Arizona Veterans Demographics and Statistics

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The American Community Survey (ACS), conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, publishes detailed estimates on the veteran population each year. ACS data typically only counts veterans no longer in active service—in other words, people who are currently civilians. 

Veterans make up a significant but declining percentage of the U.S. population, as veterans of older wars pass on. In 2011, there were nearly 1.9 million living veterans of World War II. By 2018, that number had dwindled to less than 500,000.  

How has the Arizona veteran population changed over time?

How does Arizona veteran population compare to the United States?

How does the veteran population vary within Arizona?

Note: Hover over a county to see its data.

When did Arizona veterans serve in the military?

Note: Hover over a period of service to see the population of  living Arizona veterans who served during that period. Periods between major conflicts have been excluded from this chart.

How does median income compare for Arizona veterans and nonveterans?

On a national level, veterans' median income was about $41,500 in 2018, compared to roughly $30,800 for non-veterans.

How many Arizona veterans have service-connected disabilities?

The department of Veterans Affairs (VA) assigns ratings to disabilities that veterans received during their service, or for existing health issues that worsened because of their service. The ratings are assigned as a percentage scale, with higher percentages corresponding to more severe disabilities. 

By Service-Connected Disabilities

This chart shows the populations of veterans with, and without, service-connected disabilities in Arizona. 

By Service-Connected Disabilities Rating

The chart below shows the former population broken down by the severity ratings of those disabilities.