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

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Our maps show how different countries would fit into New Mexico

New Mexico is a massive state, occupying a vast swathe of the American southwest. Its 121,590 square miles earn it the rank of 5th US state by area, just behind Montana and ahead of neighboring Arizona. Interestingly enough, New Mexico would also make for a relatively large country. If New Mexico were a country, it would rank as the 69th largest by area. With 200 or so countries in the world (given current political circumstances) that means that there are approximately 131 sovereign nations that are actually smaller than New Mexico. In order to illustrate how some of these countries compare in size to New Mexico, we came up with a hypothetical scenario appropriate for SelfStorage.com: if New Mexico 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 New Mexico self storage unit.

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