Monday, June 11, 2007

The United States of the World

A cool map from Strange Maps:

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"Although the economies of countries like China and India are growing at an incredible rate, the US remains the nation with the highest GDP in the world – and by far: US GDP is projected to be $13,22 trillion (or $13.220 billion) in 2007, according to this source. That’s almost as much as the economies of the next four (Japan, Germany, China, UK) combined.

The creator of this map has had the interesting idea to break down that gigantic US GDP into the GDPs of individual states, and compare those to other countries’ GDP. What follows, is this slightly misleading map – misleading, because the economies both of the US states and of the countries they are compared with are not weighted for their respective populations.

Pakistan, for example, has a GDP that’s slightly higher than Israel’s – but Pakistan has a population of about 170 million, while Israel is only 7 million people strong. The US states those economies are compared with (Arkansas and Oregon, respectively) are much closer to each other in population: 2,7 million and 3,4 million.

And yet, wile a per capita GDP might give a good indication of the average wealth of citizens, a ranking of the economies on this map does serve two interesting purposes: it shows the size of US states’ economies relative to each other (California is the biggest, Wyoming the smallest), and it links those sizes with foreign economies (which are therefore also ranked: Mexico’s and Russia’s economies are about equal size, Ireland’s is twice as big as New Zealand’s)."


Leo Monasterio said...


Davi Zell and I have created a similar map for Brazil. It is not as cool as the US map, but it is interesting anyway:

My best,


Anonymous said...


Very cool

solitarioh2005 said...

Are you sure that map is right ? I doubt it.
Look at morroco economy. Its almost as large as Brazil economy.

looking at wikipedia I found out that
Moroco GDP

$135.74 billion

Brazil GDP
$1.594 trillion

More than 10 times moroco GDP

Looking at the map you do not have that idea.

I even did compare the 2 maps and I placed moroco inside brazil

Clique para ver mapa

Esse mapa não tem credibilidade.

O PIB do brasil é dez vezes superior ao de marrocos porém , no mapa, ambos parecem iguais.

Essas proporções estão erradas.
A economia do brasil é dez vezes maior que a economia marroquina.

solitarioh2005 said...

I got it wrong , sorry.
They compare the GDP to economy output of US states.
There is no relationship between area and GDP.

Peço desculpa.

A minha critica fica sem efeito