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MAPS: What each state’s veteran population looks like

An unidentified Vietnam veteran traces a name of a fallen soldier off the Vietnam Memorial on Nov. 11, 2013. (Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images.)

As the nation celebrates its veterans on Monday, it makes sense to take a look at who those veterans are. Each state’s veteran population is a little different. Some states’ veteran populations are older, some are more male, some have many World War II vets and others more veterans of recent wars. Here are five maps that show what the veteran population looks like in each state, according to 2012 Census estimates.

Alaska and Montana have the most veterans per capita. New York and New Jersey have the least.

In the Northeast, World War II vets make up a bigger share of the total veteran population.

In Connecticut, World War II veterans make up a larger share of the total veteran population than in any other state, with those older veterans making up 11.5 percent of the total veteran population. Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island and New Jersey are home to the next four largest WWII veteran populations, as a share of the total. In each of the five states, one in 10 veterans served in WWII. Alaska, which didn’t become a state until after WWII ended, has the smallest share of WWII veterans, followed by Georgia where fewer than one in 20 veterans is a WWII vet.

West Virginia’s veterans are overwhelmingly men.

In that state, fewer than 5 percent of veterans are women. Compare that to Alaska, where women account for more than 15 percent of the veteran population, more than in any other state.

More of Hawaii’s veterans have served since 2001 than in any other state.

There, more than one in four veterans have served since September 2001. In Connecticut, on the other hand, those individuals comprise the smallest share of the total veteran population.

California, the nation’s most populous state, is unsurprisingly home to the largest veteran population.

Niraj Chokshi is a general assignment reporter for The Washington Post.

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