There are 340,107 veterans living in New Jersey, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. That translates to about 5 percent of the population — somewhat below average among states. Washington, Virginia, Nevada and other states have more than 9.5 percent of their populations made up of veterans.
Among New Jersey’s veterans, by far the largest cohort is Vietnam vets, with 118,778 — or 35 percent of the total. The Korean War (43,631) and first Gulf War (43,069) have the second-largest groups. There are 34,466 veterans from the Second Gulf War, and 30,124 from World War II.
The vast majority of veterans in New Jersey are male, with only 6 percent female. Most are white — 82 percent. Veterans’ unemployment in New Jersey is only 5.9 percent, and 28 percent of veterans are disabled.