Sunday, November 20, 2011

Michigan as a Country

Michigan has a population of 9.88 million. Got to wondering where we might fit into the list of the world’s genuinely sovereign countries? Well, Michigan would be sandwiched between Hungary and Somalia. Herewith a little table:


Population
GDP
(in $ billions)
Per capita income ($)
Land Area
(square miles)
Water as % of land area
Density (people per sq.m)
Hungary
9,985,722
128.960
12,879
35,919
0.74
279
Michigan
9,883,640
326.123
25,172
96,716
41.5
102
Somalia
9,557,000
5.896
600
245,200

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I was born in Hungary. Looks like the move to the United States gained me income, land, and water. The dice-roll of fate…

I might do this for other states in the future as well. Candidates are Missouri, California, Texas, Minnesota, and New York...

2 comments:

  1. Definitely would be interested in Texas.

    This map from The Economist is pretty interesting: it's an attempt to match states to countries by closest GDP. They used 2009 data and, I think, nominal prices, so I suspect it doesn't tell a whole lot on its own, but it's interesting.

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  2. You're right. It is interesting. But the Economist should know better. There must be a meaningful basis for comparison. Money alone is not such a measure; in effect it communicates next to nothing.

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