How big is Ireland?

Map of Ireland       Map of Indiana

I needed to get a handle on the relative size of Ireland, something I could compare it to.  So I went to the trusty encyclopedia and found out Ireland is about 175 mile wide and 235 miles long at its largest distances, for a total of 32,587 square miles.  If you block out some of the bays and inlets, it’s somewhat the shape of a parallelogram (remember those?).

Indiana, on the other hand, is a tall rectangle with a slanted bottom.  It is 155 miles wide and 270 miles long, for a total of 35,870 square miles. 

So roughly, Ireland and Indiana are the same size, with Ireland being shorter and fatter, and Indiana being taller and skinnier.  But I understand it takes much longer to cross Ireland than it does Indiana!

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