Special Report

How GDP of US States Compares to Countries Around the World

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Alabama
> GDP: $192.7 billion
> Country w/ similar GDP: Kazakhstan ($196.0 billion)
> Ala. population: 4.9 million (Kazakhstan: 18.0 million)
> Ala. GDP per capita: $39,523 (Kazakhstan: $10,868)

Alabama’s economy generated nearly $192.7 billion in economic output in 2017 — nearly in line with the GDP of Kazakhstan, a former soviet country with a population more than triple that of Alabama.

Kazakhstan is geographically large — about the size of Western Europe — and resource rich. The country is a major exporter of petroleum and minerals, and China and Russia are its two biggest customers.

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Alaska
> GDP: $52.3 billion
> Country w/ similar GDP: Guatemala ($52.8 billion)
> Alaska population: 739,795 (Guatemala: 16.9 million)
> Alaska GDP per capita: $70,683 (Guatemala: $3,124)

Alaska’s economy depends heavily on its energy sector. A resource-rich state, Alaska’s 1.6 billion barrels of proved crude oil reserves is more than all but five other states. Thanks in large part to its energy sector, Alaska’s $52.3 billion GDP is closely aligned with that of Guatemala, a country with a population nearly 23 times that of Alaska. Guatemala’s economy is largely agriculture based, with bananas and coffee as its chief agricultural exports.

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Arizona
> GDP: $297.2 billion
> Country w/ similar GDP: Israel ($297.4 billion)
> Ariz. population: 7.0 million (Israel: 8.7 million)
> Ariz. GDP per capita: $42,353 (Israel: $34,135)

Arizona’s $297.2 billion economy is about the size of Israel’s economy. Arizona is far larger than our Middle Eastern ally, however, at 113,990 square miles compared to Israel’s 8,355 square miles. Arizona also has a slightly smaller population, with 7.0 million residents compared to Israel’s 8.7 million.

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Arkansas
> GDP: $114.0 billion
> Country w/ similar GDP: Morocco ($119.3 billion)
> Ark. population: 3.0 million (Morocco: 35.7 million)
> Ark. GDP per capita: $37,930 (Morocco: $3,292)

Arkansas’ economy generated $114.0 billion in 2017, roughly in line with the GDP of Morocco, a North African nation with a population nearly 12 times that of Arkansas. Due in part to its close proximity to Western Europe, Morocco’s largest trading partners are Spain and France. Morocco’s top exports include fertilizers, insulated wires, and cars.

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California
> GDP: $2.6 trillion
> Country w/ similar GDP: India ($2.6 trillion)
> Calif. population: 39.5 million (India: 1.3 billion)
> Calif. GDP per capita: $65,160 (India: $1,965)

California’s $2.6 trillion economy is the largest of any state. Its closest comparison on a global stage is India, which is home to 1.3 billion people, making it the second most populous country in the world by population.

California’s massive economy is bolstered by its nearly 40 million residents and a diverse range of industries, from agriculture to technology.

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