D.C. tops Peace Corps rankings

Rep. Sam Farr shows off a Peace Corps souvenir. (Astrid Riecken/For The Washington Post)

The District boasts 8.4 Peace Corps volunteers per 100,000 residents, the highest rate of any area, according to rankings published Thursday by the organization.

And the surrounding area isn’t doing too shabbily in the volunteer department, either. The DC-Arlington-Alexandria vicinity has 372 Peace Corps volunteers, which means it trails only the New York-New Jersey-Long Island metro area (with 393) in the sheer number of folks who serve in the corps.

Peace Corps volunteers even rank among the town’s boldfacers. Former Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.), who now heads the Motion Picture Association of America; and California Democratic Reps. SamFarr , Mike Honda and Steve Garamendi are among the organization’s alums.

Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.


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