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CINCINNATI - Just in time for Veterans Day, Cincinnati has ranked in the top 10 for the "Best Places for Veterans" list of U.S. cities.

The list identifies U.S. metro areas that offer America's most recent veterans more opportunities to find a job or go to college while providing a higher quality of life in an affordable location.

Cincinnati ranked no. 8 on the nationwide list. Ohio did well in the ranking with Cleveland making no. 2 and Columbus making no. 9.

Pittsburgh ranked as the top place in the nation for veterans.

The list was based on a survey commissioned by USAA, a leading financial services provider focused on serving the military and their families, and Military.com , the largest military and veteran membership organization.

The list is designed as a method to help recent or soon-to-be veterans plan their transition to civilian life.

Researchers reviewed variables for 379 major U.S. metropolitan areas, including employment opportunities and sectors that align with military skills sets such as defense, engineering, medical services and aviation, along with the overall jobs climate based on unemployment rate and recent job growth.

Other variable were presence of colleges and universities, and general quality of life and pocketbook issues such as affordability, crime rate, taxes and recreation opportunities.

Here is the full list of best places for veterans:

1. Pittsburgh
2. Phoenix
3. Dallas
4. Cleveland
5. Atlanta
6. Warren, Mich.
7. Ann Arbor, Mich.
8. Cincinnati
9. Columbus, Ohio
10. St. Louis

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