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St. Louis still low on list of veteran-friendly cities

St. Louis still low on list of veteran-friendly cities

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34th annual St. Louis Regional Veterans Day Observance

Members of the Air Force Jr. ROTC program at Lafayette High School participate in the parade that was part of the 34th annual St. Louis Regional Veterans Day Observance at Market and Tucker in downtown St. Louis Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. Photo by Sid Hastings

With Veterans Day around the corner on Sunday, St. Louis fortunately will have a refurbished Soldiers Memorial to help commemorate the day.

Unfortunately, it also will still have a poor ranking when it comes to the best U.S. cities for military veterans.

Out of the 100 biggest cities in the nation, personal finance website WalletHub checks St. Louis in at No. 77 — little improvement over our rating two years ago at No. 79.

Four main categories were used to compile the list.

Our fair burg did not finish in the top half of any of the four, with our best finish being No. 58 in economy. We finished even lower in quality of life (62), jobs (68) and health (75).

Nearby big cities that fared better were Kansas City (39), Cincinnati (40), Nashville (43) and Louisville (66). Finishing worse were Indianapolis (84), Chicago (96), and Memphis (98).

The top five cities were Austin, Texas; Scottsdale, Ariz.; Colorado Springs, Colo.; Raleigh, N.C.; and Gilbert, Ariz.

Photos: Soldiers Memorial is ready to reopening, three years after closing for a major renovation

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