Fast Facts

The Peace Corps partners with communities abroad to develop sustainable solutions for the world’s most pressing challenges.

2018 Peace Corps Fact Sheet
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Data current as of September 30, 2017

History

  • Peace Corps officially established: March 1, 1961
  • Americans who have served: More than 230,000
  • Host countries served to date: 141

Today

  • Current number of Volunteers and trainees: 7,376
  • Gender: 63% female, 37% male
  • Marital status: 98% single, 2% married
  • Minorities: 32% of Volunteers (excludes non-responders)
  • Average age: 28
  • Volunteers over age 50: 6%


Countries where Volunteers serve

Countries where Volunteers serve
Percentage of Volunteers serving in 2017 by region

Current number of countries served: 61 posts, 65 countries.

  • Africa: 46%
  • Latin America: 18%
  • Eastern Europe/Central Asia: 13%
  • Asia: 11%
  • Pacific Islands: 5%
  • Caribbean: 4%
  • North Africa/Middle East: 3%


Sectors where Volunteers serve

Percentage of Volunteers serving in 2017 by sector
Percentage of Volunteers serving in 2017 by sector

  • Education: 41%
  • Health: 20%
  • Youth in Development: 11%
  • Environment: 8%
  • Community Economic Development: 8%
  • Agriculture: 8%
  • Peace Corps Response: 4%