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

Rank County State Loans
1 Maricopa Ariz. 4,850
2 Bexar Texas 3,899
3 El Paso Colo. 3,822
4 San Diego Calif. 3,792
5 Clark Nev. 3,297
6 Riverside Calif. 2,591
7 Pierce Wash. 2,083
8 Hillsborough Fla. 2,018
9 Harris Texas 1,981
10 Tarrant Texas 1,839

INTEREST RATE REDUCTION REFINANCE LOANS

Rank County State Loans
1 Maricopa Ariz. 1,597
2 San Diego Calif. 1,312
3 Riverside Calif. 1,080
4 Bexar Texas 1,017
5 Clark Nev. 918
6 El Paso Colo. 863
7 Los Angeles Calif. 718
8 Pierce Wash. 605
9 Tarrant Texas 602
10 Bell Texas 599

CASH-OUT REFINANCING LOANS

Rank County State Loans
1 Maricopa Ariz. 2,916
2 San Diego Calif. 2,669
3 Riverside Calif. 2,124
4 Clark Nev. 1,955
5 Los Angeles Calif. 1,679
6 El Paso Colo. 1,668
7 Pierce Wash. 1,414
8 San Bernardino Calif. 1,274
9 Sacramento Calif. 937
10 Hillsborough Fla. 743

Learn more about VA loans at our VA Loan Center.