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Report: If Dakotas were countries, they'd be Kenya

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Report: If Dakotas were countries, they'd be Kenya
Mitchell South Dakota 120 South Lawler 57301

If the Dakotas were countries they'd both be Kenya.

That's the conclusion of a recent study and graphic on the website Reddit based on the gross domestic product of each U.S. state and a country with a corresponding GDP.

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For example, California would be Canada, as it has a GDP (greater than $1 trillion) that's roughly equal to America's northern friend and ally.

In the Northern Plains, the GDPs roughly match up accordingly:

• South Dakota = Kenya.

• North Dakota = Kenya.

• Montana = Ethiopia.

• Wyoming = Ethiopia.

• Nebraska = Oman.

• Iowa = Vietnam.

• Minnesota = Nigeria.

Besides California, the biggest GDP states and their corresponding countries were Texas equaling Mexico and New York equaling South Korea.

The graphic does not look at population or per capita income, just the roughly closest GDP for the state and companion nation.