Sometimes it helps to take an unorthodox perspective when thinking about the size of things.
So here’s an awesome map from the cost-estimating website Fixr
that illustrates the scale of each state’s GDP and GDP per capita. It re-sizes each state proportionally to its real gross domestic product for 2014. Additionally, each state is coloured with a shade of green that reflects its real GDP per capita.
Real GDP ranged from California’s $US2.11 trillion to Vermont’s $US27.2 billion, while real GDP per capita ranged from Alaska’s $US66,160 to Mississippi’s $US32,551. DC trumped all the states in terms of GDP per capita with a massive $US175,253.
“Interestingly, both the highest and the lowest states in terms of GDP per capita experienced negative GDP growth rates in 2014,” according to Fixr. “This goes to show that a state’s economic circumstances can quickly change.”
It’s also worth noting that there isn’t necessarily a correlation between large GDPs and large GDPs per capita. For example, North Dakota has a relatively small GDP, but has a high GDP per capita, while Florida has a relatively large GDP, but small GDP per capita.