Monday, April 16, 2007

Percentage of Americans With Passports

I’ve often heard it said that only about twenty percent of Americans have passports. I can never remember the number exactly, so today I tried to look it up. As it turns out there’s actually very little consensus as to how many of us have passports. I saw estimates ranging from eight to 34 percent. Apparently the fact that they’re good for as many as 10 years (but in some cases only five) makes it hard to track how many valid passports are out there, attached to living people.

I’m not much closer to having the answer, but I think we can safely say the 20% figure is if not a myth, still not much more than a guess.

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