The size of Australia vs. USA

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People have often been surprised when I say Australia is almost the same size as the US. Here is a map overlay of the two countries.  Of course this is only the mainland of the USA and does not include Alaska and Hawaii.

So many people visit this post and I was just wondering who everyone is.   Please leave a post and let me know who you are and where are you from?

Additionally, I added an abstract painting I did that (not by intent) resembles the rock, Uluru in Australia.  visit my website:

Enjoy the discussions about the map!



Australia is the part outlined in red.

165 Responses to “The size of Australia vs. USA”

  1. Sherri Johnson Says:

    I am a teacher in Indiana USA. I was in AU in June thanks to a grant I received to study Aboriginal Art and visit Sydney. Loved it!

    • petergrantfineart Says:

      Thanks for commenting. I’m sure you had a wonderful trip. A great opportunity. Yes, it is a very neat country.
      I look forward to a return visit.

      • Jorge henriquez Says:

        size of The USA 3.794 million sq miles (9.827 million km²)
        Size of australia 2.97 million sq miles (7.692 million km²)
        This should really tell the story. The shape of australia makes it look bigger than what it really is!!!

      • Amars Says:

        Jorge you have to remember that the USA includes Alaska and Hawaii!!! So this compares the size of Australia to mainland USA

      • petergrantfineart Says:

        Please enjoy the art on the blog as well. 🙂

  2. Donna Trevithick Says:

    Thank you for you’re interesting and informative work on Australia. I live in Australia now, once from Cornwall in England. From the very small to the very mighty!

  3. J Says:

    I’m an Australian living in the US I like to show them this image to shock them into realising that they aren’t so big in comparison.

    • Jorge henriquez Says:

      size of The USA 3.794 million sq miles (9.827 million km²)
      Size of australia 2.97 million sq miles (7.692 million km²)
      This should really tell the story. The shape of australia makes it look bigger than what it really is!!!

    • Jeff in VA Says:

      The overlay does leave out Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico.

  4. GaryQ Says:

    I show all my Couchsurfers this postcard and the one showing the map of Australia overlayed on Europe – very handy when you have American tourists with their 7 day vacation time thinking they can drive from Sydney to Melbourne, do the Great Ocean Road, up to Ayers Rock and then pop across the Great Barrier Reef…

    Sure, bring your Rocket Car!

  5. B. J. Willliams Says:

    Pensacola, FL, corresponding with an e-mail friend in Perth who directed me here.

  6. alex Says:

    Hey… Inquiring, because I’m from the States, living in Greece… People ask which is larger the U.S. or Australia??? 🙂

    • caz Says:

      USA is the 4th largest country, Australia is the 6th (Brazil is 5th)

      • kindheart Says:

        Actually you have it backwards. It is 4th in size; it becomes 3rd
        when you include territorial waters which is 12 nautical miles from each coastal line. Most comparisons do not include this when looking at size of country.

      • kindheart Says:

        Oops, I posted on the wrong comment. This wasn’t meant
        for you. I meant to post it below. Your comment I agreed with!

  7. Susan Says:

    Hoping to do a road trip across the U.S.A west/east but also want to see places on each coast. Still figuring out if it will be possible, how long, & how much. From Perth, Western Australia

  8. Shelley Says:

    Just back from holiday in AU visiting in-laws. I’m originally from Oklahoma, but now live near Newcastle-upon-Tyne in NE England. Very useful map; explains why train journey from Sydney to Melbourne took 12 hours!

    • Roj Says:

      the exact opposite happened to us in Ireland
      we thought 100ks would take about an hour like it does in Western Australia. It 4 hours with the tiny roads,dense traffic and stock on the road. Possible to drive in the outback for 4 hours and not see another vehicle

  9. Shelley Says:

    Oh, and BTW I’ve used your map on a post I’ve drafted…with full credit to your website. Let me know if you aren’t happy with this.

  10. joanne Says:

    I am also an Aussie living in the USA, San Diego to be precise. People often ask me how how big Australia is compared to America and I just wanted to make sure I was giving them the right information – thanks!

