You may not regularly think about how big each state’s individual economies are, but this ingenious map that compares their numbers to other countries shows just how powerful America’s $16 trillion economy is in the global market.
Mark Perry from the American Enterprise Institute created the map that compares the gross domestic product of every U.S. state with the national GDPs of other countries.
The state with the biggest economy in America is California, which has a $2.05 trillion economy. Although California and Brazil have roughly the same GDP, California produces those numbers with only 38.8 million residents, while Brazil has a population of 200.4 million.
That means that California is able to produce the same amount of goods as Brazil with around 160 million less workers. When you look at these numbers as a whole, it’s a mind-blowing look into just how advanced America has become in terms of technology and production in the global marketplace.
If you’re interested in digging into the comparative numbers that are shown on this map, you can check out the individual GDP and population data listed by the World Bank.