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

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Our maps show how different countries would fit inside Illinois

How big is Illinois? Illinois is the 25th-largest US state by area, its 57,913 square miles placing it smack dab in the middle. While its rank among the states may not be much of a surprise, its rank among the world's countries probably is: if Illinois were to declare its independence and become a country, it would rank as the 92nd largest among the 200-odd nations in existence. That means that there are roughly 109 countries smaller than Illinois. In order to illustrate how some of these countries compare in size to Illinois, we came up with a hypothetical scenario appropriate for SelfStorage.com: if Illinois were a storage unit, how would other countries 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 Illinois self storage unit.

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