But, thanks to GOOD magazine, we can easily see the percentage of passport holders state by state and nationwide.
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As expected, Washington, DC has the highest percentage of people with passports -- almost 30 percent. New Jersey is next at 6.37 percent. The national average (2006) is 4 percent.
Virginia is at 4.4 percent and Maryland at 4.86 percent.
Interestingly in the middle of the country Illinois (4%) and Minnesota (4.3%) lead the pack.
Story ideas I can see off the top of my head:
- The obvious: How does proximity to a border affect passport issuance?
- The next obvious: How does the presence of large immigrant communities affect issuance? (Americans -- new or otherwise -- wanting to visit relatives in the "Old Country.")
- How does wealth in a state affect passport issuance?
- How does foreign investment in a state affect issuance?
- How does education levels in the state affect issuance?
- How does the presence of the headquarters of US companies operating overseas in a state affect issuance?