South Carolina bills itself as a military friendly community, welcoming to active service members and retirees. In many ways, it is. Even Fort Jackson’s top commander has said Columbia is the most military friendly community he has seen.
However, a new survey shows the Palmetto State has some areas it must improve to attract the military retirees it covets.
WalletHub ranked the worst and best states for military retirees.
Here’s how South Carolina ranked:
20 -- South Carolina’s overall ranking for military retirees, putting it in the top half of all states for attractiveness to military retirees.
7 -- The state’s rank for quality of life, including factors such as weather conditions, number of veterans, university offerings and leisure and recreation opportunities.
17 -- Economic environment rank. The state fared somewhat well in areas such as number of veteran-owned businesses, job opportunities, military bases, housing costs and cost of living.
45 -- Health care rank. The state got dinged hard for areas such as number of hospitals and physicians and emotional health. The state, in fact, ranked second to lowest among all states for number of Veterans Administration health facilities per 10,000 residents.
19 -- Total number of key metrics the report used to judge each state and Washington, D.C.