US map with country labels

by billso on Wednesday, 20 June 2007

This map from StrangeMaps.com and BigPicture.com rela­bels each of the 50 United States with coun­tries that have sim­i­lar gross domes­tic prod­ucts (GDPs). GDP is the mar­ket value of all goods and ser­vices pro­duced in a coun­try within a year. Of course, we can find sim­i­lar fig­ures for each of the 50 states.

Hawaii is world famous, not a world eco­nomic power

For exam­ple, Nigeria’s GDP of US$82 bil­lion is about the same size as the state of Hawaii, which is also 39th on a rank­ing of the 50 states and DC.

New Zealand’s GDP of US$99 bil­lion is com­pa­ra­ble to the Dis­trict of Colum­bia. Yes, the nation’s cap­i­tal city has a big­ger econ­omy than the entire state of Hawaii.

New Jer­sey is com­pa­ra­ble to Rus­sia (US$733 bil­lion), so there’s the num­ber five slot.

Texas is num­ber two: it matches up to Canada, which is the #10 coun­try at US$1.08 trillion.

USA GDP map cropped

In the num­ber one slot: Cal­i­for­nia, which matches up to France’s GDP of US$2.15 trillion.

As noted in the arti­cle, a map based on per capita GDP would look very dif­fer­ent. Most of the US states have smaller pop­u­la­tions than their GDP equivalents.

Thanks to Boing Boing for links!

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