You might not think of Pittsburgh, Pa. as the most promising place for a veteran to live after leaving the service. The rust belt city is not known for having a big military base or a major defense contractor. But for a city of 2.3 million, it has an impressively affordable median home price of $107,000, a low median rent of $685 for a two-bedroom apartment and an unemployment rate, 7.1%, lower than the national rate of 7.9%. It also has three universities, Carnegie Mellon, Duquesne and University of Pittsburgh. Those statistics land Pittsburgh in the number one spot of best places for veterans to live, released today by USAA, a San Antonio financial services company that caters to the military and their families. USAA and Miliary.com, a free military news website with 10 million subscribers, commissioned Sperling’s Best Places to compile the list.
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