Mapping America

This is an ingenious map of the US that replaces the states with nations with similar GDP and, in some cases, tendencies.

Hat tip Spectator Blog, from fellow WordPress blog, strange maps.

In my experience, these seem appropriate matches:

California <=> France.

Connecticut <=> Greece (although the Greeks didn’t pioneer Kelo)

Louisiana <=> Indonesia

Massachusetts <=> Belgium

Minnesota <=> Norway

New Hampshire <=> Bangladesh (although NH is colder)

New Jersey <=> Russia (although Russia is a bit more law-abiding)

Oregon <=> Israel (Israeli is drier, but they’re both Intel shops)

Some matches are less pleasing.

For example, Texans are not going to be happy at being paired with Canada. And matching DC with New Zealand is going to cause big trouble down under…

Economists readers are requested not to spoil a good story by mentioning Purchasing Power Parity.

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