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

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Our maps show how different countries would fit inside Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is a mid-sized state, its 46,054 square miles ranking it 33rd among US states, just behind Mississippi and ahead of Ohio. While that position in US state rankings might not be surprising, this fact probably is: if Pennsylvania were a country, it would also be considered mid-sized, ranking as the 98th largest. That's right: Pennsylvania is right behind North Korea but ahead of Malawi, whose rank it would steal. With roughly 200 counties out there (depending on your definition and geopolitical events), that means Pennsylvania is right in the middle of the pack, and that there are about 103 nations out there that are actually smaller than the Keystone State. In order to illustrate how PA's size compares to these smaller countries (and because we love self-storage), we came up with a silly hypothetical scenario: if you had a Pennsylvania-sized storage unit, what countries could you put in it?

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 Pennsylvania self storage unit.

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