State size comparison
Illinois is around the same size as North Carolina.
North Carolina is approximately 126,161 sq km, while Illinois is approximately 143,961 sq km, making Illinois 14% larger than North Carolina. Meanwhile, the population of North Carolina is ~9.5 million people (3.3 million more people live in Illinois).
This to-scale comparison of North Carolina vs. Illinois uses the Mercator projection, which distorts the size of regions near the poles. Learn more. Note: Try dragging the outline to reposition.