Indiana 10th worst state for military retirees, according to WalletHub study

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INDIANA, (WOWO) – Indiana ranks low in a WalletHub study ranking 2018’s Best and Worst States for Military Retirees.

The study compared all 50 states, plus Washington D.C., across three dimensions: Economic Environment, Quality of Life and Health Care.

The dimensions were further broken down into the following categories:

  • Economic Environment
    • State Tax on Military Pension
    • Tax-Friendliness
    • Share of Veteran-Owned Businesses
    • Dollars in Defense Department Contracts per Capita
    • Job Opportunities for Veterans
    • State Authorization for Veterans’ Preference in Private Hiring
    • Veteran Job Fairs per 100,000 Veterans
    • Job Growth (2017 vs. 2016)
    • Military Bases and Installations per 100,000 Veterans
    • Total VA Expenditure per Number of Veterans
    • Presence of State Help for Returning Veterans
    • Presence of Academic Credit for Military Service
    • Housing Affordability
    • Cost-of-Living Index
  • Quality of Life
    • Share of Veterans
    • Share of Veterans Not Receiving SNAP
    • Share of VA Benefits-Administration Facilities per Number of Veterans
    • Quality of University System
    • Arts, Leisure and Recreation Establishments per Capita
    • Share of Population Aged 40+
    • Share of Homeless Veterans
    • Ideal Weather
  • Health Care
    • Number of VA Health Facilities per Number of Veterans
    • Federal, State, Local and Private Hospitals per Capita
    • Physicians per Capita
    • Quality of VA Hospitals
    • Presence of Veteran-Treatment Courts

The Hoosier state ranked 42nd overall, 28th in Economic Environment, 44th in Quality of Life and 34th in Health Care.

The best states of military retirees include Florida, Virginia, New Hampshire, Alabama and South Carolina.

The lowest-ranking “state” was Washington D.C.


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