bobo the clown wrote:
Bijou Bob wrote:
Top Tip 3 - Always use Tripadvisor before booking a hotel, but ignore the reviews by Americans
Yep. 90% have no passport, of the 10% who have half rarely travel.
Of the 5% who do travel, 4 of 5 think they should be treated like royalty for being so daring and compare everything to standards they know are infeasible.
The 1% left are decent enough chaps though.
Americans often start urban legends but here they seem the victim. One American living in Europe
looked into the matter. I apologize for the length but there are 50 states. Note that only in the Southern States does the percentage dip below 30% and and only one is just lower than 20%.
One of the things I’ve often heard while living in the European Union is the tmeme that only 10% of Americans own a passport. This assertion is usually followed by the quazi-urban legend that George W. Bush never had a passport before becoming president. Which, it turns out, is not true.
Such a low number wouldn’t have surprised me. After all, the United States is nearly thrice the size of the EU and borders only two foreign countries, while the EU is made of 27 countries and depending on how you want to count them borders another 19.
Alison was nice enough to bring this data set about passports from the ever-awesome data.gov to my attention.
The data was only for the past four years, so I had to do some estimates based on issue rates and the 2000 census numbers, but the result is the above infographic and the table below:
State Population with Passport
NEW JERSEY 68.36%
NEW YORK 62.47%
NEW HAMPSHIRE 59.39%
RHODE ISLAND 54.40%
NORTH DAKOTA 48.30%
SOUTH DAKOTA 37.69%
NEW MEXICO 37.11%
NORTH CAROLINA 34.18%
SOUTH CAROLINA 32.09%
WEST VIRGINIA 20.43%