Which US state has a GDP the same size as South Africa? The answer to that question would be Maryland. In some respects, South Africa and Maryland have some similarities. Both Baltimore and Johannesburg suffer from ‘white flight’ while both Baltimore and Cape Town suffer from gangs and drug abuse.
The US State of Maryland, located on the American East coast near Washington D.C., has a GDP of 269 billion USD. South Africa has a GDP of 294 billion USD.
Although it has a similar-sized GDP, South Africa has a much larger population than the state of Maryland.
South Africa also has a much higher unemployment rate of 26.6% compared to the US State’s 4.3%.
In terms of area-size, Maryland is much smaller than South Africa and easily fit into almost all of the nine provinces, with the possible exception of Gauteng.
To get a better idea of how small Maryland is compared to South Africa, take a look at how big it is compared to the Cape Peninsula and Cape Town.
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