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Vietnam Veterans By State 2021

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. Montana (2,983 per 100k)
  2. Maine (2,983 per 100k)
  3. West Virginia (2,928 per 100k)
  4. Wyoming (2,896 per 100k)
  5. Alaska (2,720 per 100k)
  6. New Mexico (2,683 per 100k)
  7. South Carolina (2,604 per 100k)
  8. New Hampshire (2,600 per 100k)
  9. Oregon (2,600 per 100k)
  10. Delaware (2,567 per 100k)

Vietnam Veterans By State 2021

State Vietnam Veterans Vietnam Veterans (per 100k)
Montana32,3612,983
Maine40,3992,983
West Virginia51,7642,928
Wyoming16,8262,896
Alaska19,7042,720
New Mexico56,4672,683
South Carolina137,4112,604
New Hampshire35,6782,600
Oregon111,5262,600
Delaware25,4252,567
Oklahoma100,4172,516
Arkansas75,3412,483
Missouri152,2822,468
Hawaii34,6782,466
Washington191,7992,460
Arizona182,8562,432
Alabama119,6232,424
South Dakota21,5952,409
Nevada76,3772,397
Virginia203,9822,371
Florida519,3072,366
Idaho43,9842,365
Vermont14,6122,344
Tennessee159,9152,303
Kentucky99,0822,211
Ohio257,4882,198
Pennsylvania280,6282,192
Iowa69,1692,183
Kansas63,6142,181
Colorado127,1872,158
Nebraska41,7502,139
North Carolina227,0282,122
Wisconsin123,5562,111
Michigan208,8832,090
Minnesota117,4592,058
North Dakota15,7182,041
Indiana135,3171,988
Mississippi57,9581,954
Rhode Island20,6701,947
Georgia207,6841,918
Maryland113,6931,874
Louisiana86,5481,870
Connecticut60,0651,691
Illinois208,5881,660
Texas479,4831,613
Massachusetts108,4381,569
California561,0831,416
New Jersey117,6091,325
Utah42,7741,292
New York247,5951,283

Vietnam Veterans By State 2021