Median household income overall: $74,007
Household income difference for vets: +8.8 percent ($6,498)
Alaska tops our list for the densest veteran population at a whopping 11.9 percent. Not only does every Alaskan resident get a yearly Alaska Permanent Fund payment, but military vets get a handful of other benefits that make it worthwhile to live in this predominantly chilly state.
Veteran benefits include preferential unoccupied land purchasing, a 1-percentage-point interest rate cut on the first $50,000 of a mortgage through the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, $150,000 property tax exemption for 50 percent or more disabled vets and 20 percent railroad discounts.
Alaskan veterans do well financially, too, with a median yearly household income of $80,505, which beats the state’s median by 8.8 percent.