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This Is the Largest Military Base in Minnesota

imageForEntry52 dlaThe U.S. defense budget – by far the largest of any country in the world – is the subject of regular controversy. But while multi-billion dollar weapons development programs that blow past budgets and deadlines will always be subject to political scrutiny, much of America’s annual military spending is less controversial. Nearly one-quarter of the $718 billion in U.S. military spending in fiscal 2021 went to pay and retirement benefits of service members. (Here is a look at the failed weapons the U.S. wasted the most money on.)

Though there are thousands of active-duty U.S. military personnel deployed abroad and on ships at sea, the vast majority of American troops are stationed at bases within the United States. Across the country, there are hundreds of military bases that are collectively home to over 1 million active-duty service members and their families. These domestic military installations vary considerably in personnel capacity, and many of them have populations equivalent to that of a mid-size city.

According to the Department of Defense’s report Demographics Profile of the Military Community for 2019 – the most recent year of comprehensive data by base – Fort Snelling, located in Minneapolis, ranks as the largest military base in Minnesota by troop count.

The base, run by the Army, is home to 262 active-duty service members. Including military family members and other dependents, there are a total of 799 people at the base.

State Largest base Service Branch Nearest major city Total active-duty troops All personnel, including dependents
Alabama Fort Rucker Army Dothan 3,860 9,805
Alaska Fort Jonathan Wainwright Army Fairbanks 6,117 13,112
Arizona Davis-Monthan AFB Air Force Tucson 5,995 12,919
Arkansas Little Rock AFB Air Force Little Rock 3,536 8,108
California Camp Pendleton Marine Corps San Diego 39,690 70,700
Colorado Fort Carson Army Colorado Springs 24,520 57,473
Connecticut New London NAVSUBBASE Navy Hartford 6,385 13,856
Delaware Dover AFB Air Force Dover 3,484 7,718
Florida Mayport NAVSTA Navy Jacksonville 10,442 25,013
Georgia Fort Benning Army Columbus 24,305 46,785
Hawaii Schofield Barracks Army Honolulu 15,057 34,022
Idaho Mountain Home AFB Air Force Boise 3,387 7,171
Illinois Naval Station Great Lakes Navy Chicago 15,726 21,875
Indiana DFAS Indianapolis Center DoD Indianapolis 149 450
Iowa No base with over 100 troops N/A N/A N/A N/A
Kansas Fort Riley Army Topeka 15,214 33,295
Kentucky Fort Campbell Army Nashville 26,824 62,977
Louisiana Fort Polk Army Alexandria 7,783 17,384
Maine Brunswhick NAS Navy Portland 404 1,011
Maryland Fort George G. Meade Army Baltimore 11,140 26,041
Massachusetts Hanscom AFB Air Force Boston 833 1,957
Michigan Detroit Arsenal Army Warren 127 480
Minnesota Fort Snelling Army Minneapolis 262 799
Mississippi Keesler AFB Air Force Biloxi 5,162 9,587
Missouri Fort Leonard Wood Army Springfield 12,218 23,479
Montana Malmstrom AFB Air Force Great Falls 3,242 6,792
Nebraska Offutt AFB Air Force Omaha 6,012 14,379
Nevada Nellis AFB Air Force Las Vegas 10,168 21,937
New Hampshire Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Navy Portsmouth 959 2,064
New Jersey McGuire AFB Air Force Trenton 4,510 9,755
New Mexico Cannon AFB Air Force Clovis 4,633 8,986
New York Fort Drum Army Watertown 15,195 32,011
North Carolina Fort Bragg Army Fayetteville 45,055 109,101
North Dakota Minot AFB Air Force Minot 5,625 11,031
Ohio Wright-Patterson AFB Air Force Dayton 5,401 13,914
Oklahoma Fort Sill Army Oklahoma City 13,310 26,189
Oregon No base with over 100 troops N/A N/A N/A N/A
Pennsylvania Carlisle Barracks Army Harrisburg 503 1,903
Rhode Island Naval Station Newport Navy Newport 3,269 7,191
South Carolina Fort Jackson Army Columbia 11,545 20,589
South Dakota Ellsworth AFB Air Force Rapid City 3,348 7,118
Tennessee Naval Support Activity Mid-South Navy Memphis 676 2,014
Texas Fort Hood Army Killeen 36,697 83,815
Utah Hill AFB Air Force Ogden 4,201 9,985
Vermont Burlington IAP-AGS Air Force Albany 113 266
Virginia Norfolk Naval Base Navy Norfolk 47,368 100,893
Washington Fort Lewis Army Tacoma 26,512 62,831
West Virginia No base with over 100 troops N/A N/A N/A N/A
Wisconsin Fort McCoy Army La Crosse 290 1,072
Wyoming Francis E Warren AFB Air Force Cheyenne 3,066 6,716
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