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 Anchorage named by USAA, military.com as second-best medium-sized city in the U.S. for military retirees to launch second career 

 Criteria include employment opportunities, low crime rates 

11/9/2011 | Contact: Sarah Erkmann 343-7103
Mayor's Office

ANCHORAGE- The Municipality of Anchorage is the second-best medium-sized location in the country for military retirees to launch post-service careers, according to a new study commissioned by USAA and military.com.

Criteria used to develop the top ten list included: employment opportunities for military retirees; low crime rates; proximity to a military base and VA medical care; state taxation policy on military pensions; and quality of life issues like overall affordability and housing costs, among others.

“This is great news for a community that values its veterans as much as Anchorage,” said Mayor Dan Sullivan. “We all benefit when our retiring service members decide to call Anchorage home for good, and this new study reaffirms why: job opportunities, low crime rates and an active and thriving military base.”

Rounding out the “Best Places for Military Retirement: Second Careers” list are:

 1.  Manchester, NH                6.  Rockingham County, NH 
 2.  Anchorage, AK  7. York, PA
 3. Killeen, TX        8. Roanoke, VA
 4. Huntsville, AL  9. Topeka, KS
 5. Ann Arbor, MI    10. Lexington, KY

According to the Dept. of Defense, there are approximately 2 million military retirees as of 2010: 73 percent enlisted and 27 percent officers. They generally retire from the service early in life at the average ages of 39 for enlisted service members and 46 for officers.

The U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs estimates that as of the latest census, Alaska is home to 71,552 veterans, which at 17 percent of the population is the highest per capita veteran population in the nation.

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