North Carolina is around the same size as Illinois.

Illinois is approximately 143,961 sq km, while North Carolina is approximately 126,161 sq km, making North Carolina 87.64% the size of Illinois. Meanwhile, the population of Illinois is ~12.8 million people (3.3 million fewer people live in North Carolina).
This to-scale comparison of Illinois vs. North Carolina uses the Mercator projection, which distorts the size of regions near the poles. Learn more.

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