Bonus List

LARGEST COUNTIES (BY AREA) IN THE UNITED STATES (AND HOW MANY INDEPENDENT NATIONS EACH IS LARGER THAN)

All of the ten largest counties in the United States are larger than 50 or more of the world's smallest counties. Sure, it is easy to be larger than Vatican City, Monaco, Nauru and Tuvalu (all counties in the United States are larger than any of those nations), but the largest county in the United States (San Bernardino County, California, with over 20,000 square miles) is larger than countries like Switzerland, Costa Rica, the Netherlands and Bosnia & Herzegovina (among many others). In fact, San Bernardino County is larger than 69 independent nations around the world.

If Alaskan boroughs and "census areas" were included (which have some resemblance to counties), then the Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area (in a remote part of northern Alaska) would be larger than about 70 percent of the countries in the world--136, to be exact, including Japan, Germany, Vietnam and New Zealand!

COUNTY

1. San Bernardino, California
2. Coconino, Arizona
3. Nye, Nevada
4. Elko, Nevada
5. Mohave, Arizona
6. Apache, Arizona
7. Lincoln, Nevada
8. Sweetwater, Wyoming
9. Inyo, California
10. Harney, Oregon
NUMBER OF INDEPENDENT NATIONS
THE COUNTY IS LARGER THAN
69
65
65
63
59
55
50
50
50
50


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