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Peace Corps Announces Top Volunteer States and Metropolitan AreasSalem-News.com
Fort Collins-Loveland, Colo., surpasses Missoula, Mont., to lead metro areas per capita... California leads list of top states.
(WASHINGTON DC) - In 2012, the metro area comprising Fort Collins and Loveland, Colo., 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, Mont. 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.
For the second consecutive year, the District of Columbia, Vermont and Oregon top the list of volunteer-producing states per capita, with 8.1, 7.2 and 6.4 volunteers per capita, respectively; while the greatest number of volunteers call California, New York and Texas home with 1,084, 448 and 381 volunteers, respectively.
“As numerous states and metro areas vie for the top spot for producing Peace Corps volunteers, one fact remains the same: Peace Corps volunteers come from diverse areas across the United States,” said Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet upon announcing the Top States and Metropolitan Areas on Wednesday. “Whether someone’s interest in international service started with agricultural work on a farm in the Midwest or as an educator in a big city, Americans can enhance their skills, become global citizens and launch a career through Peace Corps service.” Currently, more than 8,000 volunteers are working with communities in 76 host countries on projects related to agriculture, community economic development, education, environment, health and youth development.
Peace Corps is a life-defining leadership experience for Americans who are prepared for the challenge of public service overseas. Volunteers return home as global citizens, with cross-cultural, leadership, language, teaching and community development skills that position them for advanced education and professional opportunities in today’s global job market. The Peace Corps’ eight regional recruiting offices across the United States work to recruit and provide information to prospective volunteers. Applicants are encouraged to apply for Peace Corps service one year in advance of their target departure date.
A list of 2011 top Peace Corps volunteer-producing states and metropolitan areas can be found here . To view a list of volunteer numbers from all 50 states, click here.
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