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Charlotte has some amazing veteran-owned businesses throughout the city. Do you know how many veterans there are throughout the country? According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, there are about 19 million veterans living in the U.S. Many veterans are entering the entrepreneurship field and starting up tons of businesses on their own.

Hire a Helper discovered the top cities with the most veteran-owned businesses and you may be shocked by the list. For most business owners achieving greater income is one of the primary drivers behind owning their businesses. That number is fairly consistent across veterans and nonveterans. Veteran-owned businesses are on the rise and we see it more and more throughout the city of Charlotte. Wondering what other cities have a high number of veteran-owned businesses? Check out Hire a Helper’s list of cities with the most veteran-owned businesses.

Source: Hire a Helper

  • 15. St. Louis, MS

    • Share of businesses that are veteran-owned: 6.5%
    • Total businesses that are veteran-owned: 3,366
    • Employees at veteran-owned businesses: 43,677
    • Annual revenue at veteran-owned businesses: $5 billion or more
    • Veteran population share: 8.2%
  • 14. Birmingham, AL

    • Share of businesses that are veteran-owned: 6.7%
    • Total businesses that are veteran-owned: 1,325
    • Employees at veteran-owned businesses: 10,390
    • Annual revenue at veteran-owned businesses: $1 billion to less than $5 billion
    • Veteran population share: 7.4%
  • 13. Cincinnati, OH

    • Share of businesses that are veteran-owned: 6.7%
    • Total businesses that are veteran-owned: 2,155
    • Employees at veteran-owned businesses: 28,780
    • Annual revenue at veteran-owned businesses: $5 billion or more
    • Veteran population share: 7.1%
  • 12. Tucson, AZ

    • Share of businesses that are veteran-owned: 6.8%
    • Total businesses that are veteran-owned: 1,069
    • Employees at veteran-owned businesses: 12,395
    • Annual revenue at veteran-owned businesses: $1 billion to less than $5 billion
    • Veteran population share: 10.5%
  • 11. Tulsa, OK

    • Share of businesses that are veteran-owned: 6.8%
    • Total businesses that are veteran-owned: 1,293
    • Employees at veteran-owned businesses: 12,842
    • Annual revenue at veteran-owned businesses: $1 billion to less than $5 billion
    • Veteran population share: 8.2%
  • 10. Providence, RI

    • Share of businesses that are veteran-owned: 6.8%
    • Total businesses that are veteran-owned: 2,264
    • Employees at veteran-owned businesses: 30,279
    • Annual revenue at veteran-owned businesses: $5 billion or more
    • Veteran population share: 6.2%
  • 9. Charlotte, NC

    • Share of businesses that are veteran-owned: 6.8%
    • Total businesses that are veteran-owned: 3,212
    • Employees at veteran-owned businesses: 47,519
    • Annual revenue at veteran-owned businesses: $5 billion or more
    • Veteran population share: 7.0%
  • 8. Richmond, VA

    • Share of businesses that are veteran-owned: 6.9%
    • Total businesses that are veteran-owned: 1,771
    • Employees at veteran-owned businesses: 15,375
    • Annual revenue at veteran-owned businesses: $1 billion to less than $5 billion
    • Veteran population share: 8.7%
  • 7. Las Vegas, NV

    • Share of businesses that are veteran-owned: 6.9%
    • Total businesses that are veteran-owned: 2,578
    • Employees at veteran-owned businesses: 37,474
    • Annual revenue at veteran-owned businesses: $5 billion or more
    • Veteran population share: 8.2%
  • 6. Indianapolis, IN

    • Share of businesses that are veteran-owned: 7.1%
    • Total businesses that are veteran-owned: 2,369
    • Employees at veteran-owned businesses: 36,856
    • Annual revenue at veteran-owned businesses: $5 billion or more
    • Veteran population share: 7.0%
  • 5. Baltimore, MD

    • Share of businesses that are veteran-owned: 7.3%
    • Total businesses that are veteran-owned: 3,766
    • Employees at veteran-owned businesses: 53,920
    • Annual revenue at veteran-owned businesses: $5 billion or more
    • Veteran population share: 7.8%
  • 4. Washington, DC

    • Share of businesses that are veteran-owned: 7.5%
    • Total businesses that are veteran-owned: 8,351
    • Employees at veteran-owned businesses: 125,645
    • Annual revenue at veteran-owned businesses: $5 billion or more
    • Veteran population share: 8.0%
  • 3. Oklahoma City, OK

    • Share of businesses that are veteran-owned: 8.5%
    • Total businesses that are veteran-owned: 2,476
    • Employees at veteran-owned businesses: 20,790
    • Annual revenue at veteran-owned businesses: $1 billion to less than $5 billion
    • Veteran population share: 9.1%
  • 2. Jacksonville, FL

    • Share of businesses that are veteran-owned: 8.9%
    • Total businesses that are veteran-owned: 2,626
    • Employees at veteran-owned businesses: 34,630
    • Annual revenue at veteran-owned businesses: $5 billion or more
    • Veteran population share: 12.1%
  • 1. Virginia Beach, VA

    • Share of businesses that are veteran-owned: 10.9%
    • Total businesses that are veteran-owned: 2,905
    • Employees at veteran-owned businesses: 43,697
    • Annual revenue at veteran-owned businesses: $5 billion or more
    • Veteran population share: 16.0%