Cities That Travel the Most
Only 30 percent of Americans have passports, a very low number compared to Canada's 60 percent and the United Kingdom's 75 percent. Just because we don’t travel abroad, however, doesn’t mean we’re not traveling within our vast country. From mountains to oceans to deserts, America has got it all -- and traveling from coast to coast is not uncommon.
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We at Bundle wanted to know which cities travel the most and how much they spend while jetsetting. To do this, we looked at a pool of the top 100 largest cities in the US based on population and examined all households which had a credit card transaction on airfare, hotels, car rentals, or travel agencies. We also examined total spend and total number of transactions per city and then ranked on a per capita basis.
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Some interesting facts we learned:
- Spokane, WA and Denver, CO travel around the national average, but spend around 30% less than the national average spend.
- Washington, D.C. travels above average -- almost the highest in the country, but spends little above average while doing so.
- Residents of Norfolk, VA travel the least in the country, and when they do travel, they are frugal -- spending almost half of the national average.
- El Paso, TX, Boston, MA, and Bakersfield, CA, are big travel cities -- they top our list for cities that travel the most. Though El Paso travels the most out of the top three cities, it spends the least: 124% of the national average. Bakersfield, CA, travels the least of the top three, but spends the most: 150% of the national average.
- Santa Ana, CA, while traveling at around the national average, spends a lot when they jetset: 140% of the national average spend.
What makes residents of each city travel? Many factors are involved. Location, finances, and time are all reasons to (or not to) travel. Why do you travel?
We want to hear from you! Tweet us @BundleHQ #travelcities. Do you travel often? How much do you spend while you’re jetsetting?
INFOGRAPHIC BY SELMA-RACHEL SWIRE