  11. chandra Says:

    Goodday Peter,

    This morning a friend of mine from US told me that Australia was only half the size of US which I could not believe. Hence started searching for the size comparison of these two countries.
    Liked your super-imposed map which now gives me an idea of what is Australia’s size in comparison to US.
    Cheers mate…

  12. nywoman Says:

    Live in NYC and am about to visit Australia. I thought it was larger than the USA. Great map………

  13. JH Says:

    I’m an American girl who’s gonna marry an Aussie!

  14. Charlie Says:

    Killing time & watching the SPEED channel; Ausi V8 Supercars and … the question pops up. Our guess, having never been there, was 25% of USA … MAX!

  15. Pamela Bennett Says:

    I live in Melbourne Australia but was born in Ohio, I’m also a Kiwi(New Zealander), so I call myself a Kwankaroo. I love seeing this perspective of the sizes of the 2 countries but some of my Yank friends are argueing that US has more than a million acres than Australia and it’s just not worth the time. Maybe with Alaska and Hawaii that is true? I don’t know. Anyway…. thanx for this, Peter.

  16. Nan Lewis Says:

    I’m from Indiana USA watching Dirty Jobs Down Under. Didn’t realize Austrailia was so big. Amazing island/country/continent!

  17. David McCauslin Says:

    I am from Michigan, USA, getting ready to go meet my girlfriend’s relatives in the Gold Coast are of Australia. I also have friends and family all over Oz, from Perth to Melbourne, to Sydney to Rockhampton.
    Wonderful point of reference! Thank you! I will share this with my family here so they know!

  18. Deb Says:

    Thank you for sharing! I lived in Oz as an exchange student in high school and am planning a trip with my kids one day. 🙂

  19. Shane, Melbourne, Auz. Says:

    Aussie here, was looking for a comparison map for friend in Canada. I was in Vegas last year & overheard a guy say to his girlfriend, who was really wanting to come to here
    “Australia? yeah a week should be enough to see it all”
    I nearly burst out laughing.

  20. Craig White Says:

    G’Day Peter,, I am an American who lives in Atlanta GA looking to move down with my company. I have an Aussie girlfriend who will one day be my wife. I find that the “family” and “friendliness” in Oz is a welcome relief to the “me, me, me” of American life.


  21. big bubba Says:

    You forgot Alaska though!

    • KingRob Says:

      When you are done puffing yourself up, you will realise that there isn’t any point showing Alaska, Hawaii or the Virgin Islands (much like there is no point showing the smaller territories of Australia). The purpose of the article is simply to show the size of Australia to something some people would be able to relate too (such as the USA Mainland) as some people clearly can not read a globe or atlas if they are surprised (or have to demand the inclusion of a smaller territory to make themselves feel better).

    • Gero Says:

      Oh ok, let’s call it ‘mainland USA’ and add ‘almost’ to deal with the sensibilities of those who don’t like the idea of Oz being ‘almost’ the size of USA. Great map & handy during Qld floods to explain to an American friend who thought Qld was the size of the New Orleans.

  22. Connie O. Says:

    Your map overlay leaves out Alaska and Hawaii. And the US is the third largest country in land size, not fourth. Coincidentally it’s also the third largest in population behind China and India.

    • kindheart Says:

      Actually, you have it backwards. The US is the fourth largest country. It becomes the third largest when you include territorial waters which is 12 nautical miles out from each coast.

    • kindheart Says:

      Size calculations, however, do include inland waters, which makes sense.

      It makes me laugh when Americans try to claim they are the third largest country IF you subtract the lakes and rivers inside the country. To the rest of us, it just looks like you’re grasping at straws. Sorry to break it to you, even if you want to look at land mass alone and exclude other criteria, then you’re still fourth as Antarctica bumps you down.

      • KingRob Says:

        Refreshing to see someone who does research and knows their stuff! Kindheart …. you’re a babe! Keep up the good work. People like you give me hope.

  23. joe Says:

    NYC, I googled how long it would take to drive from Brisbane to Sydney and was surprised it would take 11 hrs (not 2 like I assumed haha)! I googled the comparison and your site came up, really interesting! Def learned something today.

  24. GB Says:

    Resolving a question in my mind, thank you

  25. Dave Says:

    Live in LA and wanted to see how close the eclipse is coming to a friend in Brisbane. Not very. Told him to stare into the sun anyway.

