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D.C. leads nation in Peace Corps volunteers per capita

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Local,DC,Naomi Jagoda

For the second year in a row, the District topped the Peace Corps' list of top volunteer-producing states per capita.

On Sept. 30, there were 49 people from the District and a total of 338 people from the Washington metropolitan area serving as Peace Corps volunteers. The Washington region was the metropolitan area with the second greatest number of Peace Corps volunteers, behind the New York area.

"We're thrilled that the D.C.-area continues to lead the nation in Peace Corps volunteers," said Chris Gilson, regional office manager of the Peace Corps' Mid-Atlantic Regional Recruiting Office. "Peace Corps service provides Americans with a unique opportunity to live and work to improve the lives of people worldwide."

Since the Peace Corps was established in 1961, more than 2,000 volunteers have been from the District.

-- Naomi Jagoda

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