2,327

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#2. De Baca County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 15.8% (212 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 26
--- Korean War: 0
--- Vietnam era: 67
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 90
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 29

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#1. Catron County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 17.4% (521 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 0
--- Korean War: 59
--- Vietnam era: 251
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 33
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 178

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