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Here's the country your state loves most

When the people in your state sit down to search for flights overseas, where do they want to go?

If you live in Illinois, it's Poland. If you're in Massachusetts, Ireland of course! And Kansas? Well, the Philippines, naturally.

Wait, huh? Ok, so a new study by Hopper tried to identify every state's favorite international destination, by comparing their searches (not purchased tickets) to the national average. Residents of Illinois search for Poland at least 239 percent more than people in other states, obviously because Chicago has a crazy number of Poles. The same could be said of New Yorkers wanting to visit the Dominican Republic. More New Yorkers actually search for Italy, but when compared to all other states, the Dominican Republic is their top choice.

Looking at their map below, you'll notice a clear (and pretty obvious) trend: Asian countries are unsurprisingly favored by West Coast states, the Midwest leans toward Mexico, and folks on the East Coast want to go to the Caribbean. Shocking. At the same time, some favorite countries appear to track with local immigrant populations. Although why people in Wyoming want to get to Canada so badly is anybody's guess?

Either way, check out the map to see if your state's favorite country makes any sense. Or read the full report here.

Chloe Pantazi is an editorial assistant on Thrillist's travel team. Yes, that’s a British accent. No, she doesn’t watch Doctor Who. Follow her on Twitter at @ChloePantazi.