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Vietnam Veterans by State 2022

The Vietnam War was a conflict of the communist government of North Vietnam and its allies, the Viet Cong, in South Vietnam versus the government of the South Vietnam government and the United States, its principal ally. The war lasted from 1954 to 1975 with the United States entering the war in 1965.

The U.S. saw a threat to national security interests with the spread of communism and was determined to end it. Protests against the escalating roles of the United States in the war began with demonstrations in 1964, and grew into a nationwide social movement. Protestors argued that entering the war to stop communist expansion was unjustifiable or an intervention into a foreign civil war. Additionally, extensive television coverage enabled people to see the violence and damage of the war, giving protestors moral ground to argue that the war was too devastating to continue keeping U.S. citizens there.

The United States totally withdrew from Vietnam on March 29,1973 and the war officially ended on April 30, 1975. The Vietnam War had been the longest war the US had fought in up to that point in history, and the most controversial. Estimated solider and civilian casualties range from 966,000 to 3.812 million. There were an estimated 58,318 U.S. soldier casualties alone. A total of 9,087,000 military personnel served on active duty during the Vietnam era, with over 2,709,000 Americans serving in Vietnam, about 9.7% of the generation. 7,484 women served in Vietnam, 83.5% being nurses.

Today, the state with highest number of Vietnam veterans is California, with 596,130, followed by Florida with 519,224. Maine and Montana have the highest number of Vietnam veterans per 100,000 people, with 3,211 and 3,203 respectively.

Here are the 10 states with the most Vietnam veterans:

  1. Maine (2,971 per 100k)
  2. Montana (2,960 per 100k)
  3. West Virginia (2,948 per 100k)
  4. Wyoming (2,890 per 100k)
  5. Alaska (2,734 per 100k)
  6. New Mexico (2,677 per 100k)
  7. New Hampshire (2,588 per 100k)
  8. Oregon (2,578 per 100k)
  9. South Carolina (2,572 per 100k)
  10. Delaware (2,546 per 100k)

Vietnam Veterans by State 2022

State Vietnam Veterans Vietnam Veterans (per 100k)
Maine40,3992,971
Montana32,3612,960
West Virginia51,7642,948
Wyoming16,8262,890
Alaska19,7042,734
New Mexico56,4672,677
New Hampshire35,6782,588
Oregon111,5262,578
South Carolina137,4112,572
Delaware25,4252,546
Oklahoma100,4172,506
Arkansas75,3412,477
Hawaii34,6782,474
Missouri152,2822,462
Washington191,7992,432
Alabama119,6232,417
Arizona182,8562,393
South Dakota21,5952,393
Virginia203,9822,361
Nevada76,3772,358
Vermont14,6122,346
Florida519,3072,342
Idaho43,9842,319
Tennessee159,9152,284
Kentucky99,0822,208
Ohio257,4882,196
Pennsylvania280,6282,192
Kansas63,6142,179
Iowa69,1692,179
Colorado127,1872,134
Nebraska41,7502,129
Wisconsin123,5562,106
North Carolina227,0282,101
Michigan208,8832,090
Minnesota117,4592,046
North Dakota15,7182,031
Indiana135,3171,978
Mississippi57,9581,957
Rhode Island20,6701,945
Georgia207,6841,899
Louisiana86,5481,875
Maryland113,6931,871
Connecticut60,0651,694
Illinois208,5881,666
Texas479,4831,593
Massachusetts108,4381,567
California561,0831,415
New Jersey117,6091,326
New York247,5951,288
Utah42,7741,272

Vietnam Veterans by State 2022

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