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D.C.’s Peace Corps numbers decline in 2013


The District of Columbia lost its top spot for most per capita producer of Peace Corps volunteers, dropping to second place among states for 2013, according to numbers the program released Wednesday.

D.C. produced 7.6 Peace Corps volunteers per 100,000 residents this year, compared to 8.1 volunteers per 100,000 residents in 2012, when the district placed first in the nation. Vermont ranked first with 7.8 volunteers per 100,000 residents.

Greater Washington maintained its No. 2 spot among metropolitan areas for total volunteers despite showing a decline in that category. The region, which includes parts of Virginia, Maryland and West Virginia, produced 304 total Peace Corps members this year, compared to 338 in 2012.

D.C. places third in the nation for total Peace Corps volunteers produced since the program began under President Kennedy in 1961. More than 8,975 have came from the district, which falls behind only California (28,893) and New York state (13,085).

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