Unexpectedly Intriguing!
November 5, 2007

For no other reason that it's really popular, we've once again pitted the nations of the European Union against the individual United States to find out where they all rank with respect to each others Gross Domestic Product (GDP) adjusted for Purchasing Power Parity (PPP), population and their corresponding 2006 GDP-PPP per Capita for 2006!

Best of all, we've put our data into the dynamic table you see below, which allow you to sort the data in the table by clicking on the various column headings. Doing so will almost instantaneously sort the data in the table from low to high value or from high to low (by clicking a column heading a second time.) To restore the original order, you'll need to refresh the page in your web browser.

We'll have some more commentary below the table - in the meantime, you know you can't resist....

2006 GDP-PPP Rankings of EU Nations vs Individual US States
US State or EU Nation 2006 GDP-PPP
(billions USD)
2006 Population GDP-PPP per Capita (USD)
United States - All 13,149.0 296,398,484 44,362.69
US - Alabama 160.6 4,599,030 34,913.67
US - Alaska 41.1 670,053 61,345.89
US - Arizona 232.5 6,166,318 37,698.83
US - Arkansas 91.8 2,810,872 32,672.07
US - California 1,727.4 36,457,549 47,379.90
US - Colorado 230.5 4,753,377 48,487.21
US - Connecticut 204.1 3,504,809 58,243.97
US - Delaware 60.4 853,476 70,723.72
US - District of Columbia 87.7 581,530 150,747.17
US - Florida 713.5 18,089,888 39,442.20
US - Georgia 379.6 9,363,941 40,533.15
US - Hawaii 58.3 1,285,498 45,357.52
US - Idaho 49.9 1,466,465 34,032.18
US - Illinois 589.6 12,831,970 45,947.58
US - Indiana 248.9 6,313,520 39,425.71
US - Iowa 124.0 2,982,085 41,571.58
US - Kansas 111.7 2,764,075 40,410.99
US - Kentucky 146.0 4,206,074 34,701.96
US - Louisiana 193.1 4,287,768 45,043.95
US - Maine 47.0 1,321,574 35,543.22
US - Maryland 257.8 2,615,727 98,563.42
US - Massachusetts 337.6 6,437,193 52,440.56
US - Michigan 381.0 10,095,643 37,739.35
US - Minnesota 244.5 5,167,101 47,327.51
US - Mississippi 84.2 2,910,540 28,937.93
US - Missouri 225.9 5,842,713 38,659.44
US - Montana 32.3 944,632 34,216.50
US - Nebraska 75.7 1,768,331 42,808.73
US - Nevada 118.4 2,495,529 47,444.45
US - New Hampshire 56.3 1,314,895 42,798.85
US - New Jersey 453.2 8,724,560 51,942.68
US - New Mexico 75.9 1,954,599 38,836.61
US - New York 1,021.9 19,306,183 52,933.51
US - North Carolina 374.5 8,856,505 42,288.13
US - North Dakota 26.4 635,867 41,494.53
US - Ohio 461.3 11,478,006 40,190.08
US - Oklahoma 134.7 3,579,212 37,620.29
US - Oregon 151.3 3,700,758 40,883.79
US - Pennsylvania 510.3 12,440,621 41,018.29
US - Rhode Island 45.7 1,067,610 42,768.43
US - South Carolina 149.2 4,321,249 34,530.29
US - South Dakota 32.3 781,919 41,346.99
US - Tennessee 238.0 6,038,803 39,416.59
US - Texas 1,065.9 23,507,783 45,342.05
US - Utah 97.7 2,550,063 38,331.99
US - Vermont 24.2 623,908 38,808.61
US - Virginia 369.3 7,642,884 48,314.22
US - Washington 293.5 6,395,798 45,894.35
US - West Virginia 55.7 1,818,470 30,607.05
US - Wisconsin 227.2 5,556,506 40,894.40
US - Wyoming 29.6 515,004 57,399.55
European Union - All 13,349.1 487,293,413 27,394.34
EU - Austria 283.8 8,192,880 34,639.83
EU - Belgium 342.8 10,379,067 33,028.02
EU - Bulgaria 78.7 7,385,367 10,653.50
EU - Cyprus 22.6 784,301 28,789.97
EU - Czech Republic 224.0 10,235,455 21,884.71
EU - Denmark 201.5 5,450,661 36,967.99
EU - Estonia 26.9 1,324,333 20,274.36
EU - Finland 176.4 5,231,372 33,719.64
EU - France 1,891.0 60,876,136 31,063.08
EU - Germany 2,630.0 82,422,299 31,908.84
EU - Greece 256.3 10,688,058 23,980.03
EU - Hungary 175.2 9,981,334 17,552.76
EU - Ireland 180.7 4,062,235 44,482.90
EU - Italy 1,756.0 58,133,509 30,206.33
EU - Latvia 36.5 2,274,735 16,041.43
EU - Lithuania 54.9 3,585,906 15,309.94
EU - Luxembourg 33.9 474,413 71,393.49
EU - Malta 8.4 400,214 21,016.26
EU - Netherlands 529.1 16,491,461 32,083.27
EU - Poland 552.4 38,536,869 14,334.32
EU - Portugal 210.1 10,605,870 19,809.78
EU - Romania 202.2 22,303,552 9,065.82
EU - Slovakia 99.2 5,439,448 18,235.31
EU - Slovenia 47.0 2,010,347 23,384.02
EU - Spain 1,109.0 40,397,842 27,451.96
EU - Sweden 290.6 9,016,596 32,229.46
EU - United Kingdom 1,930.0 60,609,153 31,843.38

Sources and Acknowledgements:

The GDP and population data for the United States as a whole, as well as for the European Union as a whole, was obtained by adding up the state and national values we found for each. GDP-PPP per capita was found by dividing each region's 2006 GDP figure by its population estimate as of July 1, 2006.

The Highest Ranking EU Nations

The highest ranking EU nation is Luxembourg, which ranks third overall in the measure of GDP-PPP per Capita. The next highest EU nation, Ireland, comes in at 19th place, just behind Louisiana and the US as a whole (if limited to just individual states, Ireland places a bit ahead of Nebraska).

Denmark, the next highest EU nation in the ranking by GDP-PPP per capita, comes in 45th place (omitting the US as a whole), just after Oklahoma and ahead of Maine. The next highest EU nation, Austria, would occupy the 49th highest position, sandwiched between Kentucky and South Carolina.

By the time we reach down to the 53rd position of the list, the EU nations begin turning up more regularly, with Finland and Belgium occupying the 53rd and 54th slots respectively, positioned between the US states of Idaho and Arkansas. Below Arkansas, we find a neat group of EU nations Sweden, the Netherlands, Germany, the United Kingdom and France before the US state of West Virginia turns up in the rankings in the 61st position.

EU member Italy turns up in the 62nd slot, driving ahead of the lowest ranked individual U.S. state of Mississippi.

Previously on Political Calculations

2006 Economic and Population Data

2004 Economic and Population Data

2002 Economic and Population Data

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