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Veterans in Los Angeles County

Corpsman treats wounded in Vietnam War, 1968

1968. D.R. Howe treats wounds of Private First Class D.A. Crum, "H" Company, 2nd Battalion, Fifth Marine Regiment, during Operation Hue City. Courtesy National Archives.

The U.S. Census estimates that, in 2017, there were 264,635 U.S. military veterans living in Los Angeles County. They comprise about 3.5 percent of the county’s civilian population age 18 years or older. Although the veteran population in Los Angeles County comprises only about 1.4 percent of the entire veteran population in the nation, it is the largest veteran population of any U.S. county.

Veterans – Period of Service, 2017 Estimates

Period of Service Veterans - Estimate Percent
Gulf War (Sep 2001 or later) 48,793 18.4%
Gulf War (Aug 1990 to Aug 2001) 41,957 15.9%
Vietnam Era (Aug 1964 to Apr 1975) 91,104 34.4%
Korean War (Jul 1950 to Jan 1955) 26,278 9.9%
World War II (Dec 1941 to Dec 1946) 12,509 4.7%
All Other Periods (Peacetime Periods) 43,994 16.6%

Veterans – Age & Sex, 2017 Estimates

Age Group All Veterans - Estimate Percent of All Veterans Male Veterans - Estimate Percent of Age Group Female Veterans - Estimate Percent of Age Group
18 to 34 Years 25,571 9.7% 21,950 85.8% 3,621 14.2%
35 to 54 Years 57,756 21.8% 51,885 89.8% 5,871 10.2%
55 to 64 Years 40,620 15.3% 37,657 92.7% 2,963 7.3%
65 to 74 Years 65,924 24.9% 64,092 97.2% 1,832 2.8%
75 Years & Over 74,764 28.3% 72,616 97.1% 2,148 2.9%
All Ages 264,635 100.0% 248,200 93.8% 16,435 6.2%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau