Among the world’s 196 countries, the United States has the largest Gross Domestic Product (GDP). In fact, most U.S. states’ own economies are comparable to those of other countries.
For example, California’s economic output is equivalent to that of Brazil, which has the eighth largest economy in the world. Texas’ economic output is equivalent to Canada’s, the tenth largest in the world. Each of these large (both in population and land mass) states have multiple cities with astounding GDPs of their own, but they aren’t the only ones who can stand toe-to-toe with entire countries. Even the smaller states, like North Dakota and Vermont, have economies equivalent in size to well-established countries around the world.
This map of the United States uses national GDP data from the International Monetary Fund and state data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis to visually convey just how large each state’s GDP is compared to the nations of the world.
State and national GDPs fluctuate over time, but the general trend of America and its individual states being economic powerhouses is likely to continue. The International Monetary Fund is predicting that the United States’ GDP will grow by anywhere from $5.1 trillion to $22.5 trillion by 2020, well beyond the growth of all other countries except China.