San Diego, Chula Vista rank among best cities for veterans

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SAN DIEGO — San Diego is the sixth best city in the country for veterans, according to a study by the website WalletHub.

The rankings were based on criteria like the availability of jobs in military skill areas, veteran unemployment, numbers of homeless veterans and location of Veterans Affairs facilities.

The authors fit the criteria into two main areas, and San Diego came out first in environment, education and health, but just 54th in economic wellness.

Chula Vista ranked 12th overall.

The environment, education and health sector included factors like the number of veterans per 1,000 in population, educational opportunities, number of VA benefits and health facilities per an area’s population of veterans, and the willingness of veterans to recommend the local veterans hospital.

Irvine, Scottsdale, Raleigh, Orlando and Gilbert, Arizona, were the five best, according to WalletHub. The five worst out of 100 cities were Miami, Boston, Hialeah, Florida, Newark and Detroit, according to the rankings.

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