(The Center Square) – Washington state is ranked the fifth worst state in the nation for military retirees, according to a WalletHub report.
The personal finance website examined all 50 states and the District of Columbia across 29 key metrics, including veterans per capita, Veterans Administration (VA) health facility count, and opportunity jobs for veterans.
“Washington is the fifth worst state for military retirees,” WalletHub analyst Jill Gonzalez said via email. “Some of the things that had a direct bearing on the rankings were the lack of job opportunities for veterans and the lack of housing affordability.”
Washington ranked no. 50 in job opportunities for veterans, 34th in veteran-owned businesses, and 42nd in housing affordability.
She went on to note that “Washington also has one of the lowest proportions of veterans not receiving SNAP, as well as a large proportion of homeless veterans.”
The Federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program provides food assistance to low-income and no-income people.
WalletHub ranked Washington 46th in percentage of homeless veterans.
“The state also ranks particularly low in health care,” Gonzalez added. “This is due to the small number of VA health care facilities per number of veterans, as well as the small number of federal, state, local, and private hospitals and physicians per capita, and the poor quality of VA hospitals. .”
Evergreen State ranked No. 47 in number of VA healthcare facilities per number of veterans.
Oregon, Washington’s neighbor to the south, did even worse, ranking at No. 48. Idaho, Washington’s eastern neighbor, came in near the middle of the pack at No. 24.
Washington’s low ranking on WalletHub’s list is something that might come as a surprise, given that the state has the sixth-largest active-duty military presence in the country, with more than 69,000 military personnel and 90,000 personnel. dependents and 19,000 reservists, according to the Washington State Department of Commerce.
The state is home to several military installations, including Joint Base Lewis McChord, Naval Base Kitsap, Naval Air Station Whidbey, Naval Air Station Everett, Fairchild Air Force Base, and the National Guard at Camp Murray.
Top 10 states for military retirees:
7. South Carolina
9. South Dakota
The 10 Worst States and State Designations for Military Retirees:
49. District of Columbia
46. New Mexico
43. Rhode Island