Special Report

How GDP of US States Compares to Countries Around the World

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Hawaii
> GDP: $79.5 billion
> Country w/ similar GDP: Myanmar ($79.5 billion)
> Hawaii population: 1.4 million (Myanmar: 53.4 million)
> Hawaii GDP per capita: $55,668 (Myanmar: $1,490)

Home to 1.4 million people, Hawaii’s economy generated $79.5 billion in 2017, nearly the same as the GDP of Myanmar, a country with a population over 37 times that of Hawaii.

Myanmar has been racked by political instability and atrocities in recent years. Following nearly five decades of oppressive military rule, the country held free elections in 2015, only to draw international condemnation two years later for what has been deemed ethnic cleansing of the country’s Rohingya Muslim population.

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Idaho
> GDP: $67.0 billion
> Country w/ similar GDP: Uzbekistan ($65.8 billion)
> Idaho population: 1.7 million (Uzbekistan: 32.4 million)
> Idaho GDP per capita: $39,032 (Uzbekistan: $2,031)

Idaho had a $67.0 billion GDP in 2017, in line with the GDP of Uzbekistan, a country with nearly 19 times more people than Idaho’s population of 1.7 million.

Uzbekistan gained independence after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, but it still has a state-controlled economy. The country’s chief exports include cotton, gas, and gold.

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Illinois
> GDP: $745.3 billion
> Country w/ similar GDP: Saudi Arabia ($684.2 billion)
> Ill. population: 12.8 million (Saudi Arabia: 32.9 million)
> Ill. GDP per capita: $58,217 (Saudi Arabia: $20,771)

Of all the national economies in the world, Illinois’ $745.3 billion economy most closely matches that of Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia’s economy is built on the back of its oil exports, and the country is a founding member of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, or OPEC.

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Indiana
> GDP: $321.1 billion
> Country w/ similar GDP: Singapore ($310.0 billion)
> Ind. population: 6.7 million (Singapore: 5.6 million)
> Ind. GDP per capita: $48,170 (Singapore: $55,236)

Indiana’s $321.1 billion economy is only slightly larger than Singapore’s $310.0 billion economy. Indiana, however, is also many times the size of Singapore and home to over a million more people. As a result, Singapore is more productive on a per capita basis. Singapore has a highly developed economy and is a global financial hub.

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Iowa
> GDP: $169.2 billion
> Country w/ similar GDP: Qatar ($173.4 billion)
> Iowa population: 3.1 million (Qatar: 2.6 million)
> Iowa GDP per capita: $53,798 (Qatar: $65,694)

Qatar’s $173.4 billion GDP is only slightly higher than Iowa’s $169.2 billion GDP — even though it is home to half a million fewer people than the Midwestern state. Qatar, an oil-rich Middle Eastern nation is one of the wealthiest countries in the world, with a GDP per capita of $65,694. For reference, Iowa’s GDP per capita is just $53,798.

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