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D.C. tops Peace Corps rankings

The following excerpt comes from The Washington Post and was originally published on December 8, 2011.

Dont let our pugilistic approach to rush-hour driving fool you: D.C. has the most peaceniks per capita in the country.

The District boasts 8.4 Peace Corps volunteers per 100,000 residents, the highest rate of any area, according to rankings published Thursday by the organization.

And the surrounding area isnt doing too shabbily in the volunteer department, either. The DC-Arlington-Alexandria vicinity has 372 Peace Corps volunteers, which means it trails only the New York-New Jersey-Long Island metro area (with 393) in the sheer number of folks who serve in the corps.

Peace Corps volunteers even rank among the towns boldfacers. Former Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.), who now heads the Motion Picture Association of America; and California Democratic Reps. Sam Farr, Mike Honda and Steve Garamendi are among the organizations alums.

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