California contributes approximately 14% of of the US GDP. If it were a nation its economy would rank just behind China’s and Italy’s for size.
New South Wales contributes 33.1% of Australian GDP. Victoria is next with 24.2%, Queensland with 18.9% and Western Australia with 12.3%. The remainder are in single figures.
If New South Wales was a nation it would be the 28th largest economy on the planet; bigger than South Africa or Greece and rivaling Poland, Austria and Norway.
I have put NSW and California on a graph in red. A larger version of the graph can be viewed here.
It makes you wonder why NSW puts up with so much centralisation from the federal government.
Since the above is a short post answer these questions on birthplace and Australian Prime Ministers:
- How many Prime Ministers have been born in Queensland?
- Name the Prime Minister born in Tasmania.
- Have more Prime Ministers been born in Chile or Western Australia?
- Have more Prime Ministers been born in Scotland, England or South Australia?
- How many Prime Ministers have been born in NSW?
- How many Prime Ministers have been born in Victoria?*
* assume Gorton was born in Melbourne.