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

Pictured above: Massachusetts storing El Salvador

Our maps show how different countries would fit inside Massachusetts

Everyone knows that Massachusetts isn't the biggest state -- in fact, at 10,554 square miles, it only ranks as 44th by area among US states. What you may not know is that Massachusetts is actually larger than quite a few countries. If Massachusetts were its own country, it would be the 144th largest by area. While that's not exactly an impressive rank, there are about 200 countries out there depending on your definition, which means that there are about 67 independent nations that are smaller than Massachusetts. In order to illustrate how some of these countries compare in size to Massachusetts, we came up with a hypothetical scenario appropriate for SelfStorage.com: if Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts self storage unit.

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