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With a total area of almost 3.8 million square miles, the United States is approximately 40 times the size of the United Kingdom, which itself is comprised of four countries: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Of the fifty states, there are exactly eleven that are large enough to housebearing in mind that we are taking liberties with shape and tectonicsthe entire area of the United Kingdom at least once.

As you navigate the list for your state, please note that we are dealing with the total area and not just that of the land. In other words, water territories, such as lakes and rivers, are included in both the given area of the United Kingdom and each state listed below.

EDIT: This article was edited after it was quite rightly pointed out that South Dakota was missing from the list of "remaining 39" states. This has now been amended.

11 U.S. States That Are Larger Than the UK
1. Alaska is equal to 7.05 UKs
2. Texas is equal to 2.86 UKs
3. California is equal to 1.74 UKs
4. Montana is equal to 1.56 UKs
5. New Mexico is equal to 1.29 UKs
6. Arizona is equal to 1.21 UKs
7. Nevada is equal to 1.17 UKs
8. Colorado is equal to 1.11 UKs
9. Oregon is equal to 1.04 UKs
10. Wyoming is equal to 1.03 UKs
11. Michigan is equal to 1.03 UKs

And the remaining 39

Minnesota is equal to 0.92 UKs
Utah is equal to 0.90 UKs
Idaho is equal to 0.89 UKs
Kansas is equal to 0.87 UKs
Nebraska is equal to 0.82 UKs
South Dakota is equal to 0.82 UKs
Washington is equal to 0.75 UKs
North Dakota is equal to 0.75 UKs
Oklahoma is equal to 0.74 UKs
Missouri is equal to 0.74 UKs
Florida is equal to 0.70 UKs
Wisconsin is equal to 0.70 UKs
Georgia is equal to 0.63 UKs
Illinois is equal to 0.62 UKs
Iowa is equal to 0.60 UKs
New York is equal to 0.58 UKs
North Carolina is equal to 0.57 UKs
Arkansas is equal to 0.57 UKs
Alabama is equal to 0.56 UKs
Louisiana is equal to 0.56 UKs
Mississippi is equal to 0.51 UKs
Pennsylvania is equal to 0.49 UKs
Ohio is equal to 0.47  UKs
Virginia is equal to 0.45 UKs
Tennessee is equal to 0.45 UKs
Kentucky is equal to 0.43 UKs
Indiana is equal to 0.39 UKs
Maine is equal to 0.38 UKs
South Carolina is equal to 0.34 UKs
West Virginia is equal to 0.26 UKs
Maryland is equal to 0.13 UKs
Hawaii is equal to 0.11 UKs
Massachusetts is equal to 0.11 UKs
New Hampshire is equal to 0.10 UKs
Vermont is equal to 0.10 UKs
New Jersey is equal to 0.09 UKs
Connecticut is equal to 0.06 UKs
Delaware is equal to 0.03 UKs
Rhode Island is equal to 0.02 UKs

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Laurence Brown is a British man documenting his life in the truly bizarre and beautiful world of America. Before the end of the decade, he plans to achieve his goal of visiting all 50 United States - highlighting each one in Lost in the Pond's Finding America web series. To help fund this exciting project, consider becoming a patron. Your contribution would be incredibly useful.


  1. Oh my, such perspective! No wonder I got a bit antsy at a Brit who asked me why I hadn't travelled round the States as much as they thought I should have in 18 months. It's effing massive innit?!!!!

  2. My state Maryland is kneehigh to a grasshopper. Thou are tagged ! come answer some funny questions on my blog

  3. I'm surprised to see Pa. so low. It's a pretty big state.

  4. Mindy Helms said: Cool! North Carolina came in at a little over a half of a UK. Great post!

  5. Where is South Dakota? :)

  6. My apologies for missing off South Dakota. Not sure how I missed it, especially since it is one of the larger states. I have amended the list accordingly. Thanks!

  7. There are two New Hampshires

  8. Fixed. Apparently I'd been at the Newcastle Brown when I compiled this list.

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  10. The road links through new UK seem sparse? You need air plane to goto Scotland!

  11. This is interesting. I would love to see British people discover more places in the states other than California, Florida and New York City. Diverse lands scenery and people.

    I was in the Scottish Highlands earlier this month and thought the area large.

  12. Well, now we know what they should do. Sell the whole country to the arabs, and move to the U.S.. Kind of like how all the northeasterners move to the south to retire..... Well, we've got plenty of room. Come to the U.S.A., we've got something for everybody here. Hot, cold, dry, wet, tropical, it's all here.

  13. How did you get Michigan at number 11? The U.k. us a bit larger than Michigan. And matter of fact the states of Nebraska,North and South Dakota are larger than Michigan which you did not mention. And even those 3 states would be a bit smaller than the U.k. and would have been better to make a comparison mistake with than Michigan. Michigan would have only been comparable in size if you were just comparing England and Wales, excluding Scotland. So just thought I would state this for correction purpose only.Lol!

  14. Hi, Ronald. This list is taking into account bodies of water too. Michigan's land combined with portions of the Great Lakes makes it larger than the UK and its bodies of waters. Thanks!

  15. I gotcha! Your U.K. has punched far above it's weight in the world despite its size. Especially compared with many larger nations land and population wise.But because of certain reasons. I enjoyed your post. Do bring more interesting facts

  16. Brilliant! I'm a Cali girl, born & raised, & I've always thought of my brothers over the pond as our mirror-image runty bruv! CHEERS, MATES!

  17. I'll take Britain over any of them ❤️❤️����

  18. New Jersey in the U.S. is slightly larger than Wales but it has almost 3x the population.

  19. My God!! Just the New York is half the UK? That's amazing.

  20. I've been searching to see which was bigger the U.K. or New England, with a little math found out your side of the pond won🤗

  21. I just found this site and it looks good. Is there a way to be informed when they upload a new video? Thanks

  22. As a Britain you have no claim or moral right to annex the 6 counties of Ireland from the rest of the island in a misguided visual representation of the Un-United Kingdom. Put it back.


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