Flyover States 2019

In the United States, some travelers use the term “flyover states” to describe a specific region of the United States. Although some people define the term differently, it’s commonly defined as the interior region or geographic center of the United States located between the East and West Coasts.

These states are known as flyover states because when traveling from coast to coast, most travelers fly over these states without touching down. The term “flyover country” is also used when American travelers fly over a country and view it by air without ever landing in the country.

To determine the most common flyover states, ChampionTraveler conducted a study analyzing the ratio of destination flights to flyovers. This data showed that West Virginia is the most flown-over state. According to the data, there were nearly 2,400 flights to the state compared to over 466,000 flights over the state.

The next state on the list is Kansas. Kansas had over 9,700 flights to the state compared to over 507,000 flights over the state. Coming in third place was Mississippi, which had over 10,000 flights to the state compared to over 423,000 flights over the state.

Other flyover states on this list include:

Rank State 2019 Pop. 2019 Growth 2018 Pop. 2010 Census Growth Since 2010 % of US
12Virginia8,571,9460.64%8,517,6858,023,6806.83%2.58%
24Alabama4,898,2460.21%4,887,8714,785,4482.36%1.47%
26Kentucky4,484,0470.35%4,468,4024,348,2003.12%1.35%
31Iowa3,167,9970.38%3,156,1453,050,7673.84%0.95%
34Arkansas3,026,4120.42%3,013,8252,921,9783.57%0.91%
37New Mexico2,096,0340.03%2,095,4282,064,5881.52%0.63%
38Nebraska1,940,9190.60%1,929,2681,829,5366.09%0.58%
47South Dakota892,6311.18%882,235816,1659.37%0.27%
52Wyoming572,381-0.93%577,737564,4831.40%0.17%