Minnesota Ranks Among Peace Corps’ Top Volunteer-Producing States in 2016

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Today, Peace Corps announced that the Twin Cities region, which includes Minneapolis, St. Paul and Bloomington, ranks No. 5 among the top metropolitan areas with the highest number of Peace Corps volunteers. The state of Minnesota also ranks No. 5 among states with the highest number of Peace Corps volunteers per 100,000 residents. There are 180 volunteers from the Twin Cities and 232 volunteers from Minnesota currently serving worldwide. Since the agency’s founding in 1961, 6,753 Minnesotans have served in the Peace Corps.

“During my time leading the Peace Corps, I have seen the tremendous impact that volunteers have when they share their unique hometown perspectives with the communities they serve,” said Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet. “Volunteers represent our nation’s rich diversity by coming from all corners of the U.S. They are able to share our nation’s rich cultural heritage with communities around the world, leaving a legacy of peace and friendship that is timeless.”

This is the fourth straight year Minnesota has ranked among the top 10 states with the highest number of Peace Corps volunteers per 100,000 residents. The Twin Cities have consistently ranked among the top 10 metropolitan areas, and this year marks the region’s first appearance among the top five. Minnesota and the Twin Cities region have been rising in the ranks for the past three years. Volunteers from the Land of 10,000 Lakes are among the more than 225,000 Americans who have served around the world as agriculture, community economic development, education, environment, health and youth in development volunteers since 1961.  Continue reading “Minnesota Ranks Among Peace Corps’ Top Volunteer-Producing States in 2016”

Michigan Ranks Among Peace Corps’ Top Volunteer-Producing States in 2016

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Today, Peace Corps announced that Michigan ranks No. 10 among states with the highest number of Peace Corps volunteers. There are 239 volunteers from Michigan currently serving worldwide, and 7,376 Michigan residents have served in the Peace Corps since the agency’s founding in 1961.

“During my time leading the Peace Corps, I have seen the tremendous impact that volunteers have when they share their unique hometown perspectives with the communities they serve,” said Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet. “Volunteers represent our nation’s rich diversity by coming from all corners of the U.S. They are able to share our nation’s rich cultural heritage with communities around the world, leaving a legacy of peace and friendship that is timeless.”

This year marks Michigan’s return to the top 10 rankings since their last appearance in 2013. Earlier this year, the University of Michigan ranked among the top 10 large undergraduate schools and top five graduate schools in producing the most Peace Corps volunteers. Michigan volunteers are among the more than 225,000 Americans who have served around the world as agriculture, community economic development, education, environment, health and youth in development volunteers since 1961.  Continue reading “Michigan Ranks Among Peace Corps’ Top Volunteer-Producing States in 2016”

Chicago Ranks Among Peace Corps’ Top Volunteer-Producing Metro Areas in 2016

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Today, Peace Corps announced that the Chicagoland area – which includes Chicago, Joliet and Naperville – ranks No. 4 among metropolitan areas with the highest number of Peace Corps volunteers. The state of Illinois also ranks No. 6 among the top volunteer-producing states. There are 245 volunteers from the Chicagoland area, and 301 Illinois residents currently serving worldwide. Since the agency’s founding in 1961, 8,788 residents from the Land of Lincoln have served in the Peace Corps.

“During my time leading the Peace Corps, I have seen the tremendous impact that volunteers have when they share their unique hometown perspectives with the communities they serve,” said Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet. “Volunteers represent our nation’s rich diversity by coming from all corners of the U.S. They are able to share our nation’s rich cultural heritage with communities around the world, leaving a legacy of peace and friendship that is timeless.”

