Where Cincinnati Ranks as Best Places for Veterans to Live, According to WalleyHub Survey

Cincinnati ranks in the top half of list, scoring highest when it comes to quality of life for vets.

click to enlarge Cincinnati ranks No. 45 in best cities for veterans to live, according to a new WalletHub survey. - Photo: sydney Rae/Unsplash
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Cincinnati ranks No. 45 in best cities for veterans to live, according to a new WalletHub survey.

When it comes to best places for veterans to live, Cincinnati ranks in the top half of America's largest cities, according to a new survey from WalletHub.

In a list of the United States' 100 largest cities, Cincinnati came in at No. 45. Columbus came in at the top third of the list at No. 28, and Cleveland actually ranks as one of the lowest at No. 90.

In Kentucky, Lexington and Fayette County ranked a tad higher than Cincinnati at No. 40, and Louisville ranked 69th.

The survey measured four main factors: Employment, Economy, Quality of Life and Health. Researchers used 20 metrics throughout those factors to award points to cities. Each factor came with 25 points for a total of 100.

Out of the 100 points, Cincinnati scored 55.7; Columbus was awarded 58.81 points, and Cleveland scored 46.02.  Columbus also tied for first place with Lincoln, Nebraska; Irving, Texas; Oklahoma City and Chesapeake, Virginia, for cities with the lowest unemployment rates among veterans.

Cincinnati ranked 32nd when it came to quality of life for vets. Those metrics included our population of vets as well as projected population growth of vets, family- and retiree-friendliness and restaurants and arts and entertainment establishments that offer military discounts.

We also ranked 48th in employment and health but 76th in economy, which looked at metrics like housing affordability, the number of veterans experiencing homelessness and median veteran income.

Ranking as the top city for veterans to live is Raleigh, North Carolina. They scored high when it came to employment and economy.

The worst? Detroit. They ranked 100th when it came to employment and 99th in quality of life.

In honor of Veterans Day Friday, Nov. 11, a number of places around Cincinnati are offering discounts and free deals for service members.


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