10 Places You Should Live If You’re a Native Veteran Retiree

Vincent Schilling

In honor of Memorial Day and with the intention to help ease the burden of our nation’s military community, Wallethub, a website dedicated to helping consumers and small business owners to make better financial decisions, generated a list of states most beneficial to military retirees.

Taking into consideration such factors as state tax policies, friendliness of different job markets and factoring the fact the average officer is 45 years old upon retiring and enlisted is about 41, The list of states were ranked with further considerations to Economic environment, quality of life and health care.

All considered we extracted the top ten states in accordance with their associated vibrant Native communities. Our list: the Best States for Military Retirees with an emphasis on Indian Country.


Wyoming ranks No. 1 overall as the fourth highest in terms of an economic environment, third ranking in quality of life and fifth in health care. There are also nearly 10 out of 100 inhabitants that are veterans. There are two federally recognized tribes in the state, the Northern Arapahoe and Eastern Shoshone Tribes of the Wind River Reservation which is home to approximately 4,216 Eastern Shoshone and 9,862 Northern Arapaho. Wyoming also takes the top spot for highest number of VA health facilities per 10,000 veterans at 3.01.


Coming in at No. 3 on the list, Montana is home to several Indian Nations to include the Crow Tribe, Blackfeet, Confederated Salish and Kootenai and several others. Known for its amazing skylines, Montana aka Big Sky Country, it ranks 17 economically, its No. 4 quality of life and No. 1 rank for health care. Montana also sits at No. 1 for most veteran-owned businesses per 1,000 inhabitants at 12.17. The state sits in third for highest number of VA health facilities per 10,000 veterans at 1.87.

South Dakota

The state of South Dakota which is home to 9 tribes to include Cheyenne River Sioux, Oglala Sioux, Rosebud Sioux, the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate and several more nabs the No. 4 spot with a 10 in Economic, 10 in Quality of Life and 6 in healthcare. South Dakota also ranks No. 2 as the state with the highest number of VA Health facilities (at 1.98) per 10,000 veterans.


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