For a state with such a small population, Vermont churns out a lot of Peace Corps volunteers.

The tiny state — ranked 49th by population — has the most per capita volunteers in the global volunteer program started 53 years ago by President John F. Kennedy. Vermont has 7.8 volunteers per 100,000 residents in Peace Corps as of Sept. 30, according to data released on Tuesday. Washington state was next, with 4.6 volunteers per 100,000 residents. Despite ranking second, however, Washington state stands out: it is the first state ever to rank among the top three by both total and per capita volunteers. There are more than 6,700 current volunteers from the 50 states.

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.