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.
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!