How big is Australia compared to USA?

Have you ever wondered or asked how big Australia is compared to the USA? Or, have you imagined which is bigger in some areas and as a whole? Your answer is just around the corner, I must say. The question – How big is Australia Compared to the USA? – is not new in major aired discussions and internet conversations/chats. In fact, controversy or conflicts sometimes ensue. However, I’m confident that this piece will enlighten you on some facts and figures to ascertain your answer.


What’s your view/perspective?

Before I proceed, let’s be clear on some things that may necessitate this thoughtful question: you may be thinking from the perspective of your own personal interests like your permanent residency, business/ career establishment and opportunities, family and so on. It may also be that you are just simply wondering from a general perspective, maybe politically, geographically, population-size wise, socio-economically and so on. Whatever it may be, we’ll see into it shortly.

How big is Australia compared to USA

Facts and figures


The entirety of Australia’s population is about the same as that of the state of Texas, USA. Funny? Not exactly, but that’s a fact. Recent this year (2018), the current population of the USA is 327,016,865. Australia has a current population of about 24,806,055. These figures are based on the latest United Nations estimates. This gives an average Australia-to-America population ratio of 1:13. No doubt, this is largely as a result of the small landmass of Australia inhabitable amongst other economic reasons.

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Australia is the sixth-largest country in the world after Russia, Canada, the United States of America (USA), and Brazil. This means the USA covers more expanse compared to Australia. The USA is the world’s third-largest country by size in the world. However, Australia’s expanse is very small in landmass because it is the world’s largest island. It covers almost 7,700,000 sq. km, as compared to the 9,834,000 sq. km which the USA spans through. Well, when planning a vacation to Australia, bear in mind that, it isn’t a small distance to cover during your trip though.

Speaking of terrain and land boundaries, Australia mostly has a low plateau with deserts and fertile plain in the southeast, but with no land boundaries (since it’s an island). On the other hand, the USA has a vast central plain, hills to the east, mountains to the west, with some rugged mountains and wide river valleys in few locations (Alaska and Hawaii respectively).

Socio-economic, technological and political facts

Australia is the world’s second-wealthiest nation in the world based on wealth per adult, as Switzerland is first. The economy of the United States is the world’s largest economy based on the nominal GDP, while that of Australia is amongst the top fourteen. The USA has the second-largest industrial output in the world, as a high-technology innovator, while Australia’s importation and exportation are ranked amongst the top 20. More so, it has a world-leading industrial sector. To crown it all, based on a robust economy, the US dollar is presently most used in international trades/transactions. It is also one of the top five politically strong, robust and influential countries in the world, amongst which England and Russia belong. The USA is a world power indeed, but Australia’s socio-economic and political status is fast-growing, with few of her having long-term tendencies of matching that of the USA.

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Let’s conclude generally here that although Australia may not have caught up with that of the USA in several aspects of a country’s size, based on few specificities, it is almost matching the USA in a long term. Now you know that Australia is not as big as the USA, but it is fast growing to catch-up in a few areas possible.


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