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

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Our maps show how different countries would fit inside Indiana

Indiana is the 38th-largest US state by area, its 36,419 square miles placing it behind Kentucky and just ahead of Maine. But while Indiana is modest in size for a state, surprisingly enough it's larger than nearly half of the world's countries. That's right: if Indiana were a country, it would be the 108th largest by area. And since there are roughly 200 countries out there (depending on your definition and fluid political situations), that means that there are about 93 countries that are smaller than Indiana. In order to illustrate how some of these countries compare in size to Indiana, we came up with a hypothetical scenario appropriate for SelfStorage.com: if Indiana 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 Indiana self storage unit.

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