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

Pictured above: Iowa storing the Czech Republic

Our maps show how different countries would fit inside Iowa

How big is Iowa? Iowa is the 26th-largest US state by area, its 56,272 square miles placing it smack dab in the middle, just behind its neighbor Illinois (which has a measly 1,641 square miles on it). While its rank among the states may not be much of a surprise, its rank among the world's countries probably is: if Iowa were to declare its independence and become a country, it would rank as the 94th largest among the 200-odd nations in existence. That means that there are roughly 107 countries smaller than Iowa. In order to illustrate how some of these countries compare in size to Iowa, we came up with a hypothetical scenario appropriate for SelfStorage.com: if Iowa 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 Iowa self storage unit.

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