Most veterans are 65 or older

There are approximately 18.5 million military veterans living in the U.S. this Veteran’s Day, and 1.6 million of them are women.

According to the U.S. Census, the states that are home to the most veterans are California, with 1.6 million; Texas, with 1.5 million, and Florida, with 1.4 million.

Based on 2016 figures, 78 percent of veterans are white. Almost 12 percent are black. About 6.5 percent are Hispanic. About 1.6 percent are Asian, and less than one percent are American Indian, Alaska natives, Pacific Islanders and native Hawaiians.

Almost half of all veterans are 65 or older; only 1.6 million are younger than 35.

In 2016, there were 6.7 million Vietnam Era veterans, 7.1 million Gulf War vets, 768,000 World War Two vets and 1.6 million who served in the Korean War.

Slightly more than 28 percent of veterans 25 or older held a bachelor’s degree or a higher degree, while 3.15 percent of nonveterans did.

The median income for male veterans was $40,076 last year, $4,711 more than nonveterans. For female veterans, the median income was $34,178, more than $10,733 more than female nonveterans.

Four million veterans have a service-connected disability.

Veterans vote at a slightly higher rate than nonveterans. In the last presidential election, 69.6 percent of veterans cast a ballot, compared with 60.6 percent of nonveterans.

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