How Big is New York State?

At 54,556 square miles, New York is the 27th-largest state by area, placing it firmly in the middle of the pack. But how big is it really? 54,556 square miles is a hard number to comprehend, so you might be tempted to look at a map to get a visual sense of New York’s size. But be careful: most 2D maps massively distort area in favor of shape and presentation. This includes Google Maps, which uses the Mercator Projection, where geographic bodies become larger as you move further from the equator to the poles.

In order to compensate for these mapping distortions, we used special mapping software to create an outline of New York. As we move the outline around the map, it changes its shape to account for the projection’s distorting effects. This allowed us to create the following maps which accurately compare New York’s size to bodies of land around the world.

Also, because this is the kind of thing we think about at, you’d need 7.6 billion 10×20 storage units to store New York.

How big is New York State?

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