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Alaska is big. wants to show you exactly how big.

Dylan Matthews is a senior correspondent and head writer for Vox's Future Perfect section and has worked at Vox since 2014. He is particularly interested in global health and pandemic prevention, anti-poverty efforts, economic policy and theory, and conflicts about the right way to do philanthropy.

Did you know Alaska is big? Alaska is big. The Alaska tourism promotion site is particularly invested in spreading the message that Alaska is big, bigness being a key tourist attraction to the state.

Exhibit A in the case that Alaska is big: this National Geographic map showing how big Alaska is compared with the continental US:

alaska big map

(National Geographic, via

But that's not all! offers a fully interactive showing-how-big-Alaska-is tool, wherein you can place any given state inside Alaska and see how puny it becomes. Here's New York:

alaska new york size


And Florida:

alaska florida size


Texas holds its own a little better, but is still less than half Alaska's size:

alaska texas size


California doesn't look pathetic, but you could fit almost four of it into Alaska:

alaska california size comparison


Just for kicks, let's throw in Rhode Island, which has 552 times less land area than Alaska:

alaska rhode island size comparison


In conclusion, some states are bigger than others, and Alaska is very big. See how big other states are compared with Alaska here.

Hat tip to Now That's Nifty.

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