October 18, 2021
On Veterans Day, we pay our respects to the men and women who have served in the armed forces both at home and abroad. But who are these dedicated individuals? Let’s look at these ten facts using data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Pew Research Center, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Veterans make up 7% of the overall adult population. Learn more.
8% of veterans were younger than age 35. Learn more.
The number of female veterans is expected to increase from around 2 million in 2021 to approximately 2.2 million in 2046. On the other hand, the number of male veterans is projected to drop from about 17 million in 2021 to around 10.3 million in 2046. Learn more.
In comparison, 67% of nonveterans own a home. Learn more.
Montana and Virginia come in second — 10% of their residents are veterans. For the country as a whole, 7% of residents are veterans. Learn more.
The share of senators who are veterans reached a post-Korean War peak of 81% in 1975, while the share among House members peaked in 1967 at 75%. Learn more.
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