N.J. city named worst place in the nation for veterans

By Jessica Mazzola | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
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on November 10, 2014

Newark has been named the worst city for veterans. The New Jersey Army National Guard in a 2009 file photo.


NEWARK — In honor of the Veterans Day holiday, WalletHub.com has put together a list of the worst cities across the country for former servicemen and women, and a New Jersey city topped the list.

After analyzing 100 of the most populated cities across the United States in terms of “economic wellness” and “environment, education, and health,” WalletHub named Newark the worst place for veterans to live.

According to the study, it used 19 factors like the veteran unemployment rate, number of homeless veterans, college opportunities for veterans, crime statistics, cost of living, and other metrics to determine economic and environment scores, and overall ranks.

Though Newark reported one of the lowest veteran populations of the places surveyed, it also reported one of the highest percentages of veterans living below the poverty line. The city ranked 89th worst in terms of “economic wellness,” and dead last on the list in terms of “environment, education, and health.”

Topping the list of the best cities for veterans was Lincoln, Nebraska. Jersey City was also ranked on the worst list, 19 spots behind Newark.

Newark city officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the ranking.

This is not the first time that the state’s largest city has made an appearance on a not-so-flattering WalletHub list. Just this year, the finance website has named Newark the worst city in the U.S. for recreation, the unhappiest city, and the worst big city to start a business in. Newark also ranked No. 2 on the site’s list of the worst cities around the country for retirees, and among the 10 worst cities for Hispanic entrepreneurs.

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