MONTPELIER, Vt. — Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine are among the top eight states in the country in the number of Peace Corps volunteers they have per capita.
Vermont is the top-ranked state, although the District of Columbia ranks higher. New Hampshire ranks fifth and Maine is eighth.
Currently there are 47 volunteers from Vermont serving in the Peace Corps.
In addition, the Upper Valley area of Vermont and New Hampshire ranks eighth nationally among U.S. metropolitan areas that produce the highest numbers of Peace Corps volunteers per capita.
The Peace Corps is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
Since 1961, more than 200,000 Americans have served in the Peace Corps to promote a better understanding between Americans and the people of 139 countries.