Through Mike's great blog that is always filled with useful links I found the following map that shows how many people own a passport in each state of this country:
The article that accompanies this map explains that
States with more passport holders are also happier. There is a significant correlation (.55) between happiness (measured via Gallup surveys) and a state’s percentage of passport holders. Yet again, that correlation holds when we control for income.I wonder if we can use this data in the promotion of our university's Study Abroad program.
It makes absolute sense that people who have traveled to other countries would be happier. After interacting with people from other cultures, seeing how they live and becoming friendly with them, travelers are less likely to buy into anxiety-producing mythology of besieged Americans who are envied and hated by everybody else on the planet.