BBMC Mortgage is pleased to announce the release of its Veteran Housing Index.

The goal is to provide veterans and their families, especially those transitioning out of the military, an idea of the Top 10 veteran-friendly communities. The Veteran Housing Index considers veteran population, housing affordability, veteran-friendly job opportunities, and many other factors.

The report combines data from BBMC Mortgage's internal housing metrics, as well as national housing and labor reports from the U.S. Department of Labor and HUD.

Over 200 markets were reviewed in our report. The scale was weighted as follows: 25% focus on Housing, 25% Veteran Services and Community, 50% Quality of Life.

Criteria for the scale took into account:

  • Median crime rate
  • Total veteran population
  • Median veteran population
  • Median monthly mortgage payment
  • Median home price
  • School quality score
  • Total VA locations
  • VA Facilities per 1,000 veterans
  • Median unemployment rate

This is by no-means a knock against other areas not included on the list. In fact, there are many cities that didn't make the cut. Some are included in BBMC's honorable mentions.

BBMC's Veteran Housing Index -- Top 10 "Veteran Friendly" Places to Live

  1. Lincoln & Hastings-Kearney, Nebraska
  2. San Angelo, Texas
  3. Sioux City, Texas
  4. Abilene-Sweetwater, Texas
  5. Rapid City, South Dakota
  6. Wichita-Hutchinson, Kansas
  7. Omaha, Nebraska
  8. Rochester, Minnesota
  9. Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  10. North Platte, Nebraska

HONORABLE MENTIONS

  1. Topeka, Kansas
  2. Charlottesville, Virginia
  3. La Crosse-Eau Claire, Wisconsin
  4. Des Moines-Ames, Iowa
  5. Fargo-Valley City, North Dakota

Rest of Top-40 List

  1. Mankato, MN
  2. Sioux Falls (Mitchell), SD
  3. Wausau-Rhinelander, WI
  4. Dayton, OH
  5. Oklahoma City, OK
  6. Harrisonburg, VA
  7. Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX
  8. Madison, WI
  9. Roanoke-Lynchburg, VA
  10. Amarillo, TX
  11. Kansas City, MO
  12. Green Bay-Appleton, WI
  13. Lake Charles, LA
  14. Washington, DC
  15. St. Joseph, MO
  16. Sherman, TX-Ada, OK
  17. Milwaukee, WI
  18. Louisville, KY
  19. San Antonio, TX
  20. Minot, ND
  21. Ft. Wayne, IN
  22. Austin, TX
  23. Boston, MA (Manchester, NH)
  24. Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
  25. Toledo, OH

If you're a veteran transitioning from the military, or simply want to move your family to a more veteran-friendly location, check the list above and see if one of these locations is near you.

For your VA home loan needs, BBMC Mortgage is a nationally-ranked leader in VA home mortgage products. We're also heavily involved with the veteran and active military communities with our Patriot's Charity Initiative.

Learn more about our Patriot's Charity, which donates $125 to veteran and active military charities with each qualified closed loan, by visiting mybbmc.com/pci. To date, we've raised more than $2.6 million for our charity partners.

To get started on a VA home loan – in one of the above Veteran Index cities or elsewhere – click here.

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