National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics
Additional Sources of Information About Veterans
Data on Veterans are collected on the American Community Survey (ACS), the Current Population Survey (CPS), the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP), and in decennial censuses prior to 2010.
Where can I access data, data products, and analyses related to Veterans from the U.S. Census Bureau?
- American Factfinder:
The American Factfinder tool can be used to access data products, such as detailed tables, subject tables, and maps, from the 1990 and 2000 decennial censuses and from the 2000 and later American Community Survey (ACS). Users can quickly find the available products related to Veterans by using the “by subject” or “by keyword” search features. Since 2004, Veterans’ products can be distinguished by topic ID ‘21’ in the table number. For example, detailed table B21002 and subject table S2101 cover Veterans’ topics. Individual table descriptions can be found under the List all tables link. Click on a table name and then click on the “What’s this?” button to see a table shell.
- Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS):
Microdata users frequently want to look at relationships among variables not shown in the standard products offered by the U.S. Census Bureau. These users can use American Factfinder to download the Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) files. The advantage of PUMS is that data users can tabulate data according to the characteristics they want or need to know about.
- Data Ferrett:
Data Ferrett is a tool and data librarian provided by the U.S. Census Bureau that searches and retrieves data across federal, state, and local surveys, executes customized variable recoding, creates complex tabulations and business graphics. Data on Veterans are available from the monthly CPS (1994 to the present), the longitudinal SIPP (1988 panel to present panel), the annual ACS (2004 to the present), and select decennial censuses.
- Veterans’ Statistics Webpage:
Reports, research papers, special tabulations, and other information related to Veterans are available on the Veterans’ Statistics webpage.
Data on Veterans are collected through the monthly Current Population Survey (CPS) and the biennial August Veterans Supplement of the CPS. The CPS is a monthly survey of about 60,000 households conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau for the Bureau of Labor Statistics that obtains information on employment and unemployment among the nation’s civilian non-institutional population age 16 and over. The August Veterans Supplement, which collects additional detail related to Veterans, is co-sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service.
Where can I access data, data products, and analyses related to Veterans from the Bureau of Labor Statistics?
- Data Ferrett:
Data Ferrett is a tool and data librarian provided by the U.S. Census Bureau that searches and retrieves data across Federal, state, and local surveys, executes customized variable recoding, creates complex tabulations and business graphics. Data on Veterans are available from the monthly Current Population Surveys (1994 to the present) and the biennial August Veterans Supplements (1995 to the present).
- Employment Situation of Veterans Report:
The Bureau of Labor Statistics produces a descriptive report on the Employment Situation of Veterans for each Veterans Supplement. Detailed tables accompanying the report are also available.
- Special Studies:
Occasionally, the Bureau of Labor Statistics produces publications and other studies related to Veterans through the Office of Publications and in the Monthly Labor Review journal.
Data.gov was created to increase public access to high value, machine readable datasets generated by the Executive Branch of the Federal Government. Data.gov increases the ability of the public to easily find, download, and use datasets that are generated and held by the Federal Government. Data.gov provides descriptions of the Federal datasets (metadata), information about how to access the datasets, and tools that leverage government datasets. The data catalogs will continue to grow as datasets are added.
- Raw Data Catalog:
The Raw Data Catalog provides an instant download of machine readable, platform-independent datasets. To view the data catalogs available from the Department of Veterans Affairs, select the agency under “Search raw data by single/multiple agency.”
- Tools Catalog:
The Tools Catalog provides hyperlinks which may lead to agency tools or agency web pages that allow you to mine datasets. To view the tools catalogs available from the Department of Veterans Affairs, select the agency under “Search tools by single/multiple agency.”
USAspending.gov was created to fulfill the requirements of the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006. This Act requires that the Office of Management and Budget establish a single searchable website, accessible to the public at no cost, which includes for each Federal award:
- the name of the entity receiving the award;
- the amount of the award;
- information on the award including transaction type, funding agency, etc;
- the location of the entity receiving the award; and
- a unique identifier of the entity receiving the award.
Prime award information shown on the website is provided by Federal Agencies through four main sources of data. USAspending.gov receives and displays data pertaining to obligations (amounts awarded for federally sponsored projects during a given budget period), not outlays or expenditures (actual cash disbursements made against each project).