  26. bernard Says:

    Your map answers exactly my question. thank you. I live near Geneva, switzerland…. Cheers

  27. Flora Says:

    This size comparison mainly deals with the continental United States, which is still informative! People tend to forget about Alaska which is about half the size of the US..

    • Flora Says:

      I’m correcting myself. Not half, but apparently 1/5 of the US. Still pretty big for just one state!

      • KingRob Says:

        Keep puffing yourself up there mate. After all we don’t want you to miss the educational side of this article – which is just simply to give you an idea of the size of Australia. Besides, Canada is bigger than all of the USA combined.

    • kindheart Says:

      This is precisely why it makes sense. When comparing continental US to Australia, the comparison is pretty accurate. Australia is just ~95% the size of continental US. 7.69 mil km2 /8.08 mil km2.

  28. Eric Politz Says:

    My name is Eric. I’m from the whitest town in America. (Parkersburg, WV)

  29. jenniluna13 Says:

    I live in Los Angeles and have online friends in Australia. Just saw a comparison of Australia and Europe, and was curious… and surprised! Thought Australia was big, but not that big!!

  30. Alli Says:

    Living in West Palm Beach, Fl, from Boston Ma… Wishing I was in Australia!

  31. Robin Says:

    From Oregon in the US and heard a radio broadcaster state that Australia was about the same size as the continental US. That surprised me and now looking at your image, I see just how large it is. Thanks for the excellent graphic!

  32. Chris & Tanya from Boulder, CO Says:

    Great graphic. Can’t believe they’re the same area.

  33. Kim Says:

    American living in Perth, Western Australia. I realize how big Oz is when we decide to go somewhere. Perth is considered the largest most isolated city in the world. When I get on a plane and the closest large city is a 4-5 hour flight I realize how isolated I am. Australia is beautiful but I do miss the Good ole USA.

  34. Samantha Wetter Says:

    Fun image however slightly misleading as it omits Americas largest state, Alaska. In area the US is third while Australia is sixth not exactly close as close in size as your image would imply.

    • petergrantfineart Says:

      Thanks for your input. Hopefully, you had the opportunity to visit the rest of my blog and see some of my artwork on the website.

      I have been engaged with duties as the Huntsville Art League President and now need to devote more of my time to my own art work. I will be painting a series of small horse paintings in the coming months. Please check back to the blog to see my progress. I’m very excited about putting time back into painting.

  35. sergio Says:

    Australia is great. I stayed in Sydney by Chinatown and had really good food. There are so many parts -Potts Point, Kings Crsoss, The Rocks, Darling Harbour-about Sydney that make it a great city.

    Don’t forget about Bondi beach. Really nice clear sand and see through ocean water. Very clean as well.

    The people were great. I can say they like americans. I would go back in a heartbeat.

  36. Nicole Says:

    Mississippi, watching Nova’s “Australia’s first 4billion years” series. Thanks for the map.

  37. Kyle Grimes Says:

    Thank you. Your blog gave an instant answer to a “wondering” question!

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  39. Molly Dockett Says:

    Thanks Peter… we are holidaying in the USA from Australia at the moment… very few know it’s shape, far less it’s size… per population … it is amazing… I’m sure my mates will enjoy seeing this, thanks heaps ….

  40. Robyn White Kuchta Says:

    We were watching Bert’s Travels and he was visiting down under. so we looked up size, manufacturering, crops and other facts. I knew it was very close in size. Thank you for the overlay!

  41. Rachael Says:

    From Idaho USA. My husband and I got into a debate over the size of Australia compared to the USA after watching Nova’s ‘Australia’s first 4 billion years’. Great map!

  42. Clint Says:

    Australia is larger than a lot of people think. However, there is still a roughly 2 million square million difference between the USA and Australia. China is much closer to America’s size than Australia.

  43. wedgwood27 Says:

    Thank you from Seattle! Great idea.

  44. moses Says:

    William Shatner and Craig Ferguson were discussing the distance between Perth and Adelaide (5/17/13 show) and I wanted to verify the relative size. Your image came up first in a Google search. I’ve never been to Australia, but I’ll get there eventually. Thanks!

  45. Greg Says:

    I am a Canuck who moved to Oz twenty years ago. My Aussie friends are used to people underestimating the size of this fine country so always make the point of how huge it is. I agree that Australia is enormous as it is a full 70% the size of Canada. That surprises THEM.

