America is one of the richest countries in the world. Its economy is so massive, in fact, that every state, as well as Washington, D.C., boasts a GDP that is larger than those produced by entire countries. GOBankingRates compared the GDP of every American state, as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, to that of countries with similar-sized economies, as reported by the World Bank.
Click through to see which states are richer than countries, in order from U.S. states with the highest gross domestic product — expressed in millions (for example, $955,647 should be read as $955,647,000,000) — to the lowest.
California vs. the UK
- California GDP: $2,670,788
- United Kingdom GDP: $2,647,899
- California Population: 39,536,653
- United Kingdom Population: 64,769,452
There are more than 25 million more British citizens than there are residents of California, yet the Golden State — the richest state in the USA — has a slightly larger economy.
Texas vs. Canada
- Texas GDP: $1,682,888
- Canada GDP: $1,529,760
- Texas Population: 28,304,596
- Canada Population: 35,623,680
North America is home to nearly 7 million more Canadians than Texans, yet the Lone Star State boasts a higher GDP. It doesn’t stop there. Texas is one of seven states with no income tax.
New York vs. South Korea
- New York GDP: $1,500,994
- South Korea GDP: $1,411,246
- New York Population: 19,849,399
- South Korea Population: 51,181,299
Fewer than 20 million Americans live in New York, which is one of the nation’s richest states. Even though 31 million more people live in South Korea, the Asian nation has a slightly smaller economy.
Florida vs. Indonesia
- Florida GDP: $955,647
- Indonesia GDP: $932,259
- Florida Population: 20,984,400
- Indonesia Population: 260,580,739
Florida’s economy is bigger than Indonesia’s by more than $20 billion, even though a staggering 240 million more people live in the island nation, which also makes for a cheap island getaway. No other showdown on this list comes with a wider population gap.
Illinois vs. the Netherlands
- Illinois GDP: $803,904
- Netherlands GDP: $777,228
- Illinois Population: 12,802,023
- Netherlands Population: 17,084,719
The Illinois economy edges out that of the Netherlands by more than $26 billion, even though the European country has over 4 million more people.
Pennsylvania vs. Switzerland
- Pennsylvania GDP: $746,248
- Switzerland GDP: $668,851
- Pennsylvania Population: 12,805,537
- Switzerland Population: 8,236,303
The earth is home to 4.5 million fewer Swiss people than Pennsylvanians, a figure the Keystone State emphasizes with a slightly larger economy.
Ohio vs. Argentina
- Ohio GDP: $643,444
- Argentina GDP: $545,476
- Ohio Population: 11,658,609
- Argentina Population: 44,293,293
Argentina’s population beats Ohio’s by more than 32 million people, but the Buckeye State’s economy is larger by nearly $100 billion.
New Jersey vs. Sweden
- New Jersey GDP: $592,017
- Sweden GDP: $514,460
- New Jersey Population: 9,005,644
- Sweden Population: 9,960,487
Sweden has just shy of a million more residents than New Jersey, but the Garden State boasts tens of billions of dollars more in its GDP.
Georgia vs. Poland
- Georgia GDP: $537,264
- Poland GDP: $471,364
- Georgia Population: 10,429,379
- Poland Population: 38,476,269
Poland has far more people than Georgia — 28 million more, in fact — but the country’s economy is significantly smaller.
North Carolina vs. Belgium
- North Carolina GDP: $529,649
- Belgium GDP: $467,956
- North Carolina Population: 10,273,419
- Belgium Population: 11,491,346
Belgium has 1.2 million more residents than North Carolina, but the Tar Heel State boasts a much larger economy.
Massachusetts vs. Iran
- Massachusetts GDP: $519,970
- Iran GDP: $418,977
- Massachusetts Population: 6,859,819
- Iran Population: 82,021,564
The Islamic Republic of Iran is home to 75 million more people than Massachusetts, yet the New England state’s GDP is more than $100 billion larger.
Virginia vs. Thailand
- Virginia GDP: $505,925
- Thailand GDP: $407,026
- Virginia Population: 8,470,020
- Thailand Population: 68,414,135
Even though there are nearly 60 million more Thais than Virginians, the Southern state’s economy is almost $100 billion richer.
Michigan vs. Nigeria
- Michigan GDP: $499,336
- Nigeria GDP: $404,653
- Michigan Population: 9,962,311
- Nigeria Population: 190,632,261
Second behind only Indonesia and Florida in terms of population gaps is the contest between Michigan and Nigeria. The African nation is home to 180 million more people than the Great Lakes state.
Washington vs. Austria
- Washington GDP: $482,445
- Austria GDP: $390,800
- Washington Population: 7,405,743
- Austria Population: 8,754,413
Austria’s population is larger than Washington’s by 1.3 million, yet the Northwestern state has a much bigger economy.
Maryland vs. Norway
- Maryland GDP: $388,324
- Norway GDP: $371,076
- Maryland Population: 6,052,177
- Norway Population: 5,320,045
Norway’s population is more than 700,000 people smaller than Maryland’s, and the Mid-Atlantic state claims a bigger GDP as well.
Indiana vs. the United Arab Emirates
- Indiana GDP: $349,409
- United Arab Emirates GDP: $348,743
- Indiana Population: 6,666,818
- United Arab Emirates Population: 6,072,475
The population of the UAE is lower than that of Indiana by about 600,000, and the Hoosier State’s economy also is slightly larger.
Minnesota vs. Egypt
- Minnesota GDP: $342,856
- Egypt GDP: $332,791
- Minnesota Population: 5,576,606
- Egypt Population: 97,041,072
Egypt has a much larger population than Minnesota but a slightly smaller GDP.
Tennessee vs. Israel
- Tennessee GDP: $336,664
- Israel GDP: $317,745
- Tennessee Population: 6,715,984
- Israel Population: 8,299,706
There are nearly 1.6 million more people living in Israel than in Tennessee, the latter of which has a slightly larger GDP.
Colorado vs. Hong Kong
- Colorado GDP: $332,938
- Hong Kong GDP: $320,910
- Colorado Population: 5,607,154
- Hong Kong Population: 7,191,503
The Hong Kong GDP is smaller than that of Colorado, even though roughly 1.6 million more people live in the autonomous region of Southeastern China.
Wisconsin vs. Ireland
- Wisconsin GDP: $317,218
- Ireland GDP: $304,819
- Wisconsin Population: 5,795,483
- Ireland Population: 5,011,102
Ireland has a slightly smaller population than Wisconsin as well as a slightly smaller economy, by about $12 billion.
Arizona vs. Denmark
- Arizona GDP: $311,640
- Denmark GDP: $306,900
- Arizona Population: 7,016,270
- Denmark Population: 5,605,948
Denmark’s population is smaller than Arizona’s by 1.4 million people, and the European country has a slightly smaller GDP.
Missouri vs. the Philippines
- Missouri GDP: $306,535
- Philippines GDP: $304,905
- Missouri Population: 6,113,532
- Philippines Population: 104,256,076
Missouri has 98 million fewer people than the Philippines, yet the Show Me State has a slightly larger economy.
Connecticut vs. Chile
- Connecticut GDP: $267,914
- Chile GDP: $247,028
- Connecticut Population: 3,588,184
- Chile Population: 17,789,267
Chile has a much larger population than Connecticut. Over 14 million more people live in the long, narrow South American nation compared to the New England state.
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Louisiana vs. Finland
- Louisiana GDP: $239,590
- Finland GDP: $238,503
- Louisiana Population: 4,684,333
- Finland Population: 5,518,371
Even though Finland has an advantage of over 800,000 more people, the country has a smaller GDP than the Bayou State.
Oregon vs. Bangladesh
- Oregon GDP: $231,662
- Bangladesh GDP: $221,415
- Oregon Population: 4,142,776
- Bangladesh Population: 157,826,578
In one of the biggest population disparities on this list, Bangladesh has 153 million more people than Oregon, yet the country’s economy is roughly $10 billion smaller.
South Carolina vs. Vietnam
- South Carolina GDP: $214,383
- Vietnam GDP: $205,276
- South Carolina Population: 5,024,369
- Vietnam Population: 96,160,163
Vietnam has a population advantage of more than 91 million over South Carolina, yet the Palmetto State’s GDP is bigger by more than $9 billion.
