Veterans Population Data

The US Department of Veterans Affairs has recently released its Veteran Population (2014) Survey. The V3 Program has mapped this data into meaningful pictures of county-level statistics.

The first map shows the geographic distribution of Virginia’s Veterans.

VETPOP14_2014Pop

Most Veterans reside in the Hampton Roads and DC Metro areas, which are home to numerous military installations. There is also a significant Veteran population residing in the area surrounding Ft. Lee.

The next map shows the rate of Veteran population growth — as a percentage — projected for each county over the next 7 years (2021).

VETPOP14_Rate

Clearly, areas in Hampton Roads and along the 95 corridor through the DC Metro areas are those in which Veterans are currently choosing to call home. Again, this may be due in large part to the proximity of military installations. Areas in Southwest Virginia are experiencing a significant decline rate in Veterans population.

While the above map shows rates of growth as demonstrated by a percentage, the map below shows a discrete number Veteran-growth bubble for each county over the next 7 years. Again, only those counties with a projected positive growth are shown in this map.

VETPOP14_PopIncrease2014-21

5 counties/cities are projected to have a net increase of approximately 5,000 Veterans, again, mainly in the Hampton Roads and Northern Virginia areas.

Finally, the corollary map to the one above is shown below, which identifies in discrete number, growth bubbles for the Veteran population. Again, in the map below, only those counties with negative growth rates are shown.

VETPOP14_PopDecrease2014-21

The growth bubbles show, in discrete numbers, a different picture of negative growth in Southwest Virginia. While as a percentage the negative growth seems quite significant, the discrete numbers show a milder decline — in many cases, as an average negative growth of 300 Veterans per city/county.

The Veterans Population Survey is an actuarial projection model developed by the US Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of the Actuary. The last projection prior to 2014 was issued in 2011, and is now updated regularly.

Many thanks to V3 Strategic Alliance Group G2 Committee Member Matt Leslie for the GIS mapping.

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