  46. Paul D Pruitt Says:

    Australia is 7,692,024 square kilometers/2,969,907 square miles in size. The contiguous US is 8,080,464 square kilometers/ 3,119,885 square miles in size. That makes Australia 95.2% or so the size of the continental US. So the map does sort of make a good point…

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  48. Emily Borden Says:

    I really like the visual representation. Numbers are great, but the overlapping just helps me so much. I am from northeast Florida in the USA.

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  50. Megan Says:

    Just curious. Live in the Midwest and have friends from Australia. I want to learn more about their country.

  51. Doug Says:

    From Australia working for an american company. In US now and used this to show them there not so tough!

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  53. Yankee rose Says:

    Interesting comparison, will be useful in discussion with Aussies (I’m a yank now living in Oz) when they start to feel like there MUST be some kind of competition between the 2 countries over who is bigger (thus better??) To me it looks like both countries are about the same size in land mass. The US maybe ever so slightly bigger if you add on Alaska and the Hawaiin islands, but contiguously? Much a muchness, really.

    Not that this has anything to do with this particular post (reading some of the “so there,” comments above from one side or the other made me think of it) but after 10 years it annoys me that I’m constantly still asked (demanded of?) to state which country I “like better”…like its that simple! I mean, for me its like being asked to decide which is the “better fruit” between a Royal Gala apple and a Pink Lady apple. Both are equal in enjoyment with each being just different enough to the other to make it interesting. But at the end of the day they’re still apples, right? Lol

  54. George Says:

    My wife and I live in Austin, TX. We will be touring Australia in April 2014 for two weeks, going from Melbourne to Ayers Rock, to Alice Springs to Cairns (diving the Great Barrier Reef) to Sydney. This gives me a feel for how much we will be traveling. Thanks.

    • Jenn Cameron Says:

      just read your itinerary for your two weeks,….. that’s a lot of driving for a short period of time, which doesn’t leave you much time to sight see… 2300km + from Melbourne to Yulara (Ayres Rock), 450 km from Yulara to Alice Springs and then another 2400km from Alice to Carirns then another 2400+ to Sydney…… I live in Au and have done these sorts of drives often – this is not something I would be doing in 2 weeks! Good luck with this

      • Jazzy Says:

        Ayers Rock is called Uluru. 2 weeks is nowhere near enough time if you’re driving. Plenty of time if you plan to fly

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    Met an Austr5ailian singer at the Blissfest in Michigan and just wondered

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  57. Dave Fauser Jr Says:

    I would love to see Australia… some day! I am in Delaware.

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  59. Ken Says:

    Live in San Diego. I visited Australia a while back and I thought Australia was quite a bit larger than the USA. I guess I was wrong.

  60. Deepak Says:

    Just wondering if the central part of australia populated as much as US ?

    • Shane Thomson Says:

      For DEEPAK, No the centre area of Aus’ is not populated much at all, Apart from Alice Springs central Northern Territory and a few small towns supporting rail links and a few scattered little towns theres not much else built up in the majority of the land mass. Cattle stations, farms etc, dotting the fringes . its a lot of nothing.
      Water is the major issue, The coastal strip contains most of the population. Approximately 22 million for the whole counrty, West Aus about 2 million…

      • Jeff in VA Says:

        AU = 22M and the USA 300+M. AU should have a lot of awesome hunting opportunites. Too bad they outlawed guns.

  61. Shane Thomson Says:

    Perth , Im going to visit the states, needed to have an idea of the size for a drive holiday. Seen a similar map, so Now I believe. Cheers

  62. cairns Says:

    There is definately a lot to find out about this topic. I like all of the points you’ve made.

  63. Jared Dahl Aldern Says:

    Thanks for the great map! I work with the Comparative Wests Project at Stanford University — mostly, comparing fire ecology in AU and the U.S. — and it’s good to keep in mind the size of the Western Desert compared to, say, California.

  64. Jennifer Says:

    Hi Peter! Thank you so much for this! I am an American (from California, living in New Jersey) and my husband is English. We’ve frequently bantered back and forth about the size of Australia vs the US. He has insisted it’s bigger than or as big as the US, but I had trouble conceptualizing this – even when looking at a world map. I thought it was about the size of Texas – boy was I wrong! I must add here that I am a well-educated person (a veterinarian) but have an embarrassing ignorance of geography…I’m concerned that I am not the exception here in terms of American knowledge of geography. So sad! I will make sure I keep a world map up for our kids so they are not so ignorant!

  65. Amy Says:

    I am from Ohio, have been watching the series Mcloeds daughters on Netflix, (Australian series ) wanted to get an idea of how big Australia was. Would love to visit sometime.

  66. Jackie Says:

    A news reporter here in the US just stated Australia is the size of Florida……I think he needs to get his geography school book out!

  67. geasoftime Says:

    I was looking at a map of the world, and found Australia to be the most comparability sized landmass to the United States. I googled the observation for confirmation, and here I am!

  68. Dennis Says:

    How did you produce that graphic? I’d like to see other maps superimposed, like NZ over the US and Europe…

  69. Robb in St Louis Says:

    We were JUST having this discussion at work. I typed in Australia vs USA Map and YOUR site was first in line. Thanks!! Have a great day

  70. Jane Says:

    I think that you are right about the size. they look identical don’t they. My 18 year old with down syndrome was talking about Indiana Jones and I told him that you would have to probable go to Australia. I told him it was a country almost the same size as the united states and BAM!!!!!!!! it is. Thanks so much for leaving this inquiry.

  71. Jenn Cameron Says:

    I’m in Darwin Northern Territory…. interesting insights on the site, was using the map overlay to give one of my children an indication of the overall size comparison btwn AU and the USA , and another one to compare AU to Europe…..

  72. Ed Says:

    Just surprised to see how big Australia is! I live in San Diego, previously Austin, TX.

  73. Lynne Lampman Says:

    I live in a tiny town in central Florida and have been watching Big Brother Australia. Was interested in the difference in size when the house guests have mentioned the different areas each are from and how far away they actually are from each other in real life.

  74. Allan Smith Says:

    Great Map,Lost for words i have seen another like it HERE I’m from the uk

  75. Mikol Says:

    I’m from Seattle, and idle curiosity led me here via Google.

  76. John Cawley Says:

    Recently returned from the last of 5 trips to Sydney in 2 years. Was able to enjoy the Blue Mountains at Katoomba. Concerned about the fires and wondered about the size of the country.

  77. Cricket Mills Says:

    Wow I didn’t have any idea Australia was this big till now! Talking to all my aussie friends and subject came up! I’m from Florida, USA

  78. Christopher Says:

    Its not meant to be called Ayers Rock any more 😛

  79. fredsmithjr Says:

    I arrived here looking for a good overlay of the size comparison after getting a good laugh looking at:

  80. pixiekhatt Says:

    I’m from Pennsylvania, USA. I saw a map of the US on Facebook that an Aussie had supposedly filled the names of the states. One of the comments (because they did NOT know what they were doing) was “Why do you have so many states? Australia is almost the same size and we have like 6 or 7 states…” (Not a direct quote — it’d hurt my brain to repeat their spelling/grammar). I honestly didn’t realize how close we were in size.

  81. julie Says:

    Perth – trying to get americans to believe how big .au is 🙂

  82. rob0rah Says:

    You left out Alaska

    • petergrantfineart Says:

      Yes, I did and Hawaii too. Just trying to compare it to the lower 48. So hard for people to grasp the size..

      Guess I could have said about the same size till the great state of Alaska was added.

  83. Robert Vaughan Says:

    Your map overlay is a very good way of showing the width of Australia with the US(lower 48). Also shows area comparison. I see a lot of the comments forgot you said “almost” the same size as the US when saying you forgot Alaska.

    • petergrantfineart Says:

      I didn’t forget Alaska , just figured adding that state would distort the comparison I was trying to demonstrate.

      I should have just mention is was leaving Alaska and Hawaii out for the comparison.

  84. Bradford Grimm Says:

    Looking forward to honeymoon in AUS late 2014. Was curious about size comparison for terrestrial travel planning. I think we will go the flying route. Since I’m an airline employee flying should be ideal. Thanks.

