Vietnam Veterans By State 2020

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.

Below is a table of Vietnam veterans in each state and per 100,000 people.

Vietnam Veterans By State 2020

State 2020 Pop. Vietnam Veterans Vietnam Veterans (per 100k)
Montana1,041,73033,0513,173
Maine1,332,81041,6253,123
Wyoming581,83617,3092,975
West Virginia1,829,05053,2032,909
Oregon4,081,940114,9892,817
Alaska738,51620,8022,817
South Carolina4,955,920138,7252,799
New Mexico2,092,43058,3652,789
New Hampshire1,343,62036,4202,711
Washington7,294,340195,9742,687
Nevada2,922,85078,4762,685
Delaware949,49525,4692,682
Idaho1,687,81044,7662,652
Arizona6,946,680181,9912,620
Oklahoma3,918,140102,4002,613
Arkansas2,990,67077,2692,584
Missouri6,090,060156,9252,577
South Dakota864,28922,1302,560
Florida20,598,100520,8822,529
Alabama4,864,680122,6712,522
Virginia8,413,770208,7142,481
Hawaii1,422,03035,2122,476
Tennessee6,651,090163,4742,458
Vermont624,97714,9732,396
Colorado5,531,140131,7282,382
North Carolina10,155,600233,2002,296
Ohio11,641,900264,0782,268
Kentucky4,440,200100,4792,263
Iowa3,132,50070,7002,257
Pennsylvania12,791,200286,8912,243
Kansas2,908,78064,9752,234
Wisconsin5,778,390127,5792,208
Nebraska1,904,76041,9342,202
Minnesota5,527,360119,6582,165
Michigan9,957,490215,0162,159
Indiana6,637,430140,1252,111
North Dakota752,20115,8322,105
Georgia10,297,500214,1572,080
Rhode Island1,056,61021,6092,045
Mississippi2,988,76059,7832,000
Maryland6,003,440116,0941,934
Louisiana4,663,62089,3591,916
Texas27,885,200493,3621,769
Connecticut3,581,50062,5241,746
Illinois12,821,500215,3121,679
Massachusetts6,830,190111,7281,636
California39,148,800576,7651,473
Utah3,045,35043,3911,425
New Jersey8,881,840121,9861,373
New York19,618,500255,0291,300
District of Columbia684,4987,7441,131
Puerto Rico3,386,94027,976826