25 Maps Of The USA That Made Us Say ‘Whoa’
Maps are such helpful tools. You get to see the world, get familiar with the geography, even place a world map on your wall, and scratch every country you have ever visited.
You might think that borderlines demonstrated on a map show the country’s real size, right? Well, if something looks bigger, it doesn’t mean that it is. Think about it: when you compare Greenland with South America’s massive size, you will be shocked, realizing just how small Greenland is. Scroll down to learn just how big the world is. Discover how big or small your country is.
25. Texas Doesn’t Look All That Big Next Compared To Africa
You probably know that Texas is the second-largest state in the States, right behind Alaska. If Texas is bigger than Alaska, than it must be a massive territory, right? However, when you compare Texax with Africa, it’s actually tiny.
Everything might be bigger in Texas, but that’s definitely not the case outside of Texas. Africa has an area of 30,370,000 sq km, while Texas doesn’t even break one million sq km, coming in at 676,587 sq km. This means that Africa is 45 times larger than this state.
24. Light Pollution Throughout The Continental United States
Are you an outdoor lover who enjoys star gazing at night? If so, you should head to middle and northwest America, where the light pollution is substantially less than the coastal states east of the Mississippi River. Or is it?
A 2016 study showed that around 80 percent of North Americans couldn’t see the Milky Way. There is a reason for that, as geographer Tim Wallace explains. He said that some states, such as North Dakota, are due to shale oil extractions and huge commercial buildings, such as airports and power stations.
23. Land Use Throughout The United States
The United States is huge and diverse. With 3.8 million square miles to work with, it seems fitting that the land is used for various tasks. Of course, every location has its perks.
The majority of the western states are used for timber and forest, while middle America is blessed with areas for farm animals. Even the smallest areas affect our eating habits and lifestyle, as they may produce gallons of maple syrup.
22. The Reach Of The Mongolian Empire In 1279
A long time ago, the Mongolian Empire was the largest bordering land empire in the world’s history. It was so massive that it stretched from Central and Eastern Europe, down to the Sea of Japan, northward into part of the Arctic, westward towards the Carpathian and Levant Mountains, into Southeast Asia, the Indian subcontinent, and the Iranian Plateau.
Genghis Khan gathered nomadic tribes and led them to victory. He ruthlessly took over a substantial part of the world. At its pick, the Empire was around nine million square miles.
21. New Zealand Is Very Small Compared To The United States
The United States is the fourth-largest country in the entire world. So, when you compare it New Zealand to it, this island looks like a tiny blip. To put it in mathematical language, the US is estimated to be around 9,833,517 sq km, while New Zealand is about 268,838 sq km.
This means that the state is around 3,558 percent larger than New Zealand. However, New Zealand isn’t alone in its small area, because its similar in size to the United Kingdom.
20. Metric System Vs. Imperial System
The biggest struggle that the United States has with the rest of the world is reading measurements. The States are known for their imperial system of measurement, followed only by Liberia and Myanmar.
The rest of the world uses the metric system. There is a reason for this – when the British colonized American, they brought the imperial system with them. Britain left, but the imperial system has stayed.
19. Middle America Has More Farmland Than Trees
America is home to around 228 billion trees in the country. The map nicely illustrates that these forests are densely populated in the northwest as well as east of the Mississippi River.
Although many believe otherwise, the wood percent actually grew since the 1950s. Today, more than ever, people realize the importance of nature. In 2007, the then-mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg, made plans to plant one million trees In New York by 2017 – the goal was met.
18. Abandoned Railroads Throughout The United States
Historians claim that America wouldn’t be what it is without railways. After all, railways did play a huge role in the construction of America, ever since 1827, when the first railroad was constructed.
The map shows that a majority of the abandoned railways are located in the east, slowly expanding out west. In 1893, economic panic halted many projects and the eventual invention of the automobile and the airplane that would become the more popular modes of transportation.
17. Where Flamingos Flock In The Wild
People can see flamingos in zoos, but there are places where flamingos can be seen freely in the wild. As illustrated by the above map, these wading birds tend to move to Africa, Europe, tiny parts of Asia, the Caribbean, and America’s southern tip.
Flamingos are interesting birds that tend to stand on one leg, but no one knows why. They stand in such a way to keep body heat, as their long, skinny legs spend most of the day wading around in cold water.
16. Further Proof That California Is Its Own Country
Did you know that Italy has a larger population than California? Interestingly, as you can see from the map, California easily fits over the entirety of Italy.
Italy is 301,340 sq km, while To give a bit of perspective on the size of the country versus the area of the state, let’s look at some numbers: California’s is a stable 403,882 sq km, making the country 74.61 percent the size of the state.
15. The Population Of Middle America = Both Coasts
It’s well-known that most people move from middle America in favor of living on either the eastern and western seaboard to live. However, it may be surprising to learn that the population is living in the middle of the coats.
The orange represents a population equivalent to that of the red portion in the middle of the map to break it down. SO, if you are not a people person, you should live in a red area.
14. Eight Million Miles Of Highway In The United States
Back in 1926, the States Federal Highways has an expanded reach of 157,724 miles throughout the country. Each highway has a designated number that helps coordinate among states.