  85. Cindy Says:

    From Connecticut. Watching a travel show on Australia & was curious on its size. Hope to visit someday!!

  86. Janet Brown Says:

    I’m from Alaska, a state you ignore when you make the claim that Australia is almost the size of the US.

    • petergrantfineart Says:

      Janet, you are so very right… However, I really wasn’t trying to say Australia is the same size of the United States, but was just giving people a better understand of Australia’s size. Just comparing it to the original 48. Obviously, the great state of Alaska changes the whole comparison.

      Hope you had a chance to visit my website. It currently being update to reflect some of the new paintings I have been working on.

      Thanks for your comments.

    • petergrantfineart Says:

      Sorry to have mislead you with my response Not my intent nor my point.
      I was just comparing Australia to the lower 48. Comparing that ratio so travelers to Australia have a better understand that in one short two week trip they will not see all they want to see. Sorry for the mislead. Check out my artwork on my website. Thanks.

  87. Lara Says:

    I’m originally from the USSR (born in Kazakhstan then also lived in Russia) – the biggest country ever 🙂 But then I lived in Israel (so tiny) and now I’m living in the U.S. Thinking about moving to Australia or Canada. I can tell that people in big countries and small countries think differently about what is close and what is far, and how to travel 🙂

  88. Jenny Says:

    I am from Minnesota and was just curious on their relative size assuming they were about the same. Thanks for the visual. It really helps!

  89. Fred McBride Says:

    So – the painting is fabulous and should hang at the Arts Council! And the US is larger than a continent!

    • petergrantfineart Says:

      Fred, Thanks for the suggestion. However, this painting is sold and now resides in a home inCharleston, SC.

      I am very proud of this work and feel the richness of the colors and their bold attitude is also a compliment to Australia.

      I am available for commissions.

  90. Jason Says:

    As an American, I love this comparison of Australia versus the USA as a map overly. Looking at it, I can see that Australia takes a little bit of Canada and eliminates almost the whole of Texas…what could be better? No wonder Australia is the best country on earth!

  91. Howard Keenan Says:

    On the far northwest side of Chicago, girl friend received a Happy New Year text from her boss on Australian vacation which led us to search time zones and weather across your country. I typed “Australia superimposed” and chose “…over USA” and you came up #1 following the 4 maps. You are #3 at “…on USA”.
    I have enjoyed the journey. Happy Riding, Happy Sailing, Happy New Year and Thank You.

  92. Firefox Says:

    To all of the Americans saying “but you’ve left out Alaska and our overseas territories” ok Australia will play that game! You can include Alaska etc… and we will include our massive secret weapon in this little battle of size, the huge Australian Antarctic Territory! USA: 9,826,675km/3,794,101m vs Australia: 13,588,524km/5,246,558m

    • petergrantfineart Says:

      It is really funny all the comments… The purpose of the comparison is on for Americans to understand Australia is about the size of the lower 48 so they can better understand the distance and time it takes to travel from one side of Australia is like traveling from Atlanta to LA or New York to Seattle….

      But it is all ok… Please enjoy the paintings…. Thanks and have fun!

  93. MichealWho Says:

    Love the comparison map, really puts things into perspective. I’m from Brisbane, Australia with an obsession of all things USA! Planning an extensive trip there sometime in the future, taking in New York, Payson in Arizona and hopefully a white Christmas in Portland Oregon. Go Seahawks (I’m actually a 49ers fan) in Super Bowl XLVIII this Sunday. Great paintings by the way!

  94. Jim Says:

    Thanks for this!
    Only to xenophobic males does size matter. LOL
    I love the comment about AUS.– ” I can see it in a week.” LOL

    There is a wonderful New Yorker cartoon of NYC that makes it as big as the USA because THAT’s how New Yorkers think of it.
    I am missing three states and Hawaii to visit and I am 67. So Australia might have to wait another lifetime to really see. But it’s an extraordinary country with divers and extraordinary people. Like with everything, like comparing one another in a shower room is idiotic, but then we are all insane.

  95. Kristin Says:

    I’m a physics undergrad in Florida USA. I was searching for intelligent information on global warming, and was curious about the freeze wave in the U.S. and heat wave in Australia, Which led me to question what the relative sizes of the regions are. Especially now that I am aware of how different nations would change and skew maps to make their country larger or on top. Although the direction of the map is relative, skewing the map is just mean.

