Colorado had the next highest rate with 4.5 volunteers per 100,000 residents, followed by New Hampshire, with 4.3. (Washington, D.C., had a higher rate than all states but Vermont, sending 6.7 volunteers into the Peace Corps per 100,000 residents.) Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas and West Virginia each had a rate of less than 1 volunteer per 100,000 residents.
California unsurprisingly led the list of total volunteers: the most populous state is home to 926 volunteers. New York was next, with 412 volunteers, followed by Washington state with 320, Florida with 305, and Illinois with 284.
Top metropolitan areas for Peace Corps volunteers
The New York-Newark-Jersey City metropolitan area is home to more Peace Corps volunteers than any other, with 335 of current volunteers calling that metro area home. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria was next, with 284, followed by Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, with 263.
Per capita, however, Ithaca, N.Y., topped the list with 14.5 volunteers per 100,000 residents. Missoula, Mont., was next with 8.1, followed by Burlington-South Burlington, Vt.