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Below is a sortable list of all 50 states and the percentage of each state’s population that has a valid passport.

I’m probably the last person in the world to defend anyone who doesn’t have a passport, which by this very fact, completely precludes them from even the opportunity to travel outside the United States.

This number excludes passport cards, which are identification cards that only allow sea and overland entry to the U. from Canada, Mexico and certain parts of the Caribbean, but not the rest of the world.

To get this number I took the number of outstanding valid passports in circulation as estimated by the State Department — the number is 138,675,021 — and divided that by the total U. population according to the Census Bureau, which as of December, 2016, was 325,103,000 (minus the approximately 11.1 million people who are undocumented residents and 13.3 million legal permanent residents that live in the U. but cannot obtain passports or have valid passports issued from other countries).

As can be seen above, there is a striking correlation between the states that voted for Trump in 2016 and those states with the lowest number of passport holders.

When it comes to walk with us, right, you ain't got the capacity.The country is formidably isolated by thousands of miles of ocean from almost anywhere truly foreign, and getting abroad is very much more costly. [and there] is little tradition of American exploration (aside from exploration-as-entertainment put on for the benefit of a number of some rather dubious but fashionable clubs and societies).Americans seldom went to seek their fortunes overseas, as British so often did . Further, there is a lack of tradition of Americans traveling abroad given America’s size and therefore lack of need to travel to other countries to experience relatively different geographic and cultural differences.The quick answer is that yes, the majority of Americans do not have a passport.The percentage of Americans who have a valid passport, according to the most recent statistics as tabulated by the State Department, is about 46%.In fact, the top 19 states with the highest percentage of passport holders (states where at least 44% of the population has passports) were all states that voted for Clinton (Alaska was the sole exception).

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