American Veterans By the Numbers

Find out how many veterans live in the United States, where they served, their race, ethnicity, and more.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
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Veterans

19.3 million

The number of military veterans in the United States in 2014.

1.6 million

The number of female veterans in the United States in 2014

11.4%

The percent of veterans in 2014 who were black. Additionally, 78.9 percent were non-Hispanic white; 1.5 percent were Asian; 0.7 percent were American Indian or Alaska Native; 0.2 percent were Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander; and 1.2 percent were some other race. (The numbers for blacks, non-Hispanic whites, Asians, American Indians and Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders, and some other race cover only those reporting a single race.)

6.1%

The percent of veterans in 2014 who were Hispanic.

9.4 million

The number of veterans age 65 and older in 2014. At the other end of the age spectrum, 1.7 million were younger than 35.

When They Served

7.0 million

The number of Vietnam War veterans in 2014. Moreover, there were 5.5 million who served during the Gulf War era (representing service from August 1990 to present); 1.1 million who served in World War II; 2.0 million who served in the Korean War; and 4.4 million who served in peacetime only.

62,544

The number of living veterans in 2014 who served during the Vietnam War and both periods of the Gulf War (August 1990 to August 2001 and September 2001 or later).

Other living veterans in 2014 who served during three wartime periods:

  • 36,396 served during World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.

Number of living veterans in 2014 who served during two wartime periods:

  • 1,059,546 served during the first part of the Gulf War (August 1990 to August 2001) and the second part (September 2001 or later).
  • 284,985 served during the Gulf War (August 1990 to August 2001) and the Vietnam War.
  • 161,768 served during the Korean War and the Vietnam War.
  • 83,558 served during World War II and the Korean War.

Where They Live

3

The number of states with 1 million or more veterans in 2014. These states were California (1.7 million), Texas (1.5 million) and Florida (1.5 million).

Education

27.2%

The percent of veterans 25 years and older with a bachelor?s degree or higher in 2014. In comparison, 30.3 percent of nonveterans had a bachelor?s degree or higher.

Income

$37,307

The annual median income of male veterans in 2014, compared with $32,433 for male nonveterans.;

$31,810

The annual median income of female veterans in 2014, compared with $21,804 for female nonveterans.

On the Job

7.4 million

The number of veterans 18 to 64 years old in the labor force in 2014, of those 7.0 million were employed

Service-Connected Disabilities

3.8 million

The number of veterans with a service-connected disability rating in 2014. Of this number, 1.1 million had a rating of 70 percent or higher. A ?service-connected? disability is one that was a result of a disease or injury incurred or aggravated during active military service. Severity of one?s disability is scaled from 0 to 100 percent, and eligibility for compensation depends on one?s rating.

Voting

14.7 million

The number of veterans who voted in the 2012 presidential election. Seventy percent of veterans cast a ballot in that election, compared with 60.9 percent of nonveterans. These rates reflect the citizen population.

11.5 million

The number of veterans who voted in the 2014 congressional election. Fifty-four percent of veterans cast a ballot in that election, compared with 41 percent of nonveterans. These rates reflect the citizen population.

Business Owners

9.2%

The percentage of all U.S. nonfarm firms that are majority owned by veterans. Veteran-owned firms comprised an estimated 2.5 million of the 27.6 million nonfarm businesses nationwide in 2012. (Please note that the preliminary 2012 Survey of Business Owners data was used. The full data set will be released in December 2015.)

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