Higher Incomes, Disability Rates for Raleigh Vets

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Friday Raleigh will celebrate Veterans Day with a parade and wreath laying ceremony. Here are some interesting statistics on the makeup of the local veteran population, based on the latest Census data:

Photo by Robert Couse-Baker.

Seven percent of Raleigh population is veterans —an estimated 23,434 people.

Raleigh’s black veteran population is 32.4 percent, which is higher than the 27.3 percent of residents who identify themselves as black.

In terms of age, most of Raleigh’s veterans, 33.4 percent, are 35 to 54 years old. The smallest age group, 13 percent, is 18 to 35.

Far more Raleigh veterans (21 percent) are disabled compared to the non-veteran rate of 8 percent.

Almost a third of Raleigh veterans, the largest group, fought in Vietnam compared to 5 percent, the smallest group, who fought in WWII.

Veterans earn more on average than non-veterans. In the past 12 months, veterans’ median income measures $39,032, compared to $26,807 for non-veterans.

In the past 12 months, 4 percent of Raleigh’s veterans’ incomes fell below poverty status

compared to the 17 percent of nonveterans.

The unemployment rate of Raleigh veterans slightly exceeds that of non-veterans – 11 percent of veterans compared to 10 percent of non-veterans.


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