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Pittsburgh, PA is one of the best cities for Veterans | Pennsylvania

This past Veterans Day saw all the usual gestures of appreciation from the public, legislators and companies offering freebies to current and former members of the uniformed armed forces. However, there are far more extensive and enduring publicly funded services available to the veterans who have served their country.

All veterans are entitled to certain benefits, but there are state-specific, even city-specific benefits that veterans may be entitled to. Some cities may not offer special benefits, but they do have a large community of veterinarians, more jobs that may suit veterans, or they offer more healthcare services.

According to an index of 38 metrics compiled by data blog Lawnstarter, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania ranks 12th among the 200 largest US cities for veterans. Pittsburgh’s highest ranking category in the Index is Education and Training, which includes the concentration of VA-approved schools and on-the-job training opportunities.

About 14,440 veterans live in Pittsburgh, or 5.6% of the city’s total population, according to five-year estimates from the US Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.

For a full explanation of the index, categories, and methodology used in this ranking, see the Lawnstarter 2023’s Best Cities for Veterans report.

rank city total index value Best index category veteran population Veterans as a share of all pop. (%)
1 Providence, R.I 46.2 Medical and mental health care 3,415 2.4
2 Salt Lake City, Utah 41.7 Mental Health Care & Employment and Volunteerism 7,065 4.4
3 Miami, Fla 38.2 Mental Health Care 7,509 2.0
4 St.Louis, MO 35.4 education and training 15,797 6.4
5 Syracuse, New York 35.4 Medical health care 5.212 4.6
6 DesMoines, IA 34.7 education and training 9,633 5.9
7 Tampa, FL 34.4 Employment and Volunteering 21,233 6.9
8th Atlanta, GA 34.1 Employment and Volunteering 18,350 4.5
9 Dayton, OH 33.6 Mental Health Care 9,021 8.1
10 Washington, D.C 33.6 Support 25,514 4.5
11 Madison, WI 32.9 Mental Health Care 9,345 4.3
12 Pittsburgh, Pa 32.8 education and training 14,440 5.6
13 San Antonio, Texas 32.5 community 97,318 8.5
14 Minneapolis, Minnesota 32.2 Employment and Volunteering 12,718 3.7
fifteen Grand Rapids, MI 31.9 education and training 7.176 4.6
16 Boston, MA 31.7 Employment and Volunteering & Safety 15.124 2.6
17 Jackson, MS 31.5 Mental Health Care 6,609 5.4
18 Sioux Falls, SD 31.4 Mental Health Care 8,914 6.6
19 McAllen, TX 31.1 Medical health care 3,385 3.4
20 Cincinnati, OH 31.1 Mental Health Care 13,030 5.5
21 Seattle, WA 31.1 security 26.211 4.1
22 Charleston, SC 8/30 Mental Health Care 9.105 8.0
23 Buffalo, New York 30.1 security 11,092 5.6
24 Murfreesboro, Tennessee 30.0 affordability 6,805 6.3

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