Veteran’s Day is always an important time for reflection, and to thank the millions of men and women who have served or are currently.

I found myself poking around census data this morning, curious to find out more about the veteran population in the Bay Area. Where do they live? When did they serve?

A few interesting findings:

  •  6.5 percent of the California population has veteran status, compared with 8.9 percent of the U.S. population.
  • In the Bay Area, Solano County has the highest percentage of veterans. They also have the largest percentage of female veterans. Compared to other counties, a high number who served in the Gulf War have settled in Solano County.
  • Santa Clara County has the largest total number of veterans.
  • Bay Area veterans are most likely to have served in the Vietnam War.

Where do Bay Area vets live? (Data and graphics from CensusReporter.com. Compiled by Olivia Hubert-Allen)
Where do Bay Area vets live? (Data and graphics from CensusReporter.com.)

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Olivia Allen-Price

Olivia Allen-Price is an interactive and engagement producer at KQED News. She has previously worked at The Baltimore Sun and The Virginian-Pilot. Talk to her about running, curly hair and playing the ukulele. Reach her @oallenprice or by email at ohubertallen@kqed.org.

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