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

Pictured above: Arkansas storing North Korea

Our maps show how different countries would fit inside Arkansas

When it comes to size, Arkansas is a middle-of-the-pack kind of state, its 53,178 square miles ranking it as the 29th largest (or 21st smallest) in the nation. What's interesting, though, is that if Arkansas were a country, it would also be of fairly normal size. That's right: if Arkansas 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 Arkansas would unseat. Since there are give-or-take 200 countries out there (depending on your definition) that puts the Natural State very much in the middle, and means that there are roughly 106 countries that are in fact smaller than Arkansas. In order to illustrate how some of these countries compare in size to Arkansas, we came up with a hypothetical scenario appropriate to our site: if Arkansas 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 Arkansas self storage unit.

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