If Alabama Were a Storage Unit, What Countries Would Fit Inside?

Pictured above: Alabama storing South Korea

Our maps show how different countries would fit inside Alabama

When it comes to size, Alabama is fairly normal as a state, its 52,420 square miles ranking it as the 30th largest (or 20th smallest) in the nation. What's interesting, though, is that if Alabama were a country, it would also be of fairly normal size. That's right: if Alabama were its own country, it would rank as the 95th largest, just a smidgen smaller than Tajikistan and a tad larger than Greece, whose rank Alabama would unseat. Since there are give-or-take 200 countries out there (depending on your definition) that puts Alabama very much in the middle, and means that there are roughly 106 countries that are in fact smaller than Alabama. In order to illustrate how some of these countries compare in size to Alabama, we came up with a hypothetical scenario appropriate to our site: if Alabama were a storage unit, what countries would fit inside?

Of course, using maps to illustrate size is a tricky matter, since most 2D map projections distort size in favor of shape. This includes the Mercator Projection used by Google Maps. Fortunately, we found thetruesize.com, a tool which runs on top of Google Maps and accounts for these distortions, allowing for accurate size comparisons. Now you can see exactly how these countries would fit inside of your Alabama self storage unit.

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