Counties with the most veterans in Washington

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November 11, 2021
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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. 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 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’ 2019 5-year estimate. 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: 3.3% (424 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 12
--- Korean War: 45
--- Vietnam era: 198
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 92
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 77

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#38. Whitman County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 4.4% (1,842 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 47
--- Korean War: 174
--- Vietnam era: 671
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 373
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 577

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#37. King County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 4.9% (85,685 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 4,177
--- Korean War: 7,647
--- Vietnam era: 35,175
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 19,749
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 18,937

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#36. Yakima County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 5.2% (9,143 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 604
--- Korean War: 1,045
--- Vietnam era: 4,444
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 1,755
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 1,295

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#35. Franklin County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 5.4% (3,342 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 52
--- Korean War: 302
--- Vietnam era: 1,203
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 933
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 852

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#34. Douglas County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 6.7% (2,092 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 20
--- Korean War: 332
--- Vietnam era: 1,017
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 440
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 283

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#33. Grant County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 6.8% (4,534 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 149
--- Korean War: 380
--- Vietnam era: 1,908
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 1,233
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 864

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#32. Chelan County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.0% (4,054 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 192
--- Korean War: 387
--- Vietnam era: 2,092
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 589
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 794

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#31. Snohomish County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.3% (44,864 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 1,209
--- Korean War: 2,887
--- Vietnam era: 17,749
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 12,020
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 10,999

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#30. Whatcom County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.4% (13,181 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 413
--- Korean War: 850
--- Vietnam era: 6,125
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 3,204
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 2,589

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#29. Benton County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.6% (11,036 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 407
--- Korean War: 607
--- Vietnam era: 4,798
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 2,923
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 2,301

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#28. Kittitas County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.6% (2,896 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 75
--- Korean War: 346
--- Vietnam era: 1,235
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 589
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 651

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#27. Clark County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 7.8% (28,018 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 944
--- Korean War: 2,021
--- Vietnam era: 11,273
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 7,866
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 5,914

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#26. Okanogan County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.3% (2,656 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 50
--- Korean War: 262
--- Vietnam era: 1,463
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 511
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 370

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#25. San Juan County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.4% (1,219 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 58
--- Korean War: 138
--- Vietnam era: 765
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 185
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 73

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#24. Walla Walla County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 8.5% (4,038 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 248
--- Korean War: 352
--- Vietnam era: 1,649
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 857
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 932

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#23. Columbia County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.2% (294 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 17
--- Korean War: 16
--- Vietnam era: 154
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 82
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 25

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#22. Cowlitz County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.6% (7,885 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 374
--- Korean War: 798
--- Vietnam era: 3,886
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 1,447
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 1,380

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#21. Asotin County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.6% (1,715 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 53
--- Korean War: 132
--- Vietnam era: 882
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 339
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 309

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#20. Grays Harbor County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 10.1% (5,805 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 169
--- Korean War: 629
--- Vietnam era: 3,066
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 1,041
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 900

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#19. Skagit County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 10.1% (9,805 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 350
--- Korean War: 968
--- Vietnam era: 4,238
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 2,138
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 2,111

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#18. Lewis County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 10.1% (6,186 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 260
--- Korean War: 463
--- Vietnam era: 3,448
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 1,251
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 764

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#17. Skamania County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 10.2% (966 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 9
--- Korean War: 96
--- Vietnam era: 486
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 221
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 154

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#16. Spokane County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 10.3% (40,192 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 1,086
--- Korean War: 2,798
--- Vietnam era: 15,949
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 11,031
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 9,328

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#15. Lincoln County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 10.9% (910 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 23
--- Korean War: 146
--- Vietnam era: 449
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 144
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 148

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#14. Ferry County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 11.4% (720 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 35
--- Korean War: 70
--- Vietnam era: 413
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 107
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 95

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#13. Klickitat County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 11.4% (1,999 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 27
--- Korean War: 137
--- Vietnam era: 1,110
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 343
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 382

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#12. Pend Oreille County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 11.5% (1,239 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 37
--- Korean War: 80
--- Vietnam era: 775
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 248
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 99

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#11. Stevens County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 11.8% (4,137 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 142
--- Korean War: 309
--- Vietnam era: 2,073
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 906
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 707

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#10. Wahkiakum County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 12.0% (427 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 9
--- Korean War: 27
--- Vietnam era: 228
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 104
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 59

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#9. Garfield County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 12.0% (203 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 4
--- Korean War: 35
--- Vietnam era: 108
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 33
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 23

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#8. Mason County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 12.0% (6,142 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 120
--- Korean War: 380
--- Vietnam era: 3,158
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 1,320
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 1,164

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#7. Pacific County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 12.0% (2,176 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 107
--- Korean War: 239
--- Vietnam era: 1,332
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 248
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 250

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#6. Clallam County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 12.5% (7,754 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 373
--- Korean War: 977
--- Vietnam era: 4,080
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 1,260
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 1,064

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#5. Jefferson County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 12.9% (3,511 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 206
--- Korean War: 320
--- Vietnam era: 2,168
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 536
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 281

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#4. Pierce County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 13.2% (86,312 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 1,613
--- Korean War: 4,471
--- Vietnam era: 26,734
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 24,960
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 28,534

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#3. Thurston County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 13.7% (29,466 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 710
--- Korean War: 1,388
--- Vietnam era: 9,547
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 9,022
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 8,799

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#2. Kitsap County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 17.8% (35,098 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 693
--- Korean War: 1,433
--- Vietnam era: 11,454
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 11,366
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 10,152

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#1. Island County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 20.7% (12,791 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 207
--- Korean War: 612
--- Vietnam era: 4,296
--- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001): 3,534
--- Gulf War (9/2001 or later): 4,142

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