South Carolina Ranks 2021’s 2nd Best State for Military Retirees

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Free Meals And Services in Charlotte on Veterans DayWith May being Military Appreciation Month and the U.S. planning to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan this year, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2021’s Best & Worst States for Military Retirees.

To help our troops plan their years after service, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 30 key indicators of retirement-friendliness toward veterans. The data set ranges from job opportunities for veterans to housing affordability to quality of VA hospitals.

South Carolina was ranked one of the best states in America for veterans, coming in at #2 overall. North Carolina didn’t fair nearly as well, but still cracked the top 50%, coming in at #23 overall.

Best States for Military Retirees

Overall Rank  State Total Score  Economic Environment  Quality of Life  Health Care 
1 Virginia 61.05 5 5 12
2 South Carolina 59.88 14 2 16
3 Florida 59.87 15 4 13
4 South Dakota 59.79 3 24 4
5 Alaska 58.27 1 7 33
6 Alabama 57.18 2 17 22
7 Maryland 57.02 25 1 28
8 Wyoming 55.88 7 3 48
9 Missouri 55.68 16 15 11
10 New Hampshire 55.42 13 10 29
11 Kansas 54.47 22 20 9
12 Idaho 54.44 20 14 15
13 Minnesota 54.38 21 36 5
14 Montana 54.37 19 13 19
15 Arkansas 54.21 9 30 21
16 Oklahoma 54.08 18 6 36
17 West Virginia 53.85 4 39 20
18 North Dakota 53.60 12 29 27
19 Georgia 53.18 8 19 34
20 Wisconsin 52.87 29 28 8
21 Texas 52.71 11 37 24
22 Connecticut 52.26 42 27 1
23 North Carolina 51.86 27 12 26
24 Pennsylvania 50.63 38 40 2
25 Maine 50.37 17 23 44
26 Arizona 49.95 36 8 37
27 Louisiana 49.92 34 25 23
28 Massachusetts 49.48 23 50 6
29 Utah 49.37 10 31 50
30 Kentucky 49.22 26 38 25
31 Nebraska 48.70 28 21 40
32 New Jersey 48.59 45 16 17
33 New Mexico 48.41 31 26 35
34 Tennessee 48.29 6 47 41
35 Mississippi 47.46 24 33 47
36 Delaware 47.30 44 11 38
37 Illinois 47.07 37 43 18
38 Ohio 46.90 46 41 7
39 California 46.65 50 9 10
40 Colorado 46.21 33 22 49
41 Iowa 46.16 43 35 30
42 Hawaii 45.28 47 18 31
43 Indiana 44.32 39 42 32
44 New York 44.32 49 48 3
45 Michigan 43.32 48 44 14
46 Washington 43.29 32 34 51
47 Rhode Island 42.67 41 45 42
48 Nevada 41.53 40 46 45
49 District of Columbia 41.27 35 49 43
50 Vermont 38.42 51 32 39
51 Oregon 37.82 30 51 46

Note: With the exception of “Total Score,” all of the columns in the table above depict the relative rank of that state, where a rank of 1 represents the best conditions for that metric category.

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