Alabama vs. Vietnam
- Alabama GDP: $209,835
- Vietnam GDP: $205,276
- Alabama Population: 4,874,747
- Vietnam Population: 96,160,163
Alabama has fewer residents than South Carolina, yet the Heart of Dixie also has a larger economy than Vietnam.
Kentucky vs. the Czech Republic
- Kentucky GDP: $203,531
- Czech Republic GDP: $195,305
- Kentucky Population: 4,454,189
- Czech Republic Population: 10,674,723
The Czech Republic has about 6 million more residents than Kentucky, but the Bluegrass State boasts a more lucrative GDP.
Oklahoma vs. Romania
- Oklahoma GDP: $188,668
- Romania GDP: $187,592
- Oklahoma Population: 3,930,864
- Romania Population: 21,529,967
There are 17.6 million more Romanians in the world than Oklahomans, yet the state’s GDP is bigger.
Iowa vs. Iraq
- Iowa GDP: $180,758
- Iraq GDP: $171,489
- Iowa Population: 3,134,693
- Iraq Population: 39,192,111
Iraq has 36 million more people than Iowa, but the Hawkeye State has a bigger economy.
Utah vs. Algeria
- Utah GDP: $161,541
- Algeria GDP: $159,049
- Utah Population: 3,101,833
- Algeria Population: 40,969,443
Algeria has a smaller GDP than Utah, even though about 38 million more people live in the North African nation.
Kansas vs. Qatar
- Kansas GDP: $155,204
- Qatar GDP: $152,453
- Kansas Population: 2,913,123
- Qatar Population: 2,314,307
Qatar has a slightly smaller economy than Kansas, which isn’t shocking considering the Middle Eastern nation has a slightly smaller population as well.
Nevada vs. Kazakhstan
- Nevada GDP: $152,736
- Kazakhstan GDP: $137,278
- Nevada Population: 2,998,039
- Kazakhstan Population: 18,556,698
The fact that Kazakhstan has 15.5 million more residents than Nevada hasn’t been enough to propel the Asian country’s GDP past that of the Western state.
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District of Columbia vs. Hungary
- District of Columbia GDP: $129,638
- Hungary GDP: $125,817
- District of Columbia Population: 693,972
- Hungary Population: 9,850,845
The GDP of Washington, D.C., is big enough to top that of Hungary, even though the Central European country’s population exceeds the U.S. capital’s by more than 9 million people.
Arkansas vs. Kuwait
- Arkansas GDP: $122,647
- Kuwait GDP: $110,876
- Arkansas Population: 3,004,279
- Kuwait Population: 2,875,422
Tiny Kuwait has roughly 130,000 fewer residents than Arkansas — and the Middle Eastern country’s GDP is nearly $12 billion smaller.
Nebraska vs. Morocco
- Nebraska GDP: $116,545
- Morocco GDP: $103,606
- Nebraska Population: 1,920,076
- Morocco Population: 33,986,655
Even though there are 32 million more Moroccans than Nebraskans, the Cornhusker State’s economy dwarfs Morocco’s by nearly $13 billion.
Mississippi vs. Ecuador
- Mississippi GDP: $109,305
- Ecuador GDP: $98,614
- Mississippi Population: 2,984,100
- Ecuador Population: 16,290,913
Mississippi has a deficit of more than 13 million residents compared with Ecuador, yet the Magnolia State’s economy trumps the equatorial nation’s by more than $10 billion.
New Mexico vs. Sudan
- New Mexico GDP: $96,742
- Sudan GDP: $95,584
- New Mexico Population: 2,088,070
- Sudan Population: 37,345,935
There are over 35 million more people living in Sudan than in New Mexico, but the Land of Enchantment’s GDP is more than $1 billion larger.
Hawaii vs. Sri Lanka
- Hawaii GDP: $85,205
- Sri Lanka GDP: $81,322
- Hawaii Population: 1,427,538
- Sri Lanka Population: 22,409,381
Hawaii’s economy is bigger than Sri Lanka’s, even though the Aloha State’s population is smaller by nearly 21 million people.
New Hampshire vs. Ethiopia
- New Hampshire GDP: $79,665
- Ethiopia GDP: $72,374
- New Hampshire Population: 1,342,795
- Ethiopia Population: 105,350,020
The massive population gap between New Hampshire and Ethiopia is more than 104 million people, yet the East African nation’s economy is smaller.
