Counties with the most veterans in New York

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

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 New York 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. Albany County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 5.6% (14,013 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 672
--- Korean War: 1,231
--- Vietnam War: 5,010
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 2,412
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 2,101
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#49. Monroe County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 5.6% (33,216 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 1,945
--- Korean War: 3,084
--- Vietnam War: 11,659
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 4,827
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 5,263
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#48. Dutchess County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 5.7% (13,510 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 505
--- Korean War: 1,426
--- Vietnam War: 5,041
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 1,716
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 1,880
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#47. Onondaga County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 6.5% (23,676 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 1,052
--- Korean War: 2,278
--- Vietnam War: 8,042
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 3,960
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 3,955
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#46. Orange County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 6.6% (18,544 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 586
--- Korean War: 1,314
--- Vietnam War: 5,819
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 3,776
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 4,296
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#45. Rensselaer County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 6.8% (8,723 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 354
--- Korean War: 720
--- Vietnam War: 3,181
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 1,332
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 1,546
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#44. Erie County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 6.9% (50,200 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 2,521
--- Korean War: 5,132
--- Vietnam War: 18,871
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 7,533
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 6,766
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#43. Broome County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 6.9% (10,740 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 397
--- Korean War: 1,185
--- Vietnam War: 4,045
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 1,540
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 1,486
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#42. Sullivan County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.0% (4,139 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 130
--- Korean War: 275
--- Vietnam War: 1,580
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 511
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 659
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#41. Wyoming County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.0% (2,272 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 46
--- Korean War: 165
--- Vietnam War: 972
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 284
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 258
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#40. Cortland County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.1% (2,734 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 61
--- Korean War: 230
--- Vietnam War: 950
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 551
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 410
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#39. Montgomery County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.2% (2,725 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 58
--- Korean War: 287
--- Vietnam War: 1,091
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 506
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 313
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#38. Schenectady County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.2% (8,753 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 311
--- Korean War: 790
--- Vietnam War: 2,964
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 1,654
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 1,806
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#37. Columbia County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.2% (3,589 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 137
--- Korean War: 365
--- Vietnam War: 1,546
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 519
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 299
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#36. Yates County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.4% (1,437 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 40
--- Korean War: 151
--- Vietnam War: 666
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 156
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 207
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#35. Livingston County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.5% (3,903 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 90
--- Korean War: 394
--- Vietnam War: 1,330
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 725
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 658
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#34. Oneida County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.7% (13,852 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 582
--- Korean War: 1,213
--- Vietnam War: 5,158
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 2,433
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 2,341
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#33. Essex County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.7% (2,412 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 104
--- Korean War: 134
--- Vietnam War: 924
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 385
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 243
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#32. Madison County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.7% (4,428 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 181
--- Korean War: 246
--- Vietnam War: 1,384
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 866
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 672
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#31. Ontario County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.8% (6,806 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 331
--- Korean War: 599
--- Vietnam War: 2,614
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 1,072
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 990
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#30. Schoharie County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.9% (2,023 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 43
--- Korean War: 279
--- Vietnam War: 729
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 285
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 246
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#29. Otsego County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.9% (3,957 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 99
--- Korean War: 384
--- Vietnam War: 1,637
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 432
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 460
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#28. Clinton County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.9% (5,222 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 152
--- Korean War: 463
--- Vietnam War: 2,024
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 1,083
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 883
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#27. Saratoga County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.9% (14,463 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 576
--- Korean War: 1,196
--- Vietnam War: 5,444
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 2,547
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 2,439
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#26. Genesee County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.1% (3,696 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 188
--- Korean War: 242
--- Vietnam War: 1,228
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 609
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 536
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#25. Lewis County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.1% (1,636 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 63
--- Korean War: 145
--- Vietnam War: 575
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 365
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 280
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#24. Fulton County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.1% (3,447 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 83
--- Korean War: 296
--- Vietnam War: 1,162
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 891
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 670
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#23. Delaware County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.2% (3,039 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 114
--- Korean War: 329
--- Vietnam War: 1,420
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 276
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 189
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#22. Chautauqua County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.2% (8,321 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 294
--- Korean War: 664
--- Vietnam War: 3,102
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 1,311
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 1,197
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#21. Greene County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.2% (3,250 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 134
--- Korean War: 293
--- Vietnam War: 1,222
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 533
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 447
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#20. Washington County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.3% (4,121 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 79
--- Korean War: 242
--- Vietnam War: 1,670
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 527
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 562
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#19. Franklin County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.3% (3,387 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 88
--- Korean War: 175
--- Vietnam War: 1,278
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 655
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 532
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#18. Cayuga County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.4% (5,172 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 94
--- Korean War: 505
--- Vietnam War: 1,913
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 816
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 824
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#17. St. Lawrence County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.5% (7,342 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 253
--- Korean War: 558
--- Vietnam War: 2,564
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 1,196
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 1,247
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#16. Niagara County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.5% (14,239 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 577
--- Korean War: 1,352
--- Vietnam War: 5,534
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 2,172
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 2,301
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#15. Warren County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.6% (4,503 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 202
--- Korean War: 433
--- Vietnam War: 1,700
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 760
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 617
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#14. Hamilton County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.7% (336 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 10
--- Korean War: 72
--- Vietnam War: 116
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 58
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 17
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#13. Seneca County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.8% (2,409 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 54
--- Korean War: 253
--- Vietnam War: 833
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 282
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 463
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#12. Wayne County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.8% (6,252 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 129
--- Korean War: 365
--- Vietnam War: 2,454
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 851
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 981
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#11. Orleans County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.9% (2,903 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 90
--- Korean War: 225
--- Vietnam War: 1,187
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 330
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 448
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#10. Herkimer County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.9% (4,342 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 89
--- Korean War: 397
--- Vietnam War: 1,567
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 641
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 667
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#9. Chenango County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.0% (3,375 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 66
--- Korean War: 333
--- Vietnam War: 1,420
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 618
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 437
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#8. Tioga County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.1% (3,475 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 193
--- Korean War: 284
--- Vietnam War: 1,210
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 469
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 445
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#7. Allegany County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.3% (3,449 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 77
--- Korean War: 353
--- Vietnam War: 1,319
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 595
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 428
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#6. Cattaraugus County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.4% (5,586 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 126
--- Korean War: 452
--- Vietnam War: 2,129
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 1,030
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 828
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#5. Schuyler County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.4% (1,354 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 27
--- Korean War: 183
--- Vietnam War: 564
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 267
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 117
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#4. Chemung County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.5% (6,249 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 322
--- Korean War: 386
--- Vietnam War: 2,253
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 1,146
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 911
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#3. Oswego County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.6% (8,876 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 139
--- Korean War: 717
--- Vietnam War: 3,079
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 1,419
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 1,905
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#2. Steuben County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 10.0% (7,522 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 159
--- Korean War: 548
--- Vietnam War: 2,597
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 1,353
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 1,168
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#1. Jefferson County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 13.2% (9,829 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 103
--- Korean War: 467
--- Vietnam War: 2,116
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 2,317
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 4,387

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