Kudos to the Northeast region for having the #1 per capita state, the #1 per capita metro and the #1 overall metro in the United States of America!
- Vermont was #1 among states with the most Peace Corps Volunteers per capita with 7.8 Volunteers for every 100,000 residents.
- New Hampshire was #5 for states producing Volunteers per capita with 4.3 Volunteers per 100,000 residents. Maine also made top ranks this year by landing at #9 with 3.7 Volunteers per 100,000 residents.
- Ithaca, N.Y. took the top spot for metros per capita with currently-serving Peace Corps Volunteers accounting for 14.5 of every 100,000 residents.
- New York was the second-highest producing state for Volunteers with 412 New Yorkers serving overseas.
- Pennsylvania ranked #6 as a top Volunteer-producing state with
270 Pennsylvanians serving in the Peace Corps.
- The Boston, New York City and Philadelphia metros ranked high on the Peace Corps’ list of Top Metropolitan Areas for Total Volunteers. The New York-Newark-Jersey City area was the #1 metropolitan producer of Peace Corps Volunteers, while the Boston-Cambridge-Newton metro area and the Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington area ranked #6 and #9 respectively.
Villages around the world are getting their first impression of America by way of Boston, Burlington, Ithaca, New York City, and Philadelphia.
“Peace Corps volunteers promote a better understanding of Americans around the world by sharing their unique hometown perspective during their service,” Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet said. “As we forge a modern Peace Corps for modern times, we remain committed to building a volunteer force that reflects the rich diversity of our country and doing more to recruit and retain the best and brightest across the U.S.”
To see the complete 2014 rankings of Peace Corps’ top states and metro areas, click here.