Fast Facts

Data current as of September 30, 2016.

History

  • Peace Corps officially established: March 1, 1961
  • Americans who have served: More than 225,000
  • Host countries served to date: 141

Volunteers

  • Current number of Volunteers and trainees: 7,213
  • Gender: 62% female, 38% male
  • Marital status: 95% single, 5% married
  • Minorities: 29% of Volunteers (excludes non-responders)
  • Average age: 28
  • Volunteers over age 50: 7%

Countries and projects

Current number of countries served: 61 posts, 65 countries

Volunteers by work area

  • Education: 40%
  • Health: 22%
  • Environment: 9%
  • Youth in Development: 9%
  • Community Economic Development: 9%
  • Agriculture: 7%
  • Peace Corps Response: 4%

Percentages may not total 100 due to rounding.

Where Volunteers serve

  • Africa: 47%
  • Latin America: 19%
  • Eastern Europe/Central Asia: 12%
  • Asia: 10%
  • Pacific Islands: 6%
  • Caribbean: 4%
  • North Africa/Middle East: 2%