Maps That Show Us A New Perspective

Like a side-view mirror, sometimes on maps, things look bigger to us than they actually appear. Think about it; a world map shows Greenland as this giant landmass the size of South America when really it’s quite tiny, comparatively speaking.

Then there is the Mongolian Empire, a massive region conquering of over nine million square miles. But what does that area look like on a map when compared to the rest of the world? Don’t worry; these maps will shed light on the true scope of things and may even help you obtain a more worldly perspective.

Red Features A Total Population Greater Than The Gray

As you can clearly see by this map, Americans tend to favor the coastal states, considering the red areas represent a greater population than that of the gray area. With a vast majority of “red” being in southern California, it seems as though people flock to the west coast for the lifestyle: the promise of year-round summer.Red Features A Total Population Greater Than The Grey


Then, some favor the eastern seaboard, enjoying the lifestyles of New Englanders and the tri-state area. What we can conclude from the map is that the colder and more rural states aren’t on the “move-to” list for many of the 328.2 million Americans.

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New Zealand Is Very Small Compared To The United States

Since the United States is the fourth-largest country in the entire world, it’s no surprise that when New Zealand is put on top of it, the island looks like a tiny blip in comparison. To put it in mathematical language, the US is estimated to be around 9,833,517 sq km, while New Zealand is about 268,838 sq km.New Zealand Is Very Small Compared To The United States


This makes the United States around 3,558 percent larger than the southwestern Pacific country of New Zealand! Thankfully, New Zealand isn’t alone in its small area, being similar in size to the United Kingdom.

Greenland Looks Tiny Next To South America

If you’re like us, then when you look at a world map, the territory of Greenland seems like it could overtake South America in terms of surface area. Well, we’re here to tell you that is not the case, and this map should put their respective sizes into perspective.Greenland Looks Tiny Next To South America


Let’s start with Greenland. The island has an area of 2,166,086 sq km, while the continent of South America comes in at a whopping 17,840,000 sq km. That, folks, tells us that South America is a solid 8.2 times larger than the northern territory.

aps That Show Us A New Perspective

Texas Doesn’t Look All That Big Next Compared To Africa

While Texas is the second-largest state in the United States by area, right behind Alaska, it is nothing in comparison to the world’s second-largest continent, Africa. Everything might be bigger in Texas, but when the state is dropped down on top of Africa, it looks about as big as one of the countries– which is still impressive!Texas Doesn't Look All That Big Next To Africa


To put it in a bit of perspective for those who enjoy numbers, Africa has an area of 30,370,000 sq km, while Texas doesn’t even break one million sq km, coming in at 676,587 sq km. This means Africa is 45 times larger than the state!

Light Pollution Throughout The Continental United States

If you’re an outdoor lover who enjoys star gazing at night, we recommend venturing to middle and northwest America, where the light pollution is substantially less than the coastal states east of the Mississippi River. Sadly, according to a 2016 study, scientists estimate that around 80 percent of North Americans can’t see the Milky Way.Light Pollution Throughout The Continental United States


But, as geographer Tim Wallace has mentioned, a majority of the states with random light output, such as North Dakota, are due to shale oil extractions and huge commercial buildings, such as airports and power stations.

Metric System Vs. Imperial System

One of the age-old arguments a majority of the world has with the United States is why the country insists on staying with the imperial system of measurement. Aside from Liberia and Myanmar, the rest of the world, as you can see by the gray masses, use the metric system.Metric System Vs. Imperial System

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In America’s defense, they can actually blame the British on the unit of measurement. Hundreds of years ago, when the British colonized America, they brought with them the imperial system. Ever since, Americans have used that system, deciding not to jump on the metric system-train, so to speak.

Land Use Throughout The United States

The United States has one of the largest landmasses at its disposal and a very diverse one at that. With 3.8 million square miles to work with, it’s only natural that the land making up the United States has various uses, depending on where it’s located.Land Use Throughout The United States


While much of the western states use their land for forests and timber, middle America has great pastures for farm animals, such as cows, sheep, and horses. But even tiny spaces go a long way, like the national parks and the tiny northern splotch of land that produces maple syrup!

Further Proof That California Is Its Own Country

While Italy technically has a larger population than California, having a population of 60.3 million compared to the state’s 39.5 million, the latter is obviously bigger in terms of area. As you can see from the map, California easily fits over the entirety of Italy, even crossing over a few borders into Swiss territory.Further Proof That California Is Its Own Country


To give a bit of perspective on the size of the country versus the area of the state, let’s look at some numbers: Italy is 301,340 sq km, while California’s is a solid 403,882 sq km, making the country 74.61 percent the size of the state.

Australia Vs. The United States

When looking at a world map, it’s hard to determine which country is larger, Australia or the United States. So, we’ve layered them in order to gain a better perspective.Australia Vs. The United States


The United States is around 9,833,517 sq km, while the land down under is 7,741,220 sq km. In mathematical terms, America is about 1.3 times as large as Australia, or 27 percent. Considering the United States has a population of 328.2 million, it’s a good thing there is so much space!

