Fun graphic comparing US states to Countries

comparing US states with countries gdp

Countries vs US states

There is  a fun graphic over on the economist website which compares US state GDP (Gross Domestic Product) or population. It’s long been known for instance that California is one of the biggest economies in the world (and would rank around 8 in the world list between Italy and Brazil).

You can see it properly by clicking on here:

http://www.economist.com/blogs/dailychart/2011/01/comparing_us_states_countries

But there are some great comparisons that I imagine some of the states wouldn’t necessary take as a compliment (or indeed the countries). For example Massachusetts (one of the most liberal state in the US) is paired with Saudi Arabia (which isn’t!)

But some of them have a certain irony. Alabama renowned for holding out against black emancipation paired with Nigeria.

Or what about Arnols Schwarzanneger recent governor of California and Silvio Berlusconi of Italy?

Any others that strike you as amusing?

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One comment on “Fun graphic comparing US states to Countries

  1. nig
    January 22, 2011 at 9:25 am #

    fun with statistics- doncha just love it!
    Looking at the Kansas/New Zealand pairing
    K 2,818,747 inhabitants, 81,814 sq miles = 32.9 people per sq mile
    NZ 4,397,088 inhabitants, 103,737 sq miles = 39 people per sq mile

    K 6.6 million cattle = over 2 cattle per person
    NZ 40 million sheep = over 9 sheep per person – I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore, Dorothy!

    Now all we need is for the Economist to do a map with ‘how happy are the people in …’ linkages which would be fun to correlate

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