Comparing United States to Christmas Island

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United States  UNITED STATES (19,924km of coastline)
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Christmas Island  CHRISTMAS ISLAND (139km of coastline)

United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline, while Christmas Island has a total of 139 km.
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At a Glance: Christmas Island

  • Land Area: ~135 sq km (United States is ~72,790 times bigger than Christmas Island)
  • Population: ~2 thousand people (319 million more people live in United States)

How big is Christmas Island compared to United States? See an in-depth size comparison.

This to-scale map shows a size comparison of Christmas Island (135 sq km) and United States (9,826,675 sq km).

A brief history of Christmas Island

Christmas Island is a sovereign country in Australia-Oceania, with a total land area of approximately 135 sq km. Named in 1643 for the day of its discovery, the island was annexed and settlement began by the UK in 1888 with the discovery of the island's phosphate deposits. Following the Second World War, Christmas Island came under the jurisdiction of the new British Colony of Singapore. The island existed as a separate Crown colony from 1 January 1958 to 1 October 1958 when its transfer to Australian jurisdiction was finalized. That date is still celebrated on the first Monday in October as Territory Day. Almost two-thirds of the island has been declared a national park.

The data on this page is calculated using data sourced from The World Factbook (2014 data).