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
By the Numbers: Facts About Bay Area Veterans 12 November,2013Olivia Allen-Price



Olivia Allen-Price

Olivia Allen-Price is producer and host 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. She loves to talk about running, ice cream and curly hair.

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