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How Many Percentage Americans have a Passport?

August 17, 2017 Abhishek Mittal 1Comment

Yet again, so very question. How many Americans actually have a valid passport? This statement gives rise to a lot of other questions, arguments or any other emotional expression.

Do the Americans really want to travel outside their gigantic beautiful border?

This is the real question which comes up whenever you talk about the number of valid passports that the US citizens hold. The United States of America is the third largest country in the world just behind Russia and Canada. Though these countries have a larger surface area a high portion of it cannot be utilized because of the uncertain weather conditions, but the whole of USA has a livable land which makes them a rich country in terms of the utilized land. The United States of America has everything which gratifies their citizens and hence people do not leave their land and travel within the country happily without the passports. Forest covers, blue oceans, healthy sky, beautiful sculptures, artistic museums, rich history, amusing parties and everything you can think about, you’ll get it the best in the United States.

The Passport Holders

Currently the United States has a population of 323 million out of which 110 million citizens hold a valid passport. This number majorly started to increase after 2003. When we give these numbers it means that over 65% of the US population has never traveled outside their country and I suppose they are happy to be that way.

The below is the state wise description of the passport holders in the United States:

State Population with Passport
NEW JERSEY 68.36%
ALASKA 65.01%
MASSACHUSETTS 63.42%
NEW YORK 62.47%
CALIFORNIA 60.19%
NEW HAMPSHIRE 59.39%
CONNECTICUT 58.50%
WASHINGTON 57.28%
VERMONT 56.32%
MARYLAND 56.21%
MINNESOTA 56.14%
COLORADO 54.88%
RHODE ISLAND 54.40%
FLORIDA 52.83%
ILLINOIS 52.06%
MAINE 51.62%
ARIZONA 51.24%
HAWAII 49.94%
UTAH 49.36%
VIRGINIA 49.16%
TEXAS 48.80%
NORTH DAKOTA 48.30%
NEVADA 46.84%
MONTANA 46.63%
PENNSYLVANIA 45.11%
DELAWARE 44.93%
WISCONSIN 43.70%
OREGON 43.39%
MICHIGAN 42.89%
WYOMING 41.40%
IDAHO 41.24%
IOWA 39.34%
NEBRASKA 38.97%
GEORGIA 38.73%
KANSAS 38.18%
SOUTH DAKOTA 37.69%
NEW MEXICO 37.11%
OHIO 35.71%
MISSOURI 35.32%
NORTH CAROLINA 34.18%
OKLAHOMA 33.23%
INDIANA 32.73%
SOUTH CAROLINA 32.09%
LOUISIANA 29.47%
TENNESSEE 28.78%
ARKANSAS 25.14%
ALABAMA 25.03%
KENTUCKY 24.94%
WEST VIRGINIA 20.43%
MISSISSIPPI 19.86%

 

When we observe this data, we see that more than 30 states in the country do not even pass the 50% mark for the number of passports per state.

The numerical facts:

  • Only 35% of US population holds valid passports.
  • 66 million citizens traveled outside the country in 2016, 37 million out of which did not go beyond North America.
  • Over 12 million people travelled to Europe, 6 million to the Caribbean and 4 million to Asia in 2016.

Out of all these numbers the major reason to travel outside of the country was due to business need followed by vacations and family gatherings.

Are the Americans short sighted?

Short Sighted signifies the scope or options available with the citizens to travel. Traveling within the country is a definite short sighted symptom when more than half of the population is shy from leaving the country. Annually the Americans have 12 holidays which are consumed in short in house trips or working extra in the office. No country is the same, everyone has something different to offer and this is one this which the Americans have to keep in mind while they plan their next vacation. When they start giving themselves options they would indeed try and travel to some more beautiful and artistic places around the globe and not only in the Northern America.

May be for the US citizens traveling outside the country is more time consuming and expensive, but they need to understand that it would cost them almost similar to what they end up spending in the United States. Yes, time consuming is a point to be emphasized on, but travel gives you experience which is never time consuming and this is like a recommendation for the people of America who should hop on to the entire globe. Today, online portals are in abundance, they provide you with the cheapest of traveling fares as well as economical accommodations around the world are available.

The numbers of citizens with valid passports are immensely increasing year after year. The American citizens are now travelling to the different parts of the world. After the year 2000 over 75 million new passports have been issued to the US populace. Recommending the USA to leave their space and think beyond their borders. Since the passport is also an important identity descriptive proof, the states with less than 35% of passport holders should try and pull up their socks are try and roam around the world.

Abhishek Mittal

Abhishek Mittal

Content Writer at FareMachine
Travel Writer and blogger.
Inspired by solo travel.
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One thought on “How Many Percentage Americans have a Passport?

  1. Great perspective on American citizens and their willingness to travel outside of the United States. Since Millennials are being encouraged to travel more, I would be curious to know the
    age demographic breakdown of those 110 million citizens who do have a passport

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