Veterans Day is just around the corner, where America will stop and salute all of those who have served proudly — our veterans.
But pride and gratitude don’t change the facts on this national holiday. There are 19.3 million veterans living in the United States and close to 422,000 of them are struggling to find work.
In honor of those who fought bravely in the name of American freedom, personal finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2015’s Best & Worst Cities for Veterans in order to help veterans find the most livable cities to call home. According to their study, one Alabama city ranked as one of the worst large cities in the country for veterans to live in.
Birmingham ranked 85 overall, making it the 15th worst city for veterans.
WalletHub analysts compared 100 of the most populated U.S. cities across 18 key metrics — including the veteran unemployment rate, housing affordability, number of homeless veterans, educational opportunities, number of veteran benefits,the availability of Veterans Affairs health facilities — to determine their rankings.
As for how neighboring cities fared, Birmingham came up short — Nashville ranked 62nd, New Orleans ranked 66th and Atlanta ranked 69th. Only Memphis came up worse, ranking an abysmal 93rd.