Today we released the 2013 rankings of the top Volunteer-producing states and metropolitan areas across the country. Vermont reclaimed the No. 1 spot among states with the most Peace Corps Volunteers per capita with 7.8 volunteers for every 100,000 residents, a position it last held in 2010. Vermont also ranked among the top metro areas per capita. The Burlington-South Burlington metro area ranked second behind Ithaca, N.Y., where Volunteers accounted for 11.7 of every 100,000 residents.
California, New York and Texas continue to be the Peace Corps’ top states, and New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, and Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana held their positions as Peace Corps’ top metro areas.
In 2012, the metro area comprising Fort Collins and Loveland, Colorado, is the leading producer of Peace Corps Volunteers per capita with 14.7 per 100,000 residents, ousting the 2011 and 2010 per capita leader, Missoula, Montana. The New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island metro area produced the greatest number of Volunteers with 345 in 2012, followed by the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria area with 338 Volunteers and the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana area with 331 Volunteers.
The oldest currently-serving Peace Corps Volunteer Bernie Cheriff (Left) returned home from Ukraine last week. Bernie is pictured here with Peace Corps Volunteer Kaitlyn Hauter and a Peace Corps staff member at a half marathon held in Ukraine.
Do you live in a top state? How much Volunteer spirit lives in your city?
Today we announced the top states and cities where Peace Corps Volunteers call home in 2011. California, New York, and Texas topped the list, while the greatest number of Volunteers per capita came from the District of Columbia, Vermont, and Oregon. In 2011,For the second consecutive year, Missoula, Mont., topped the list of metro areas, followed by Ithaca, N.Y. and Fort Collins, Colo.
Currently, there are more than 9,000 volunteers serving in 75 countries around the world.
Peace Corps’ New York Regional Recruitment office staff celebrate the unveiling of the updated New Jersey highway sign commemorating the service of NJ Peace Corps Volunteers in honor of the Peace Corps’ 50th Anniversary