USAA and Announce List of Best Places for Veterans

  USAA and Announce List of Best Places for Veterans

 List highlights best places for post-9/11 veterans transitioning to civilian

Business Wire

SAN ANTONIO -- November 09, 2012

Pittsburgh ranks as the top place in the nation for veterans to transition
from combat boots to civilian shoes, according to a new study commissioned by
USAA and

The “Best Places for Veterans” list identifies U.S. metro areas that offer
America’s most recent veterans more opportunities to find a job or go to
college while providing a higher quality of life in an affordable location.
The remainder of the top 10 list includes:

2. Phoenix          7. Ann Arbor, Mich.
3. Dallas              8. Cincinnati
4. Cleveland           9. Columbus, Ohio
5. Atlanta             10. St. Louis
6. Warren, Mich.

“Today’s veterans are battling a highly competitive job market and need to
proactively plan for life after the military,” said Scott Halliwell, CERTIFIED
FINANCIAL PLANNER^TM at USAA. “This study allows us to help recent and
soon-to-be veterans identify preferred locations throughout the U.S. where
they can launch a civilian career and use the G.I. Bill to further their

“The millions of young veterans who have already entered the workforce and the
many more that will join them in the coming years have the opportunity to use
the discipline and determination they’ve acquired in the Armed Forces to make
a significant impact in their workplaces and communities,” said retired Cmdr.
Ward Carroll, editor of “Best Places for Veterans was
commissioned to help equip this remarkable group with tools for a successful

USAA, a leading financial services provider focused on serving the military
and their families, and, the largest military and veteran
membership organization, commissioned Sperling’s BestPlaces to develop the
list. Researchers reviewed variables for 379 major U.S. metropolitan areas,

  *Employment opportunities and sectors that align with military skills sets
    such as defense, engineering, medical services and aviation, as well as
    the overall jobs climate based on unemployment rate and recent job growth.
  *Presence of colleges/universities, as well as quality of local primary
  *General quality of life and pocketbook issues such as affordability, crime
    rate, taxes and recreation opportunities.

Each of the variables was weighted based on what recent and soon-to-be
veterans said was important to them, and each metro area was then ranked based
on its total points for all variables. Metro areas with the following
attributes were excluded from the list: unemployment rate more than 1 percent
above the national average, median cost of living greater than the national
average and total crime rate more than 25 percent above the national average.

USAA and also commissioned a list of the top metro areas in each
state to provide service members with more choices. Veterans and soon-to-be
veterans also have the opportunity to create a personalized list with the new
Best Places for Veterans calculator by identifying which criteria is most
important in their military-to-civilian transition. To see the entire list of
Best Places and access the Best Places for Veterans calculator, visit

The list does not represent any endorsement, expressed or implied, by the
Department of Defense or any other United States government agency.

About USAA

USAA provides insurance, banking, investment and retirement products and
services to 9.3 million members of the U.S. military and their families. Known
for its legendary commitment to its members, USAA is consistently recognized
for outstanding service, employee well-being and financial strength. USAA
membership is open to all who are serving or have honorably served our nation
in the U.S. military – and their eligible family members. For more information
about USAA, or to learn more about membership, visit More
information about the list criteria can be found at

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