South Carolina Just Ranked America’s Best State for Military Retirees


With May being Military Appreciation Month and Memorial Day approaching, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on the Best & Worst States for Military Retirees in 2024.

To help our troops plan their years after service, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 28 key indicators of retirement-friendliness for veterans. The data set ranges from job opportunities for veterans to housing affordability to the quality of VA hospitals.

Best States for Military Retirees Worst States for Military Retirees
1. South Carolina 42. Colorado
2. Florida 43. Iowa
3. Virginia 44. Tennessee
4. Maryland 45. Mississippi
5. North Dakota 46. Washington
6. Minnesota 47. Nevada
7. Alaska 48. District of Columbia
8. Connecticut 49. Vermont
9. New Hampshire 50. New Mexico
10. South Dakota 51. Oregon

Memorial Day Facts

  • 3.5M – Number of people expected to travel by plane over Memorial Day weekend (up 5% over 2023).
  • 818 – Number of hot dogs consumed every second from Memorial Day to Labor Day (seven billion total).
  • 15 to 80 Percent Off – Discount shoppers can expect during Memorial Day weekend sales.
  • 100M+ – Number of households worldwide that will watch the National Memorial Day parade broadcast on TV.

To view the full report and your state or the District’s rank, please visit: