This award goes to the most patriotic communities across America, from small villages to large metropoles, each with the greatest share of citizens who have risked their lives in service of our nation.
From the founding of the United States to the present, our nation has benefitted from the protection of millions of service members. Currently, 20.33 million veterans live in the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, as do 1.34 million active service members, according to the Pew Research Center.
Since the Cold War era, the number of active service members has been in decline. And with the last draft occurring in 1973, enlistment and Americans with family ties to the military have diminished in some areas. Yet in others, whose military tradition has persisted, enlistment remains consistent or has grown.
In order to recognize those who have risked their lives in service of our country, the data scientists at Insurify, an insurance quotes comparison website, identified one city in each state with the highest percentage of active service members and veterans. Some of the cities on this list may surprise you, while others, located near military bases, may not. However, all deserve to be saluted for their contributions to the national defense.
To honor the most patriotic community in each state, Insurify’s data science and research team identified the communities with the highest share of military personnel. They referred to Insurify’s database of over 2 million car insurance applications. When applying for coverage, drivers indicate whether they or any other driver on their policy are an active service member or a veteran, as well as their city and state of legal residence. From this, Insurify’s data scientists found the community in each state with the greatest proportion of citizens with military service.
Winners of Insurify’s 2020 Most Patriotic Communities Awards
Arizona: Sun City West
California: Twentynine Palms
Florida: Atlantic Beach
Idaho: Mountain Home
Kansas: Junction City
Kentucky: Oak Grove
Louisiana: Bossier City
Maryland: Lexington Park
Mississippi: Long Beach
Montana: Great Falls
New Hampshire: Nashua
New Jersey: Toms River
New Mexico: Alamogordo
New York: Schenectady
North Carolina: Jacksonville
North Dakota: Minot
Ohio: Grove City
Oregon: Central Point
Rhode Island: Bristol
South Carolina: Beaufort
South Dakota: Box Elder
Utah: Brigham City
West Virginia: Clarksburg
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