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, 2018

History

  • Peace Corps officially established: March 1, 1961
  • Americans who have served: More than 235,000
  • Host countries served to date: 141

Today

  • Current number of Volunteers and trainees: 7,367
  • Gender: 64% female, 36% male
  • Marital status: 99% single, 1% married
  • Minorities: 33% of Volunteers (excludes non-responders)
  • Average age: 27
  • Volunteers over age 50: 4%


Countries where Volunteers serve

2018 fast facts map
Percentage of Volunteers serving in 2018 by region

Current number of countries served: 62

  • Africa: 46%
  • Latin America: 17%
  • Eastern Europe/Central Asia: 14%
  • Asia: 9%
  • Pacific Islands: 6%
  • Caribbean: 4%
  • North Africa/Middle East: 4%


Sectors where Volunteers serve

2018 volunteers by sector
Percentage of Volunteers serving in 2018 by sector

  • Education: 42%
  • Health: 20%
  • Youth in Development: 12%
  • Agriculture: 9%
  • Environment: 7%
  • Community Economic Development: 7%
  • Peace Corps Response: 2%