California's economy is now the 5th-biggest in the world, and has overtaken the United Kingdom

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[California truly is economically huge. Look also at the list below to see what a shadow of its former self Russia has become. See also how Canada is between Texas and New York in economic size. But, in fact, a more interesting way of looking at this (I'm a statistics nut, I couldn't help myself) is in terms of GDP relative to population size:


Kieran Corcoran, Business Insider, 5 May 2018

Venice Beach, Los Angeles, vs. London, England.Getty Images

New economic data puts the California economy at $2.747 trillion — bigger than most nations.

The ranking puts in fifth in the world, just ahead of the United Kingdom, which is on $2.625 trillion.

The difference is striking given California's population of 40 million to the UK's 66 million.

California's economy is so large, and has grown so quickly, that it is now the fifth-biggest in the world all by itself, according to US government data.

Figures released on Friday by the US Department of Commerce put California's effective GDP from 2017 at around $2.747 trillion. It said the state's economy grew by 3.4% in the past year.

That growth puts it ahead of the United Kingdom, which has a GDP of $2.625 trillion, according todata published last month by the International Monetary Fund.

Here is how the 15 largest world economies look if you also include US states (in bold) as separate entities:

1. United States $19.391 trillion
2. China $12.015 trillion
3. Japan $4.872 trillion
4. Germany $3.685 trillion
5. California $2.747 trillion6. United Kingdom $2.625 trillion
7. India $2.611 trillion
8. France $2.584 trillion
9. Brazil $2.055 trillion
10. Italy $1.938 trillion
11. Texas $1.696 trillion12. Canada $1.652 trillion
13. New York $1.547 trillion14. South Korea $1.538 trillion
15. Russia $1.527 trillion

According to the Associated Press, California's boom has been especially pronounced because of its thriving tech, entertainment and agricultural industries.

The difference is even starker in light of the respective economies' populations: Britain has around 66 million inhabitants, compared to California's 40 million.

The United Kingdom has experienced sluggish growth in the past year and many consider its future economic prospects in peril because of its impending exit from the European Union, characterised by fraught negotiations.

It also highlighted currency fluctuations which helped increase the US dollar figure for California's economy at the expense of Britain's.


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