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


Olivia Allen-Price

Olivia Allen-Price is an interactive and engagement producer at KQED News and is editor of the Bay Curious series. Prior to joining KQED in 2013, Olivia worked at The Baltimore Sun and The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Va. She holds degrees in journalism and political science from Elon University, and has won awards from organizations like the Society of Professional Journalists, Society of Features Journalists and MDDC and Virginia Press Associations. She loves to talk about running, curly hair and the Baltimore Orioles.

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