October 17, 2014

There’s a lot to love about Hopper, a data-driven fare finder that recently launched the Flight Tonight app to search for last-minute airfare. The company recently released results from an internal study, which pinpointed the most popular travel destinations for each state based on flight search data as compared to the national average (versus the most searched destinations for each state). Among the discoveries: Those in Illinois mostly search for flights to Poland, 239% more times than the national average—most likely because Chicago has one of the largest Polish populations in the world.

Here are a few more interesting discoveries, and how the flight searches compare to the national average (%).

Alaskans search for flights to the Philippines (465%).
Why: Filipino Americans make up Anchorage’s largest minority group.

Louisiana locals search for flights to Honduras (458%).
Why: 1.3% of New Orleans is Honduran, more than five times the national population.

Floridians search the most for flights to Haiti (366%)
Why: the state is home to nearly half of the Haitian American population.

Brooke Porter Katz is an Associate Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter at @brookeporter1.

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