  96. Dee Says:

    I’m from Australia! 🙂

  97. Kathy Says:

    Hi there! I live in New Jersey, USA and am reading a lovely novel set in SW Australia, “the Light Between Oceans” by M. L. Stedman. I just had a sudden curiosity about the relative size of Australia and, lo and behold, found your answer almost immediately. Thanks!

  98. George E Gilmore Says:

    Did you know that there are two Nations in S America exactly the
    same size.

  99. ross blackman Says:

    I was in Texas in 2008 Ft Worth NASCAR race. Told bloke next to me that Texas can fit into Australia four or five times, boy did that cores a problem he just did not believe me.

  100. Bruce Willson Says:

    Noticed all the oneupmanship going on and thought I’d strike a small blow for the Aussies. The Western Australian state according to Wikipedia is 2,529,875 Sq Km in size Whereas it requires one to add together the three largest American states to better that total. ie: Alaska: 1723,337 Sq Km
    Texas 695,662 Sq Km
    California 423,967 Sq Km
    TOTAL 2,842,966 Sq Km
    Even the state of Qeensland is larger than Alaska at 1,723,926 Sq Km

    • Pete Ricketts Says:

      While your at it, why don’t you mention the size of some of our huge farms, rather stations, as they’re known. Boasting cattle stations that are bigger than some small countries, our biggest is seven times larger than King Ranch, in Texas, Americas biggest farm. With vast amounts of land to cover, mustering is a serious business. A fleet of helicopters makes it possible to get around the millions of acres, that need to be covered. At over 6,000,000 acres, 24,000 sq klm, 9,400 sq mile’s, & known as the worlds largest working cattle station, Anna Creek Station, is situated in South Australia. Check it out on the net, you’ll be truly blown away.

  101. Courtney Says:

    From central Louisiana, US and was cirous about the size because I maaaaaaaayyyy end up moving to Oz in a few years. I had no idea Australia was so big. I thought it was more likealf the size it actually is. Now I know better. ^-^ Thanks for the map. Its exactly what I was looking for to help me get an idea ofthe size.

  102. Artemus Gordon Says:

    Just checking in from Maine (USA). Nice work.

  103. jerry k barrett Says:

    Neat way to show the comparison visually. Could add square miles.

  104. Amy Says:

    Was is Sydney for work last month. One of the meeting attendees mentioned it takes 7 hours to fly between Sydney and Perth. Doing the math I realized it had to be at least close in width to the US. I had no idea Australia was that large. Very interesting to see this, Thanks for doing it.

    • Pete Ricketts Says:

      It is actually closer to 5 hours flying time from Sydney (east coast) to Perth (west coast). It is approx 4000klm. Makes for an awesome road trip (as a teenager) When you do the drive, from Sydney to Perth, part of the drive will take you along the worlds straightest road. Over 1000klm’s of straight road, not a bend in the road for miles, so exciting!!!Plenty of action to keep you on the ball though, Huge 7 foot red kangaroos bouncing all over the place, camels, emu’s & plenty of huge & I mean huge, road trains overtaking you, & yes, even the local highway patrol are there to spoil any thoughts you may of had about introducing the German Autoban speed limits, to outback Australia. Even if it was only temporary. For those of you who don’t know what a road train is, do yourself a favor & Google it. You’ll see what I mean about these monsters & what absolute respect they deserve on the road….. Don’t mess with these guys, there are no second places!!!

  105. Shania Says:

    I’m from Arizona. A friend of mine is from Australia, and I asked him which was bigger. He had no idea, so I decided to look it up myself!

  106. WABloke Says:

    After living in Western Australia for two years and enjoying a few road trips across the lower protion of the state I wondered how the country compared size-wise to the USA. The overlaid map idea is brilliant, even if it doesn’t include Alaska and Hawaii you get an idea from it. People just don’t realise how vast Australia is and yet there’s only 24m people living here in total. I’m told that our state capital, Perth, is the most remote city in the world and the state, which covers 2.5m sq k’s only has 2.5m people. One square kilometre each!

  107. ChrisOH Says:

    From Cleveland, OH, USA. Yes, I think many in the US don’t realize how big Australia is (or even Canada, our northern neighbor. for that matter!)

