At 59,425 square miles, Georgia is a mid-sized state — in fact it’s almost precisely in the middle, ranking as the 24th largest US state by area. Surprisingly enough, were Georgia a country, it would also be considered mid-sized, ranking as the 92nd largest country by area, just a tag larger than Bangladesh. However, those stats may not give you a great idea of how Georgia’s girth actually compares to different countries, since size is often better understood visually.
But before you head off to Google Maps to see how Gerogia compares to other countries, keep in mind that Google Maps uses the Mercator projection, a 2D map projection that sacrifices size in order to maintain shape. These map distortions warp landmasses to make them look larger the further they are from the equator.
In order to get around Mercator distortions, we used thetruesize.com, which corrects for Mercator distortions, to create our maps comparing Georgia to countries around the world, then added some extra data around each country. Ever wondered if Iceland is bigger than Georgia, as it appears on most maps? OR if Georgia the country is larger than Georgia the state? Check out the infographic to find out.
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