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

Pictured above: South Dakota storing Austria

Our maps show how different countries would fit inside South Dakota

At 77,115 square miles, South Dakota is the 17th largest US state, taking up a good chunk of America's heartland. While you may not find it surprising that South Dakota is larger than most states, you might be surprised to learn that if South Dakota were a country it would be the 86th largest by area. With roughly 200 countries in existence, that means that South Dakota is larger than approximately 115 individual sovereign nations. In order to illustrate how some of these countries compare in size to South Dakota, we came up with a hypothetical scenario appropriate for SelfStorage.com: if South Dakota 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 South Dakota self storage unit.

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