West Virginia vs. Dominican Republic
- West Virginia GDP: $76,682
- Dominican Republic GDP: $71,584
- West Virginia Population: 1,815,857
- Dominican Republic Population: 10,734,247
The population of the Dominican Republic is bigger than that of West Virginia by almost 9 million people. The country’s GDP, however, is about $5 billion smaller.
Delaware vs. Kenya
- Delaware GDP: $71,998
- Kenya GDP: $70,529
- Delaware Population: 961,939
- Kenya Population: 47,615,739
Delaware has 46.5 million fewer people than Kenya, yet the Mid-Atlantic state’s economy is larger.
Idaho vs. Guatemala
- Idaho GDP: $69,458
- Guatemala GDP: $68,763
- Idaho Population: 1,716,943
- Guatemala Population: 15,460,732
Guatemala’s population dwarfs Idaho’s by more than 13 million people, yet the Central American country lags behind in GDP.
Maine vs. Luxembourg
- Maine GDP: $60,226
- Luxembourg GDP: $58,631
- Maine Population: 1,335,907
- Luxembourg Population: 594,130
Tiny Luxembourg is home to about 750,000 fewer residents than Maine, and the Northeastern state has a slightly larger economy as well.
Rhode Island vs. Costa Rica
- Rhode Island GDP: $58,884
- Costa Rica GDP: $57,436
- Rhode Island Population: 1,059,639
- Costa Rica Population: 4,930,258
Although Rhode Island is America’s smallest state, its economy is big enough to loom over that of Costa Rica, despite the Central American nation being home to about 4 million more people.
North Dakota vs. Uruguay
- North Dakota GDP: $53,740
- Uruguay GDP: $52,420
- North Dakota Population: 755,393
- Uruguay Population: 3,360,148
North Dakota has about 2.6 million fewer people than Uruguay, yet the state has a larger economy than the South American country.
Alaska vs. Croatia
- Alaska GDP: $52,530
- Croatia GDP: $50,715
- Alaska Population: 739,795
- Croatia Population: 4,292,095
Remote and rugged Alaska has 3.5 million fewer residents than Croatia, yet the Eastern European country has a smaller economy than America’s geographically largest state.
South Dakota vs. Belarus
- South Dakota GDP: $48,887
- Belarus GDP: $47,407
- South Dakota Population: 869,666
- Belarus Population: 9,549,747
Fewer than a million people live in rural South Dakota, which is home to 8.7 million fewer people than Belarus. The Eastern European country, however, has a smaller economy.
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Montana vs. Slovenia
- Montana GDP: $46,873
- Slovenia GDP: $44,709
- Montana Population: 1,050,493
- Slovenia Population: 1,972,126
Slovenia is home to almost a million more people than Montana, but the country still has a smaller GDP.
Wyoming vs. Jordan
- Wyoming GDP: $39,247
- Jordan GDP: $38,655
- Wyoming Population: 579,315
- Jordan Population: 10,248,069
Wyoming has fewer residents than any state in America, plus Washington, D.C. But the rural Western state has a bigger economy than the country of Jordan, which has 9.6 million more people.
Vermont vs. Latvia
- Vermont GDP: $31,767
- Latvia GDP: $27,573
- Vermont Population: 623,657
- Latvia Population: 1,944,643
Vermont has 1.3 million people fewer than Latvia, but the New England state’s economy is about $4 billion larger.
Big or Small, Every State Dwarfs Some Country’s GDP
The biggest GDP in America is generated by California, which has a larger economy than all but a handful of countries in the world. Vermont has America’s smallest GDP, but even the small New England state — like every other state in America and the District of Columbia — boasts an economy bigger than that of some countries.
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Methodology: GBR analyzed the GDP of U.S. states along with the GDP of countries around the world to determine which U.S. states are wealthier than whole countries. Once the GDP of every state was determined, values were compared to nations with equal-to-less-than GDP value. Populations of both state and country were evaluated to see the size difference between the two in comparison to wealth. U.S. state GDP data is from Q1 2017, sourced from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. Country GDP data was sourced from the World Bank using the most recent data available, which is 2016. All figures are approximations.