Counties with the most veterans in Washington

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July 4, 2022
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Counties with the most veterans in Washington

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 Washington 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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#39. Adams County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 4.5% (568 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 10
--- Korean War: 73
--- Vietnam War: 210
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 103
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 92
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#38. Whitman County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 4.6% (1,917 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 38
--- Korean War: 138
--- Vietnam War: 606
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 417
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 607
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#37. King County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 5.4% (95,173 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 3,249
--- Korean War: 7,529
--- Vietnam War: 32,200
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 19,124
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 19,611
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#36. Yakima County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 6.1% (10,796 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 569
--- Korean War: 759
--- Vietnam War: 4,293
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 1,936
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 1,420
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#35. Franklin County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 6.7% (4,205 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 75
--- Korean War: 215
--- Vietnam War: 1,254
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 853
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 1,203
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#34. Whatcom County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.4% (13,386 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 318
--- Korean War: 656
--- Vietnam War: 5,569
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 2,866
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 2,520
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#33. Kittitas County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.7% (3,024 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 77
--- Korean War: 276
--- Vietnam War: 1,149
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 557
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 566
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#32. Chelan County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.9% (4,592 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 153
--- Korean War: 492
--- Vietnam War: 2,111
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 417
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 722
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#31. Snohomish County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.2% (51,295 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 1,126
--- Korean War: 2,469
--- Vietnam War: 17,212
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 12,286
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 12,104
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#30. Douglas County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.2% (2,592 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 31
--- Korean War: 280
--- Vietnam War: 1,012
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 487
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 432
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#29. Grant County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.6% (5,852 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 188
--- Korean War: 378
--- Vietnam War: 2,234
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 1,095
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 1,069
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#28. Benton County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.8% (12,944 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 308
--- Korean War: 744
--- Vietnam War: 4,647
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 2,933
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 2,963
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#27. Clark County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.9% (32,577 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 777
--- Korean War: 1,877
--- Vietnam War: 10,795
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 8,308
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 6,157
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#26. Walla Walla County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.1% (4,369 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 201
--- Korean War: 443
--- Vietnam War: 1,522
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 810
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 758
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#25. San Juan County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.2% (1,350 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 44
--- Korean War: 135
--- Vietnam War: 716
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 149
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 92
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#24. Okanogan County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 10.0% (3,239 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 64
--- Korean War: 395
--- Vietnam War: 1,500
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 515
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 280
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#23. Asotin County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 10.7% (1,919 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 30
--- Korean War: 130
--- Vietnam War: 746
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 425
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 286
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#22. Columbia County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 10.7% (358 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 9
--- Korean War: 13
--- Vietnam War: 173
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 74
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 30
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#21. Spokane County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 10.8% (42,930 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 812
--- Korean War: 2,286
--- Vietnam War: 15,837
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 11,054
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 9,125
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#20. Skagit County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 10.9% (10,744 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 261
--- Korean War: 912
--- Vietnam War: 4,067
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 2,049
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 2,210
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#19. Skamania County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 11.3% (1,090 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 2
--- Korean War: 83
--- Vietnam War: 497
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 184
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 134
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#18. Cowlitz County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 11.3% (9,468 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 340
--- Korean War: 660
--- Vietnam War: 3,734
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 1,630
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 1,324
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#17. Lewis County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 11.4% (7,115 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 282
--- Korean War: 423
--- Vietnam War: 3,131
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 1,113
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 853
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#16. Stevens County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 11.6% (4,111 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 53
--- Korean War: 330
--- Vietnam War: 1,910
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 864
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 596
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#15. Grays Harbor County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 11.7% (6,867 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 146
--- Korean War: 500
--- Vietnam War: 3,232
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 969
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 965
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#14. Lincoln County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 12.5% (1,054 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 20
--- Korean War: 137
--- Vietnam War: 401
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 165
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 137
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#13. Ferry County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 12.6% (806 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 34
--- Korean War: 54
--- Vietnam War: 383
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 80
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 50
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#12. Pierce County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 12.6% (83,838 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 1,158
--- Korean War: 3,853
--- Vietnam War: 25,962
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 23,968
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 28,569
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#11. Pend Oreille County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 12.9% (1,425 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 16
--- Korean War: 67
--- Vietnam War: 786
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 259
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 150
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#10. Thurston County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 13.1% (28,586 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 565
--- Korean War: 1,287
--- Vietnam War: 9,174
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 9,217
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 9,063
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#9. Pacific County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 13.6% (2,529 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 109
--- Korean War: 192
--- Vietnam War: 1,309
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 253
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 319
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#8. Klickitat County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 13.7% (2,434 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 16
--- Korean War: 118
--- Vietnam War: 1,160
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 395
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 406
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#7. Clallam County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 14.0% (8,820 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 303
--- Korean War: 865
--- Vietnam War: 4,043
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 1,379
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 1,343
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#6. Jefferson County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 14.0% (3,896 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 157
--- Korean War: 365
--- Vietnam War: 2,071
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 638
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 472
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#5. Garfield County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 14.5% (261 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 3
--- Korean War: 27
--- Vietnam War: 130
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 47
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 22
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#4. Mason County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 14.8% (7,781 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 67
--- Korean War: 331
--- Vietnam War: 3,120
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 1,684
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 1,437
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#3. Wahkiakum County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 15.2% (542 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 14
--- Korean War: 4
--- Vietnam War: 275
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 94
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 47
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#2. Kitsap County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 16.3% (32,540 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 610
--- Korean War: 1,256
--- Vietnam War: 10,605
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 11,820
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 10,796
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#1. Island County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 17.6% (10,919 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 129
--- Korean War: 501
--- Vietnam War: 3,912
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 2,969
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 3,773

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