Counties with the most veterans in New York

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July 1, 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. 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 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’ 2019 5-year estimate. Keep reading to see where the most veterans live in your home state.

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#50. Monroe County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 4.7% (27,529 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 2,282
--- Korean War: 3,472
--- Vietnam era: 11,952
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 4,904
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 4,919
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#49. Albany County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 4.9% (12,137 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 801
--- Korean War: 1,454
--- Vietnam era: 5,328
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 2,309
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 2,245
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#48. Ulster County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 4.9% (7,174 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 653
--- Korean War: 1,097
--- Vietnam era: 3,109
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 1,392
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 923
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#47. Sullivan County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 5.4% (3,180 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 140
--- Korean War: 336
--- Vietnam era: 1,638
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 458
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 608
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#46. Onondaga County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 5.5% (20,065 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 1,401
--- Korean War: 2,479
--- Vietnam era: 8,438
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 4,140
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 3,607

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#45. Livingston County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 5.6% (2,931 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 93
--- Korean War: 366
--- Vietnam era: 1,372
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 655
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 445
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#44. Montgomery County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 5.7% (2,167 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 106
--- Korean War: 339
--- Vietnam era: 976
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 484
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 262
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#43. Orange County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 5.7% (15,987 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 659
--- Korean War: 1,416
--- Vietnam era: 5,861
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 3,788
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 4,263
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#42. Broome County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 5.7% (8,919 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 519
--- Korean War: 1,251
--- Vietnam era: 4,358
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 1,551
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 1,240
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#41. Erie County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 5.8% (42,575 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 2,700
--- Korean War: 5,541
--- Vietnam era: 20,042
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 7,384
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 6,908

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#40. Rensselaer County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 5.8% (7,452 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 323
--- Korean War: 854
--- Vietnam era: 3,678
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 1,308
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 1,289
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#39. Schenectady County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 6.0% (7,244 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 570
--- Korean War: 822
--- Vietnam era: 2,766
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 1,663
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 1,423
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#38. Cortland County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 6.0% (2,332 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 109
--- Korean War: 211
--- Vietnam era: 991
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 546
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 475
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#37. Wyoming County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 6.1% (1,957 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 58
--- Korean War: 199
--- Vietnam era: 1,093
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 316
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 291
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#36. Columbia County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 6.1% (3,041 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 229
--- Korean War: 348
--- Vietnam era: 1,512
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 580
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 372

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#35. Yates County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 6.1% (1,191 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 29
--- Korean War: 154
--- Vietnam era: 696
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 151
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 161
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#34. Otsego County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 6.1% (3,084 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 112
--- Korean War: 355
--- Vietnam era: 1,719
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 426
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 472
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#33. Chautauqua County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 6.1% (6,273 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 297
--- Korean War: 745
--- Vietnam era: 3,268
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 1,057
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 906
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#32. Fulton County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 6.1% (2,624 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 119
--- Korean War: 282
--- Vietnam era: 1,173
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 490
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 560
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#31. Essex County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 6.2% (1,932 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 101
--- Korean War: 114
--- Vietnam era: 1,022
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 445
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 250

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#30. Madison County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 6.3% (3,605 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 242
--- Korean War: 306
--- Vietnam era: 1,485
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 774
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 798
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#29. Genesee County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 6.5% (2,976 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 229
--- Korean War: 256
--- Vietnam era: 1,398
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 558
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 535
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#28. Franklin County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 6.6% (2,651 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 103
--- Korean War: 260
--- Vietnam era: 1,340
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 500
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 448
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#27. Ontario County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 6.6% (5,783 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 395
--- Korean War: 729
--- Vietnam era: 2,751
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 1,059
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 849
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#26. Greene County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 6.7% (2,631 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 138
--- Korean War: 392
--- Vietnam era: 1,327
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 489
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 285

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#25. Washington County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 6.7% (3,324 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 146
--- Korean War: 290
--- Vietnam era: 1,595
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 752
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 541
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#24. Seneca County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 6.7% (1,837 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 99
--- Korean War: 186
--- Vietnam era: 887
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 299
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 366
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#23. Chemung County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 6.8% (4,532 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 364
--- Korean War: 505
--- Vietnam era: 1,975
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 882
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 806
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#22. Wayne County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 6.8% (4,844 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 206
--- Korean War: 431
--- Vietnam era: 2,514
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 796
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 897
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#21. Lewis County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 6.8% (1,390 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 83
--- Korean War: 155
--- Vietnam era: 538
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 344
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 270

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#20. Delaware County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 6.8% (2,554 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 146
--- Korean War: 334
--- Vietnam era: 1,494
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 324
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 256
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#19. Niagara County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 6.9% (11,573 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 446
--- Korean War: 1,344
--- Vietnam era: 5,717
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 1,992
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 2,074
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#18. Cayuga County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.0% (4,327 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 163
--- Korean War: 523
--- Vietnam era: 2,152
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 781
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 708
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#17. Oneida County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.0% (12,629 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 828
--- Korean War: 1,450
--- Vietnam era: 5,257
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 2,563
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 2,531
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#16. Schoharie County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.0% (1,797 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 76
--- Korean War: 225
--- Vietnam era: 808
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 317
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 371

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#15. Orleans County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.1% (2,342 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 102
--- Korean War: 187
--- Vietnam era: 1,097
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 416
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 540
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#14. St. Lawrence County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.2% (6,226 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 393
--- Korean War: 558
--- Vietnam era: 2,709
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 1,363
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 1,203
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#13. Herkimer County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.3% (3,562 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 163
--- Korean War: 534
--- Vietnam era: 1,556
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 582
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 727
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#12. Tioga County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.3% (2,807 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 182
--- Korean War: 329
--- Vietnam era: 1,284
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 570
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 442
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#11. Saratoga County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.4% (13,271 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 710
--- Korean War: 1,316
--- Vietnam era: 5,698
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 2,949
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 2,598

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#10. Allegany County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.4% (2,751 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 103
--- Korean War: 325
--- Vietnam era: 1,388
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 561
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 374
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#9. Chenango County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.6% (2,881 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 92
--- Korean War: 289
--- Vietnam era: 1,591
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 545
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 364
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#8. Clinton County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.7% (5,087 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 206
--- Korean War: 585
--- Vietnam era: 2,158
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 1,177
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 961
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#7. Cattaraugus County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.8% (4,674 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 159
--- Korean War: 462
--- Vietnam era: 2,306
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 977
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 770
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#6. Oswego County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.8% (7,272 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 222
--- Korean War: 669
--- Vietnam era: 3,169
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 1,524
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 1,688

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#5. Warren County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.9% (4,148 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 247
--- Korean War: 501
--- Vietnam era: 1,920
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 821
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 659
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#4. Steuben County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.2% (6,164 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 165
--- Korean War: 626
--- Vietnam era: 2,861
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 1,328
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 1,184
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#3. Schuyler County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.5% (1,228 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 51
--- Korean War: 118
--- Vietnam era: 578
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 313
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 168
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#2. Hamilton County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 10.1% (394 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 18
--- Korean War: 95
--- Vietnam era: 172
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 100
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 9
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#1. Jefferson County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 12.6% (9,487 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 159
--- Korean War: 574
--- Vietnam era: 2,115
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 2,551
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 4,088

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