  108. Bert Hamilton Says:

    The Contiguous United States is 3,119,885 sq miles (8,080,464 sq km) while the cotinent of Austrailia is 2,967,892 sq miles (7,686,850 sq km) So all bieng said they are pretty damned close to the same size in the whole scheme of things on this big blue marble.

  109. Louise Says:

    Really interesting fact. Also most interesting that Australia has a population if about 27 million people while the USA has about 330 million people.

  110. Jeff Says:

    Having flown from Sydney to Perth, Melbourne and Brisbane, driven to Dubbo, Nyngan and Bourke, to Bendigo from Melbourne, and flying from San Fran to New York, driven from San Fran to Denver to Michigan and to West Palm Beach Florida, I can tell you that Australia is every bit as big as the contiguous 48, and a hell of a lot more desert that we have in the US.
    As Bruce points out thee are only 7 states that make up Australia, compared to our 50, ans no-one has included Tasmania in any part of the discussion nor is it shown on the map, so adds more land mass to Auz.

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  112. Sandy Says:

    My wife and I had the same discussion and she also was surprised at Austrailia’s size. Thanks!

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  114. chook Says:

    Australia’s total land area is 7,692,024 kms kmsq the continental u.s.( without water area added ) is 7,663,940kmsq

  115. Doug Says:

    You just have to love Google, if I think of an obscure question…I simply Google it. Today’s question, based on a cruise I’m looking at, compare the land mass of Australia to the land mass of the United States…brought up your graphic. Living in San Francisco Bay area, CA.

  116. chook Says:

    Australia’s total land area is 7,692,024 km sq, the contiguous u.s. excluding water area, is 7,663,948km sq.

  117. John R Says:

    Just exploring different map projections today to get an idea of the actual sizes of different countries. The projections used most frequently, and used by Google and Bing Maps, stretch the areas farthest from the equator, making for a very distorted idea of their sizes. The Goode homolosine and Boggs eumorphic projections give an accurate depiction of area. Looking at the Goode homolosine projection, I was surprised to see that Australia is about the same size as the contiguous United States! I used to assume Australia was smaller. Your article here confirms it’s actually nearly exactly the same size. Very interesting to learn this!

  118. Peter McManus Says:

    Good day to you Peter. In answer to your query, i was curious, as many people no doubt are, how big Australia is compared to America so i typed “the size of australia compared to america” in google. Your site happened to be on the first page of google results.

    • petergrantfineart Says:

      thanks…. It is interesting the question is so popular… And although the picture only reflects the southern 48 and does not include Alaska… It is simple an attempt to show a comparison and nothing more.

  119. Pete Ricketts Says:

    Hey Pete, when I googled my question what is Australia’s land mass compared to the USA, your site & info, amongst others, came up as a answer source, if you will. So my name too is Peter & I live in Sydney, Australia (the best damned country in this universe bar none) On many occasion I have had financial reward, when I suggest that Oz & the States are albeit the same size, give or take a couple of million square klm’s!!! More often than not, this reward comes in the shape of the trusty old US dollar. With the assistance of my iPhone, Safari & Google, I am able to prove & rest my case of this sometimes, hard to believe, land mass fact. Us ozzies, when told of this information, in true ozzy form, we really don’t give a f#¥k. However, our patriotic yanky brothers, find this ridiculously absurd & don’t believe a word of it. The rest as they say is…..greenbacks in my wallet!!!

  120. Pete Ricketts Says:

    Further to my last comment, Australia, as big & beautiful as we are, most of our sunburnt land, just can’t be settled. In fact, it is the East coast that carries the bulk of our population. If you were to head West, for let’s say about 800 klm’s from the East coast, stop & then draw a line from top to bottom, North to South, this strip of land along our East coast, is what essentially makes Australia. Of course we have Perth, in Western Australia, which is in fact, the most isolated city in the world, as well as Tasmania & the Northern Terriotory. All the rest of this country is just to inhospitable. With temperatures that are well into the 40’s & 50’s (Celsius), most of the year, it is only our Aborigines, that can live & survive in these parts of central Australia. Then, if that not bad enough for you, how about we throw in some of the worlds most deadliest snakes & spiders!!

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