This is the eighth consecutive year that Chicago has ranked among the five top volunteer-producing metropolitan areas and the state of Illinois ranked in the top ten. Volunteers from Illinois are among the more than 225,000 Americans who have served around the world as agriculture, community economic development, education, environment, health and youth in development Volunteers since 1961.  Continue reading “Chicago Ranks Among Peace Corps’ Top Volunteer-Producing Metro Areas in 2016”

Texas Ranks Among Peace Corps’ Top Volunteer-Producing States in 2016

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Today, Peace Corps announced that Texas ranks No. 8 among states with the highest number of Peace Corps volunteers. There are 277 volunteers from Texas currently serving worldwide, and 7,606 Texans have served in the Peace Corps since the agency’s founding in 1961.

“During my time leading the Peace Corps, I have seen the tremendous impact that volunteers have when they share their unique hometown perspectives with the communities they serve,” Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet said. “Volunteers represent our nation’s rich diversity by coming from all corners of the U.S. They are able to share our nation’s rich cultural heritage with communities around the world, leaving a legacy of peace and friendship that is timeless.”

For the past five years, Texas has consistently ranked in the top 10. The Lone Star State also ranks among the top 10 volunteer-producing states of all time. In 2016, two Texas universities ranked as top volunteer-producing Hispanic Serving Institutions – The University of Texas at El Paso, which made its debut in the rankings, and Texas State University. Texas volunteers are among the more than 225,000 Americans who have served around the world as agriculture, community economic development, education, environment, health and youth in development volunteers since 1961.  Continue reading “Texas Ranks Among Peace Corps’ Top Volunteer-Producing States in 2016”

Central Region Shines on Peace Corps Top States & Metro Areas List

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Peace Corps is proud to announce the top volunteer-producing states and metro areas for 2016. Several Central states and cities have contributed to putting the best and brightest Americans in the field to make a difference in communities across the globe. Congratulations to all of the Top States and Metro Areas!

Top States:

#6: Illinois – 301 Volunteers

#8: Texas – 277 Volunteers

#10: Michigan – 239 Volunteers

Top States Per Capita (per 100,000 residents):
#5: Minnesota – 4.3 Volunteers, 232 total

Top Metro Areas:
#4: Chicago-Joliet-Naperville – 245 Volunteers
#5: Minneapolis-St.Paul-Bloomington – 180 Volunteers

Top Metro Areas Per Capita (per 100,000 residents):
#8: Madison – 6.2 Volunteers, 40 total
#10: Iowa City – 6 Volunteers, 10 total

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Chicago ranks No. 4 among Peace Corps’ Top Volunteer-Producing Metro Areas in 2015

Christopher Quintos, center, is a native of Chicago and currently serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Macedonia
Christopher Quintos, center, is a native of Chicago and currently serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Macedonia

CHICAGO – Chicago, including Naperville and Joliet, is among the top-ranked metro areas for producing Peace Corps volunteers in 2015. Today Peace Corps announced Chicagoland as the fourth highest-producing metro area, with 225 residents currently serving as volunteers worldwide.

Illinois also earned a spot on the Peace Corps Top States list, coming in sixth with 278 residents now in service.   Continue reading “Chicago ranks No. 4 among Peace Corps’ Top Volunteer-Producing Metro Areas in 2015”

Twin Cities rank No.7 among Peace Corps’ Top Volunteer-Producing Metro Areas in 2015

Peace Corps recruiter Krista Mastel poses with the Peace Car in front of the St. Paul skyline.
Peace Corps recruiter Krista Mastel poses with the Peace Car in front of the St. Paul skyline.

CHICAGO – The Twin Cities, including Minneapolis, St. Paul and Bloomington, are among the top-ranked metro areas for producing Peace Corps volunteers in 2015. Today Peace Corps announced the Twin Cities as the seventh-highest metro area, with 159 residents currently serving worldwide.

Minnesota also earned a spot on the Peace Corps Top States list, coming in No. 10 with 224 residents now in service.  The Land of 10,000 Lakes has 4.1 volunteers per 100,000 residents, making it the No. 6 state per capita. Continue reading “Twin Cities rank No.7 among Peace Corps’ Top Volunteer-Producing Metro Areas in 2015”