Maintaining these roads isn’t an easy task, but it is still done. Maintaining them is in the responsibility of state and local governments. A huge part of your tax money goes to fixing highway potholes.
13. Australia Vs. The United States
Which country is bigger, Australia or the States? It may be hard to determine that merely by looking at a world map. To help, we have layered them to get a better perspective.
The United States is around 9,833,517 sq km, while the land down under is 7,741,220 sq km. Mathematically, America is about 1.3 times larger than Australia, or 27 percent, and has a population of 328.2 million.
12. Majority Of The US Has A Smaller Population Than LA County
Los Angeles Country in southern California is packed with a population of 10 million. At least, that is the official info from the 2019 census.
Granted, North Carolina and Georgia should join Ohio, Illinois, New York, Florida, Texas, and Pennsylvania on this map. As of 2019, North Carolina just makes it past LA County’s population with 10.49 million people, while Georgia’s population comes in at 10.62 million.
11. Cuba Fits In The Hudson Bay
We hear about some countries so frequently that you imagine them as true giants when it comes to size. Cuba is no exception. In reality, Cuba fits inside a body of water.
Here you can see just how large the Hudson Bay is compared to the island country of Cuba. Still, Huson Bay is huge, so don’t be fooled that it’s a small area. The Hudson Bay’s surface area is 1,230,000 sq km, while Cuba has an area of 110,860 sq km.
10. The US If States Were Sized By Population Density
Imagine opening a textbook and seeing a map of the United States looking like this, it would be strange right? In general, normal images of the States have all borders connected.
Instead, this map is based on what the map would look like if it were designed based on the population density per state. As you can see, it doesn’t seem like California or Florida changed much. On the other hand, Alaska is super tiny, although its the biggest state in the country.
9. China Vs. The United States
China is the most populated country in the world. This single country has more than one billion people. However, it is almost beaten out by the United States when it comes to the surface area.
Let’s put this into perspective: Chian’s size is almost the same size as the US. But China is a bit bigger, at 9,596,960 sq km, while the United States just falls behind at 9,147,593 sq km.
8. Popular Coffee Chains Across The United States
Coffee lovers know that not every coffee brand is the same. Some prefer stronger coffee, while others love sweet tastes with a pinch of coffee. In the States, coffee usually comes from three popular chains, Starbucks, Dunkin’, or Caribou.
You can see that some coffee brands are extremely popular in some areas, while they are almost ignored in others. It all comes down to personal preference. As expected, Starbucks is the preferred choice of a majority of states.
7. Parts Of The World Covered By Google Street View
You may think that Google is used all over the world. However, that’s to the case, especially in Asia. Google street may be launched in 2007, but it never reached some areas.
Since 2007, their technology has expanded across more areas, including both cities and rural areas. Most of the photography is done by a Google car, but they had to use tricycles, snowmobile, and even boats in some cases. Still, places like Russia, China, and most of Africa do not have Google Street View.
6. United States Vs. India
After China, India is the most populated country in the world. This country is home to over one billion people. While looking at the map, you may think that India is similar to the States in the term of size, but that’s not the case.
The States are three times larger than India. India’s surface area is around 3,287,263 sq km compared to the United States 9,147,593 sq km. So, India couldn’t fit into inside America’s borders.
5. The Only Countries With A Population Under 100 Million
Can you believe that some countries don’t have a population of over one million people? This sounds unbelievable when you know that the world has a population of 7.594 billion as of 2018. When you look at this map, it actually has sense.
When you think about its actually rather obvious. Some parts of Australia and New Zealand are uninhabitable, while huge areas of Asi and Africa are very rural. On top of that, Europe and Canada can have very harsh weather, which is the main reason why so many people are running toward cities.
4. China Vs. Russia
Russia is larger than China; everyone knows that. However, this map puts into perspective just how much Russia is bigger than China. They overlap nicely.
Russia is still bigger, with a 17,098,242 sq km surface area, but it’s important to note that China isn’t tiny as a world map would have us believe. Overall, China is 44 percent smaller than Russia.
3. Antarctica Takes Over The United States And Parts Of Canada
Interestingly, Antarctica almost takes over the 24,490,000 sq km surface area that makes up the North American continent. This is an approximate size because we don’t know just how much ice is stored underneath.
Antarctica has a massive surface of a total of 14,000,000 sq km. This size is up to 75 percent larger than that of the United States, which is 9,147,593 sq km.
2. The Loud And Quiet Parts Of The United States
If you want to live in a calm area of the States, but you aren’t sure where you should move, you will love this map. Here you have listed silent and noisy places in the States.
If you want quiet nights, you should stay away from the areas with yellow lights. These areas are home to the largest cities, including New York, Miami, and Dallas. On the other hand, a map with darker light represents more rural areas.
1. Montana Fits Perfectly Inside Mongolia
Montana is best known for its open lands, beautiful mountains, and a very peaceful corner of the world. Did you know that Montana is actually pretty big? Although it may look smaller on a map.
On the other corner of the world, Mongolia is located, a country that looks way bigger on a map than it actually is. Mongolia has a surface area 1,564,116 sq km, making it bigger than Montana.