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Veterans in Los Angeles County

Veterans, Military

"Wall of Heroes" honor local veterans in a retail store in Pico Rivera. Los Angeles Almanac photo.


The U.S. Census estimates that, in 2019, there were 243,871 civilian U.S. military veterans living in Los Angeles County. They comprise about 3.1 percent of the county’s civilian population, age 18 years or older. Although the veteran population in Los Angeles County is only 1.3 percent of the nation's civilian veteran population, it is the second largest veteran population of any U.S. county (second only to Maricopa County, Arizona).


Data are Census 2019 1-Year Estimates

Veterans – Period of Service
Period of Service Veterans Percent
All Periods 243,871 100.0%
Gulf War (Sep 2001 or later) 52,265 21.4%
Gulf War (Aug 1990 to Aug 2001) 39,352 16.1%
Vietnam Era (Aug 1964 to Apr 1975) 80,575 33.0%
Korean War (Jul 1950 to Jan 1955) 20,025 8.2%
World War II (Dec 1941 to Dec 1946) 7,316 3.0%
All Other Periods (Peacetime Periods) 44,338 18.2%

Veterans – Sex

Sex Veterans Percent
Male 224,965 92.2%
Female 18,906 7.8%

Also see: Los Angeles County Women Veteran Demographics

Female, Woman, Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Los Angeles

Veterans – Age

Age Group Veterans Percent of All Veterans
18 to 34 Years 24,721 10.1%
35 to 54 Years 53,848 22.1%
55 to 64 Years 37,013 15.2%
65 to 74 Years 58,576 24.0%
75 Years & Over 69,713 28.6%

Veterans – Race

Race Veterans Percent of All Veterans
American Indian & Alaska Native Alone 2,733 1.1%
Asian Alone 22,292 9.1%
Black or African American Alone 41,594 17.1%
Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone 1,266 0.5%
White Alone, Not Hispanic or Latino 111,388 45.7%
Some Other Race Alone 16,815 6.9%
Two or More Races 9,286 3.8%
Hispanic or Latino of Any Race 61,381 25.2%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau