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Virginia has 3rd-highest share of military personnel among the 50 states

(The Center Square) – Among Virginia residents, active military personnel make up 1,514 out of every 100,000 people – the third-highest share among the 50 states, according to a new analysis by the website 24/7 Wall St.

Virginia contains 51 military bases, with per-capita defense spending in the state estimated at $5,459.

24/7 Wall St.’s analysis is based on March 31 numbers compiled by the Defense Manpower Data Center. Although tens of thousands of service personnel serve in overseas bases, nearly nine in 10 of the active-duty personnel are based in the United States, the study found.

Those states with high concentrations of military personnel have levels of defense spending that reach thousands of dollars per resident, according to 24/7 Wall St.

In total, 1.4 million Americans serve in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines or Coast Guard, the study said. An additional 804,000 people serve in the National Guard.

States With the Highest Shares of Service Personnel

Rank State Active Military Personnel per 100,000 People # of Military Bases Largest Base Per-Capita Defense Spending
1 Hawaii 3,013 49 Schofield Barracks $4,544
2 Alaska 2,680 47 Fort Jonathan Wainwright $4,014
3 Virginia 1,514 51 Norfolk Naval Base $5,459
4 North Dakota 987 6 Minot Air Force Base $1,057
5 North Carolina 972 24 Fort Bragg $1,015
6 Washington 812 29 Fort Lewis $2,055
7 Kansas 756 8 Fort Riley $1,067
8 South Carolina 729 15 Fort Jackson $1,021
9 Kentucky 718 7 Fort Campbell $1,845
10 Georgia 651 29 Fort Benning $1,268
11 Colorado 639 20 Fort Carson $1,498
12 New Mexico 605 10 Cannon Air Force Base $1,250
13 Wyoming 554 2 Francis E. Warren Air Force Base $686
14 Oklahoma 544 12 Fort Sill $1,554
15 Maryland 484 31 Fort George G. Meade $3,493
16 Texas 422 59 Fort Hood $1,331
17 Mississippi 413 17 Keesler Air Force Base $1,604
18 California 411 123 Camp Pendleton $1,238
19 South Dakota 391 4 Ellsworth Air Force Base $648
20 Nevada 388 16 Nellis Air Force Base $778
21 Delaware 374 4 Dover Air Force Base $598
22 Rhode Island 344 10 Naval Station Newport $1,362
23 Louisiana 338 8 Fort Polk $707
24 Nebraska 324 10 Offutt Air Force Base $793
25 Montana 318 6 Malmstrom Air Force Base $468
26 Florida 317 56 Mayport NAVSTA $916
27 Arizona 281 22 Davis-Monthan Air Force Base $1,430
28 Missouri 278 21 Fort Leonard Wood $1,474
29 Idaho 209 7 Mountain Home Air Force Base $349
30 Connecticut 179 16 New London NAVSUBBASE $4,170
31 Alabama 179 37 Fort Rucker $2,246
32 Illinois 164 27 Naval Station Great Lakes $600
33 Utah 146 14 Hill Air Force Base $982
34 Arkansas 129 4 Little Rock Air Force Base $373
35 New York 102 35 Fort Drum $464
36 New Jersey 89 14 McGuire Air Force Base $729
37 New Hampshire 75 5 Portsmouth Naval Shipyard $1,309
38 Maine 64 13 N/A $1,910
39 Ohio 60 31 Wright-Patterson Air Force Base $603
40 Massachusetts 55 21 Hanscom Air Force Base $1,512
41 Oregon 37 9 N/A $319
42 Tennessee 36 15 Naval Support Activity Mid-South $393
43 Vermont 27 4 N/A $705
44 Michigan 21 14 Detroit Arsenal $386
45 Pennsylvania 20 33 Carlisle Barracks $943
46 Wisconsin 19 11 Fort McCoy $488
47 Indiana 16 19 Fort Benjamin Harrison $685
48 Minnesota 12 9 Fort Snelling $823
49 West Virginia 10 7 N/A $314
50 Iowa 8 7 N/A $568

Source: 24/7 Wall St.

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