Friday Visualization #4

The USA is an economic powerhouse… how massive are we?

Today’s visualization shows how individual state GDPs compare with those of many world countries… For example, France’s GDP is approximately the same as the state of California’s… Oil titan Saudi Arabia… Tennessee.  The Commonwealth… Austria.

The power of a visual to take something that can be complicated to explain and make it relevant to something I already understand is pretty cool. 

Read more about this particular visual here:

And think about how you could use a similar concept with your students… maybe with population or proportion.  Or just pop this visual up on the big screen and ask students what they observe… like not too many African nations make it.