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Study ranks Miami in bottom five cities to live as a veteran

A study, released in time for Veterans Day, ranked the city of Miami as the fifth worst city to live in as a veteran out of 100 of America’s most populated cities.
A study, released in time for Veterans Day, ranked the city of Miami as the fifth worst city to live in as a veteran out of 100 of America’s most populated cities. Miami Herald File

Miami may be home to a diverse population, but veterans living in the area have it tough compared to other highly populated cities in the U.S., according to a study from the financial analysis group WalletHub.

The study, released in time for Veterans Day, ranked the city of Miami as the fifth worst city to live in as a veteran out of 100 of America’s most populated cities.

The ranking was formulated by evaluating 19 metrics split into two categories — economic wellness and environment, education and health, according to the study. Miami fell short across the board, but its three worst rankings were in percentage of military skill-related jobs (98th), size of the veteran population (98th) and housing affordability (97th).

These factors are linked to one another, said WalletHub spokeswoman Jill Gonzalez. Veterans move to a certain area because of job opportunities and affordability. With more veterans in a city, more veterans resources will typically be available via community support groups, civilian interaction and educational opportunities.

“Veterans not only choose a city where there is a job demand for their skill but also where they have access to those support systems,” she said.

Gonzalez said Miami could increase its ranking by raising public awareness of the city’s veteran population, which would better the environment and resources available for veterans in the area.

“Although it’s a small population, there are some veterans in Miami,” she said.

Also on the list was Hialeah, which ranked 22 spots better at 74th. St. Petersburg was the highest ranked Florida city (39th) and Orlando, Jacksonville and Tampa came in at 71st, 62nd and 61st, respectively.

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