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
- Public Affairs (Fact Sheets)
- Veterans Benefits Administration Annual Benefits Reports
- Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Resource Centers
- VA Information Resource Center (VIReC)
- Health Economics Resource Center (HERC)
- Center for Information Dissemination and Education Resources (CIDER)
Department of Defense (DoD)
Department of Labor (DOL)
Interagency Web pages
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
VA released Geographic Distribution of VA Expenditures 2017 This report details VA expenditures at the state, county, and Congressional District level. It includes categories such as Compensation and Pension, Construction, Insurance, and Medical Care. Veteran population estimates and the number of unique patients who used VA health care services are also available. June 21, 2018
VA released Profile of Veterans Internet Use Deep Dive This Deep Dive provides a look at Veteran households with internet access, use/own a computer or smartphone regardless of gender, age, economic status of education level using 2016 ACS data. May 1, 2018
VA released VetPop 115th Congressional District This model projects Veteran Population by congressional district, by state, age (17-64 and 65+), and gender for the next 30 years. April 19, 2018
VA released Profile of Post-911 Veterans: 2016 This report presents key demographic, scioeconomic and VA utilization characteristics of Post-911 Veterans. It also includes comparisons with all other Veterans and non-Veterans. March 22, 2018
VA released Profile of Pre-911 Veterans: 2016 This report presents key demographic, scioeconomic and VA utilization characteristics of Pre-911 Veterans. It also includes comparisons with all other Veterans and non-Veterans. March 22, 2018
VA released Vietnam Veteran Deep Dive on Finance and Health This report provides a detailed view into Vietnam income, insurance coverage and disability variables in the American Community Survey. March 22, 2018
VA released Profile of Veterans: 2016 This report shows a percentage of distribution of Veterans and civilian population for age, race/ethnicity, important socio-economic characteristics and period of service. February 14, 2018
VA released Compensation and Pension by County 2017 This report shows the number of Veterans in each state and county who received monthly Disability Compensation and Pension payments during fiscal year 2017. It also includes breakdowns by disability rating groups, age groups, and gender. February 7, 2018
VA released VA Utilization Profile This report provides demographic, socio-economic, and utilization trends of Veterans who used at least one VA benefit or service each year between FY2007 and FY2016. It also includes a comparison of Veterans who used VA benefits to Veterans who did not use VA benefits. November 20, 2017
VA released The Veteran Working Poor:The Relationship between Labor Force Activity and Poverty Status This report uses data from the American Community Survey to provide estimates by key demographics and socioeconomic characteristics such as age, gender, period of service, race/ethnicity, employment and occupation. November 7, 2017
VA released AIAN Veterans by State 2015 This report shows demographic and socio-economic percentages of distribution of AIAN Veterans by gender, age, state, period of service, education, personal income and other important characteristics. August 31, 2017
VA released Veterans Religious Affiliation by State This dataset provides a count of Veterans by their religious affiliation and state residence. The dataset covers all 50 states, District of Columbia and other territories. August 18, 2017
VA released Selected Veterans Health Administration Characteristics: FY 2002 to FY 2015 This table shows a brief summary of enrollees, outpatient visits, and inpatient admissions from FY 2002 to FY 2015. August 10, 2017
VA released Profile of Veterans: Male Education Deep Dive This profile uses data from the 2015 American Community Survey Public Use Microdata Sample to report data concerning the demographics, socioeconomic status, and health characteristics for male Veterans vs. male non-Veterans by high school graduation status. June 28, 2017
VA released Profile of Post-911 Veterans: 2015 This profile uses data from the 2015 American Community Survey Public Use Microdata Sample to report data concerning the demographics, socioeconomic status, and health characteristics for Post-911 Veterans by Veteran status. June 15, 2017
VA released Profile of Veterans: 2015 This profile shows the demographics and socioeconomic characteristics of Veterans by gender, race and ethnicity. It compares men to women Veterans; men and women Veterans to men and women non-Veterans; and minority Veterans to minority non-Veterans. This report uses data from the 2015 American Community Survey Public Use Microdata Sample. April 13, 2017
VA released Mortality Rates and Life Expectancy of Veterans from 1980 to 2014 This report generates estimates of mortality rates and life expectancy for Veterans for ages 20 to 85, in the 10 to 15 year periods population. The report also estimates the education and income differentials in life expectancy for Veterans in 2011 to 2014. April 11, 2017
VA released Veteran Households with Children a spreadsheet broken out by state and county for 2015 located on the Quickfacts page under the General Interests category. This spreadsheet is the first time that VA has identified Veteran Households with and without children at the state and county levels. April 4, 2017
VA released Veteran Households with Children for 2015 located on the Maps page under the Miscellaneous category. This map is the first time that VA has identified Veteran Households with children at the county level. March 9, 2017
VA released Minority Veterans Report located on the Reports page under the Utilization of VA Benefits & Services category. This report is the first comprehensive report that chronicles the history of racial and ethnic minorities in the military and as Veterans, profiles characteristics of minority Veterans in 2014, illustrates how minority Veterans utilized some of the major benefits and services offered by the VA.
March 7, 2017
VA released Employment of Veterans in the Federal Executive Branch, FY 2015 located on the Quickfacts page under the General Interest category. This quick facts summarizes the Veteran new hires into the Federal government by disabled and by 30 percent and higher disabled groups for 2008 to 2015. It shows the Veteran new hires by agency for 2015 and it also shows the Veterans by occupation for 2015.
February 15, 2017
VA released Women Veteran Report:2015 located on the Reports page under the Utilization of VA Benefits and Services category. This report summarizes the history of women Veterans in the military and as Veterans. It profiles the characteristics of women Veterans in 2015, and illustrates how women Veterans used some of the major benefits and services that are offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
February 6, 2017
Note: You may need to visit the VA Viewer Software page to view the documents available on this page. To download any of the tables on this page, right click on the associated link and select “Save Target As.” Then, save the document to the location of your choice.