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The Dallas metro area claimed the No. 2 position by balancing affordability with a dynamic economy, which offers both a large number and variety of jobs for veterans. Dallas housing prices have remained stable throughout the recent housing downturn and are still attractive at a $123,741 median price. As the seventh largest metro area in the U.S., "Big D" has plenty of resources for its residents including major hospitals, an international airport hub plus recreational and cultural amenities. And like other places that are benefiting from the recent boom in oil and gas exploration and development, the Dallas economy is thriving with an unemployment rate of 6.2% and job growth of 2.9% over the last year.