1. Oklahoma City, Okla.
Maybe you’ve never considered settling in the Sooner State. Maybe you don’t even know what a ‘Sooner’ is (that’s okay, we don’t either), but OKC regularly tops all the lists of the best places for military veterans and retirees because of the city’s extremely low unemployment rate and the fact that Tinker Air Force Base is the area’s largest employer, which means there are a plethora of government jobs there.
Better still, the cost of living there is about 9 percent lower than the national average.
*The states that don’t tax military retirement pay are Alabama, Alaska, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey (if someone is over 62), New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, and Wyoming. Many other states have some type of tax credit for retirees, but are not fully tax free.
Something else to consider transition out of military life – help your spouse with the best resources possible, especially if he or she is wondering what the heck to do next as a veteran. Visit GIJobs.com for jobs for veterans and resources for your transitioning veteran!