These maps that show the relative size of cities around the world (both in area and in population) illustrate just how large the United States and its cities really are. This is particularly true when foreign cities like Paris and Tokyo are compared to their American counterparts. Looking at maps of cities around the world, it's clear which cities are dense, which are sprawling, and which are small but have an outsized influence on politics and culture.
In many cases, the real size of world cities will surprise you. Check out how your hometown stacks up against, say, New York City or Atlanta, Georgia. Even rival cities in the Midwest can be compared to one another in this ultimate showdown.
The Populations Of Los Angeles, Chicago, And Philadelphia Fit Into New York CityPhoto: flickr / CC0
Detroit Compared To Boston, Manhattan, And San FranciscoPhoto: via Blogspot
Here, Philadelphia, Sacramento, Houston, Chicago, And San Antonio Fit Into New York CityPhoto: Metaweb / CC-BY
Austin, Texas Dwarfs San FranciscoPhoto: via Sparefoot