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Majority Of The US Has A Smaller Population Than LA County

If there is one thing to say Los Angeles County in southern California, it is packed tighter than a tin of sardines. With a population of 10 million, according to the 2019 census, the single county of LA out-populates a vast majority of the United States, as shown above.Majority Of The US Has A Smaller Population Than LA County


Granted, North Carolina and Georgia should join Ohio, Illinois, New York, Florida, Texas, and Pennsylvania on this map. As of 2019, North Carolina just makes it past LA County’s population with 10.49 million people, while Georgia’s population comes in at 10.62 million.

The Population Of Middle America = Both Coasts

It’s no secret that a majority of people flock away from middle America in favor of living on either the eastern and western seaboard to live. But it might come to a surprise to see the population of both coasts in comparison to a vast majority of the country’s middle states.The Population Of Middle America = Both Coasts


To break it down, the orange represents a population equivalent to that of the red portion in the middle of the map. Pretty much, if you’re not a people person, we recommend living somewhere in the red section of the map.

China Vs. The United States

It’s no secret that China is the world’s most populated country, being the home to over one billion people. But when it comes to the surface area of the land, it is just beaten out by the United States.China Vs. The United States


By using a bit of imagination, you can see that if you reconfigure the shape of China, it is almost the same size as the US. But, at the end of the day, China is just a bit smaller, at 9,596,961 sq km, while the United States comes in at 9,833,517 sq km.

The Reach Of The Mongolian Empire In 1279

The Mongolian Empire was the largest bordering land empire in the history of the world. Through the 13th and 14th centuries, the Empire stretched from Central and Eastern Europe, down to the Sea of Japan, northward into part of the Arctic, westward towards the Carpathian and Levant Mountains, into the mainland of Southeast Asia, the Indian subcontinent, and the Iranian Plateau.The Reach Of The Mongolian Empire In 1279


Emerging from the alliance between several nomadic tribes, Genghis Khan took leadership and ruthlessly took over a solid part of the world. Thankfully, after years of the Empire, a war over succession eventually led to its downfall. But before that, the Empire was an astounding nine million square miles.

Parts Of The World Covered By Google Street View

Google street view was launched in several cities across the United States back in 2007. Since then, the technology has expanded to places around the world, including both rural areas as well as cities. The interesting thing about Google street view is that the cameras are attached to various modes of transportation.Parts Of The World Covered By Google Street View


Most of the photography is done by a Google car. But depending on the landscape, some of the employees opt to use a snowmobile, tricycle, or even photograph on foot. There are even boats hooked up with the technology! Still, places like Russia, China, and most of Africa do not have Google Street View.

China Vs. Russia

When looking at a world map, it is clear Russia is substantially larger than China. But, hopefully, this illustration puts it into perspective just how much bigger. While the world map makes China look like a speck of dust in comparison to the northern country, it overlaps fairly well.China Vs. Russia


While Russia is still clearly bigger, with a surface area of 17,098,242 sq km, China isn’t the tiny country a world map would have us believe. China is 44 percent smaller than Russia, with a surface area of 9,596,960 sq km. Okay, yea, it’s still small, comparatively.

While Antarctica is big, it looks a whole lot bigger on a world map.

Left-Side Versus Right-Side Driving

Why does it seem like every movie we watch outside the United States features left-side driving? In reality, a majority of places in the world actually drive on the right side of the road.Left Side and Right Side Driving / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 /

This appears to be one of the few areas where Americans got it right, most likely because the United States was far ahead of other country’s when it came to developing automobiles for mass use.

What A World Map Should Actually Look Like

The Hobo-Dyer Equal Area Projection map shows what the world actually looks like when correct landmass sizes and dimensions are applied.An Actual World Map with correct landmass sizes

Hobo-Dyer Equal Area Project Map

This is a vastly different look at our world and puts everything into proper perspective. We have to admit, before seeing the Hobo-Dyer map we didn’t know half of the countries on our planet were bigger or smaller than we have been taught to believe all of our lives.

Japan Isn’t As Tiny As You Might Think

Modern maps using the Mercator’s Projection show Japan to be a tiny island country that looks capable of fitting inside most other countries. In reality, the country is rather vast with 145,914 square miles of land. This map puts the size of Japan in perspective by placing it next to the east coast of America.Japan Size Might Surprise You

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A large percentage of the U.S. population could fit inside of Japan. This really isn’t a surprise considering the country’s population of 126.5 million people which equals nearly one-third of America’s population.

Approximately 50% Of Canadians Live South Of This Red Line

More than half of all Canadians live in just two provinces: Ontario and Quebec. What’s even more amazing is that more than 50% of the population are located south of the red line featured in this map.Where most Canadian population live

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The Canadian population is 37.59 million and that means nearly 20 million Canadians live in a very small portion of the country’s available land. Of course, that just means the country can preserve a greater amount of its natural beauty.

The Contiguous United States Overlaid On Top Of The Moon

The contiguous United States features a landmass size of 2,959,064.44 square miles. If we were to lay the entire area across the moon there would still be a decent amount of area left over for other

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The moon’s total square mile is approximately 14.6 million square miles. If you wanted to take up all of the square footage on the moon your best bet would be Asia, which features 17.21 million square miles of surface area.

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