Peace Corps Announces Top 2023 Volunteer-Producing States

Graphic for 2023 Top States.
By Peace Corps
Jan. 24, 2024

The Peace Corps today released its rankings of the top volunteer-producing states across the United States, categorizing states by the number of Volunteers who began their service in fiscal year 2023.

“I am grateful to all the states and communities across the U.S. represented on this list for inspiring the powerful sense of service that has led so many to join the Peace Corps,” said Peace Corps Director Carol Spahn. “While abroad, Peace Corps Volunteers share their full selves – including a bit of the hometowns that helped shape who they are – with the communities they serve. And everyone benefits when those experiences are as richly diverse as our nation and everyone who calls it home.”

Building on this momentum, the Peace Corps is excited to extend its Bold Invitation campaign, reaching out to a new generation of Americans eager to make a meaningful impact globally. The agency’s invitation underscores the Peace Corps’ commitment to creating sustainable change in partnership with local communities around the world. As volunteers embark on their journeys, they not only contribute to international development, but also gain invaluable personal growth and professional experience.

Below, find a listing of Top Peace Corps Volunteer-Producing States for 2023:
(1) California: 180 Peace Corps Volunteers started service
(2) New York: 92 Peace Corps Volunteers started service
(3) Texas: 87 Peace Corps Volunteers started service
(4) Florida: 83 Peace Corps Volunteers started service
(5) Virginia: 76 Peace Corps Volunteers started service
(6) North Carolina: 71 Peace Corps Volunteers started service
(7) Colorado and Maryland: 69 Peace Corps Volunteers started service
(8) Georgia and Pennsylvania: 54 Peace Corps Volunteers started service
(9) Washington: 53 Peace Corps Volunteers started service
(10) New Jersey: 51 Peace Corps Volunteers started service

Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs) serve in various sectors, including education, health, environment, agriculture, youth development, and community economic development. These service opportunities allow them to apply their unique skills, and learn new ones, while making a tangible difference in the lives of people around the world. Additionally, the Peace Corps offers unique career advantages, providing volunteers with global perspectives and skills highly valued in today’s interconnected world.

As the world continues to evolve, the need for compassionate and skilled volunteers grows. The Peace Corps invites individuals from all backgrounds to join its ranks, embodying the spirit of service and cross-cultural understanding. The next application deadline is March 1, 2024. Interested individuals are encouraged to apply online and take the first step towards a life-changing experience, contributing to global peace and friendship. Visit peacecorps.gov/bold to learn more about Peace Corps Volunteer service and how you connect with immersive experiences in over 60 countries in an effort to help build a better world.

Lastly, check out the Peace Corps Top States toolkit, which contains graphics, links, hashtags, and copy you can share on social media.

*Peace Corps data current as of September 30, 2023. The data reflects the number of Peace Corps Volunteers who began their service between October 1, 2022, and September 30, 2023 (fiscal year 2023). Volunteers self-report their home state on their Peace Corps application.

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