While service members and veterans can use their VA loan benefits to purchase a home anywhere in the country, a few spots stand out when it comes to preferred real estate.

VA backed more than new 411,000 purchase and refinance loans from Oct. 1, 2017, through May 31. Below are some hot spots for the various types, broken out by county. While traditional military- and veteran-heavy areas are well-represented, the numbers also reflect simple census figures: Arizona’s Maricopa County, for instance, ranks fourth in the nation with about 4 million residents, and Los Angeles County’s 10 million-plus residents are enough to land it a spot on most any list, regardless of veteran concentration.

Don’t see your county on the list? Check out the full rundown, as well as stats from past years, here.

VA PURCHASE LOANS

RankCountyStateLoans
1MaricopaAriz.4,850
2BexarTexas3,899
3El PasoColo.3,822
4San DiegoCalif.3,792
5ClarkNev.3,297
6RiversideCalif.2,591
7PierceWash.2,083
8HillsboroughFla.2,018
9HarrisTexas1,981
10TarrantTexas1,839

INTEREST RATE REDUCTION REFINANCE LOANS

RankCountyStateLoans
1MaricopaAriz.1,597
2San DiegoCalif.1,312
3RiversideCalif.1,080
4BexarTexas1,017
5ClarkNev.918
6El PasoColo.863
7Los AngelesCalif.718
8PierceWash.605
9TarrantTexas602
10BellTexas599

CASH-OUT REFINANCING LOANS

RankCountyStateLoans
1MaricopaAriz.2,916
2San DiegoCalif.2,669
3RiversideCalif.2,124
4ClarkNev.1,955
5Los AngelesCalif.1,679
6El PasoColo.1,668
7PierceWash.1,414
8San BernardinoCalif.1,274
9SacramentoCalif.937
10HillsboroughFla.743

Learn more about VA loans at our VA Loan Center.

Kevin Lilley is the features editor of Military Times.

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