Philadelphia County Veterans Demographics and Statistics
In Philadelphia County and throughout the country, veterans are a major focus of the American Community Survey (ACS), conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, publishes detailed estimates on the veteran population each year. Unlike the Census—which is an exact count of people and households every ten years—ACS statistics are estimated based on a representative survey sample. ACS data typically only counts veterans no longer in active service—in other words, people who are currently civilians.
For locations with populations under 60,000, the ACS is only available in 5-year estimates, rather than single-year periods. The 5-year estimates provide greater geographical granularity but a less granular time period. The data in this story shows population counts of Philadelphia County’s veterans, broken up by various characteristics.
How does the veteran population vary within Philadelphia County?
Note: Hover over a census tract to see its data. Use the time-slider beneath the map to see data from different 5-year periods.
When did veterans in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania serve in the military?
Note: Periods between major conflicts have been excluded from this chart.
How does median income compare for Philadelphia County veterans and nonveterans?
On a national level, veterans' median income was nearly 40% higher than nonveterans' in 2017.
How many Philadelphia County 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 Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.
By Service-Connected Disabilities Rating
The chart below shows how the former population has changed over time, broken down by the severity ratings of those disabilities.
About the Data
Data is from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS), 5-year estimates. This report uses the Census Bureau Data API but is not endorsed or certified by the Census Bureau. The population considered in this report only includes civilians 18 years and older. The following tables are used:
• Total Veterans: Table B21002
• Period of Military Service: Table B21002
• Median Income: Table B21004, civilians 18 years and older with income.
• Service-Connected Disabilities: Table B21100
This report also uses data from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System