This map compares each U.S. state's population to that of world countries

California and Iraq claim almost the same number of citizens.

Anna Rahmanan
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Anna Rahmanan
Map compares state sizes to countries
Photograph: Landmarker1YT/Reddit

Did you know that the state of Texas counts as many citizens as the country of Venezuela? The population of West Virginia, on the other hand (remember: that's a relatively small state) is comparable to the one of Kosovo. Most surprising of all, perhaps: Pennsylvania is the same size as Rwanda. That's all according to a map created by Reddit user Landmarker1YT.

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There's one thing that the visualization makes clear: although we might be a collection of territories all attached to each other, at the end of the day, we're 50 separate states, each one home to as many people as some countries around the world. All of a sudden, our inability to peacefully get along with each other doesn't seem so insane.

You can take a look at the map up here, but here are some other interesting observations we've made: With 744,000 citizens, the often overlooked state of Alaska is just as populous as Guyana. We can compare Hawaii, on the other hand, with Equatorial Guinea (1.45 million citizens!). 

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A single warning before you dive into the visualization: you might get lost in it seeing the world—and our country—from an entirely different but super interesting perspective.

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