It’s Veterans Day in the US, and the Facebook data team took a look at the connections made by the military community on Facebook.

Connections
People in the US who have listed one of the branches of the military as a past or present employer:

  • 4 million people on Facebook are veterans or active duty members
  • 12.5 million people on Facebook are family members of a veteran or an active duty member
  • 242 million people on Facebook are friends with one or more veterans or active duty members

Top states by vet distribution
States with the highest proportion of monthly active people who list themselves as veterans or active duty members:

  1. Hawaii
  2. Alaska
  3. Virginia
  4. North Carolina
  5. South Carolina
  6. North Dakota
  7. Colorado
  8. Georgia
  9. Washington, D.C.
  10. Kansas

Interests
Pages veterans and military personnel like more, relative to non-veterans:

Music

  1. Metallica
  2. Linkin Park
  3. AC/DC
  4. Johnny Cash
  5. Disturbed
  6. Eminem
  7. Pink Floyd
  8. System of a Down
  9. Five Finger Punch
  10. Korn

Movies

  1. The Hangover
  2. 300
  3. Boondock Saints
  4. Fight Club
  5. Star Wars
  6. Full Metal Jacket
  7. Gladiator
  8. Black Hawk Down
  9. Lone Survivor
  10. Saving Private Ryan

TV Shows

  1. Family Guy
  2. The Walking Dead
  3. Tosh.0
  4. NCIS
  5. House
  6. South Park
  7. SportsCenter
  8. Sons of Anarchy
  9. Band of Brothers
  10. Futurama

– By Betsy Cameron, Data Analyst