BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Ahead of Veteran’s Day, a study was done by WalletHub on the best and worst places for veterans to live in the United States.
The report compared the 100 largest U.S. cities on factors including livability, affordability and veteran-friendliness.
Baton Rouge checked in as the 94th overall among the 100 U.S. cities looked at in the study, placing the capital city as the seventh worst place to live for veterans. Baton Rouge had a total score of 42.73 out of 100.
Some of the factors that were included to find the total score were employment, economy, quality of life and health. Baton Rouge compiled a score of 98 for employment, 83 for economy, 66 for quality of life and 53 for health.
Baton Rouge also ranked 60th in veteran population, 28th in housing affordability, 70th in median veteran income (adjusted for cost of living), 86th in percentage of veterans in poverty and 98th in veteran unemployment rate, according to the study from WalletHub. The unemployment rate was among the highest of the 100 U.S. cities that were analyzed.
According to the study, here are the top 10 best U.S. cities for veterans to live in:
- Raleigh, NC (Total score: 68.91)
- Austin, TX (Total score: 68.58)
- Orlando, FL (Total score: 67.25)
- Tampa, FL (Total score: 67.11)
- Virginia Beach, VA (Total score: 66.66)
- Scottsdale, AZ (Total score: 66.29)
- Colorado Springs, CO (Total score: 66.09)
- Gilbert, AZ (Total score: 65.70)
- Laredo, TX (Total score: 65.15)
- Jacksonville, FL (Total score: 64.70)