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Veterans, by the numbers

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Veterans, by the numbers
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In honor of veterans everywhere, we present these numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau:

21.2 million - Number of military veterans in the United States in 2012.

1.6 million - Number of female veterans in the United States in 2012.

11.3 percent - Percent of black veterans in 2012. Additionally, 5.7 percent were Hispanic; 1.3 percent were Asian; 0.8 percent were American Indian or Alaska Native; 0.2 percent were Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander; and 79.6 percent were non-Hispanic white. (The numbers for blacks, Asians, American Indians and Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders, and non-Hispanic whites cover only those reporting a single race.)

9.6 million - Number of veterans 65 and older in 2012. At the other end of the age spectrum, 1.8 million were younger than 35.

7.4 million - Number of Vietnam-era veterans in 2012. Moreover, there were 5.4 million who served during the Gulf Wars (representing service from August 1990 to present); 1.6 million who served in World War II (1941-1945); 2.3 million who served in the Korean War (1950-1953); and 5.3 million who served in peacetime only.

54,117 - Number of living veterans in 2012 who served during the Vietnam era and both Gulf War eras and no other period.    

3 - Number of states with 1 million or more veterans in 2012. These states were California (1.9 million), Texas (1.6 million) and Florida (1.6 million).

13.6 percent - Percent of people 18 years and older in Alaska who were veterans in 2012; this is the highest percentage of veterans of any state. Montana followed with 12.7 percent.

26.7 percent - Percent of veterans 25 and older with at least a bachelor’s degree in 2012. In comparison, 29.1 percent of the total population had a bachelor’s degree or higher.

29.2 percent -  Percent of veterans 25 and older with a high school diploma in 2012, compared with the 28 percent of the population as a whole.

$36,264 - Annual median income of veterans in 2012, compared with $26,278 for the population as a whole.

8.7 million - Number of veterans 18 to 64 in the labor force in 2012.

3.6 million - Number of veterans with a service-connected disability rating in 2012. Of this number, 881,981 had a rating of 70 percent or higher. A “service-connected” disability is one that was a result of a disease or injury incurred or aggravated during active military service. Severity of one’s disability is scaled from 0 to 100 percent, and eligibility for compensation depends on one’s rating.

14.7 million - Number of veterans who voted in the 2012 presidential election. Seventy percent of veterans cast a ballot in the presidential election.