Number of the Day: 625,156

January 20, 2011 | Number of The Day

New York, Rio de Janeiro, California, London, Hawaii, New Jersey? Yes, New Jersey is a true international travel destination, according to U.S. Department of Homeland Security statistics, which report that there were 625,156 international tourists in 2008 who stated their primary destination was the Garden State. That rate has incrementally increased since 2006, when 484,920 international visitors cited New Jersey as their primary destination.

New Jersey ranks eighth in the country as an international tourist destination, after Florida, California, New York, Texas, Hawaii, Nevada and Arizona. The states following right behind New Jersey are Washington, Illinois, Massachusetts and Colorado. Pennsylvania was ranked fourteenth, with 223,274 international tourists that year. In total, the United States was host to 29,442,1441 international tourists in 2008.