Region home to many veterans

Thanks to all 266,000 of you!

Veterans Day celebrates living veterans of the armed forces. The Census Bureau estimates that 8% of adults in the central Puget Sound region have served in the military—slightly more than the U.S. rate of 7%.

Kitsap County has the smallest number of veterans in the four-county region (33,017), but the largest proportion of vets in its population (17%)—no great surprise given the large military presence on the peninsula.

King County is the reverse, with the most vets (99,128), but the smallest percentage (6%).

The largest share of vets served during the Vietnam era (35%), while only 2% of veterans are from World War II—5,740 total.

Most former service members are still in their working years. More than half are under age 65, and one in ten is a woman.

Veterans here tend to do better than average economically. Their incomes are above non-veteran medians in all of the region's counties. In Kitsap, the difference is particularly stark, with vets earning a median of $56,893 compared to non-vets' $32,882.

Still, the state's 2019 Point in Time count found 1,094 homeless veterans in the region, representing 8% of all the region's homeless. Programs like the Orting Veterans Village in Pierce County are working to provide permanent supportive housing for vets.



Do you have the demographics for Thurston Co. Vets, and its senior population?

Yes, that data comes from the American Community Survey.  Here's a direct link to the web page with Thurston County data: