How Big Is Ireland Compared to California?

Many Californians have an Irish heritage due to the influx of immigrants from Ireland in the 1800s. Such an influence is Ireland in the state, that a census in 1990 found that nearly two million people in California described themselves as being of Irish descent. 

Based on these numbers it’s no wonder that so many people in California want to know more about the Emerald Isle, including what Ireland is like compared to California.

In this short guide we will reveal the size of Ireland compared to California. A little lower down we’ve also included some interesting comparisons on the two places for those Irish Californians wanting to increase their knowledge of the mother country.

How big is Ireland compared to California? The state of California is 423,970 square kilometres compared to Ireland which is 84,421 square kilometres. That means Ireland is just 19.9% the size of California, can also be said to be over 5 times bigger than Ireland. 

Ireland compared to California: interesting size comparisons 

Now you know exactly how big Ireland is compared to California, we wanted to put things into further perspective for you. California is 5 times bigger than Ireland, but did you also know that Ireland compared to California throws up the following interesting comparisons. 

Population size comparisons 

The population of California is 39,510,000 making the head count in the state 6 times bigger than Ireland where the population is 6,572,728. 

Given that we know around 2 million Californians believe themselves to have Irish descent, you could say that California has almost a third of the Irish population of the Emerald Isle itself! 

City size comparisons 

The Irish capital city of Dublin has an area covering 115 square kilometres. Compare that in size to the largest city in California, Los Angeles, which has an area that covers 1,302 square kilometres. 

Crunching the numbers again, this means that Los Angeles in California is 11 times bigger than Dublin. Alternatively, you could say the Dublin in Ireland is only 8% the size of Los Angeles. 

Shoreline size comparisons 

If there’s one thing that Ireland can win the size comparisons on, it’s the length of shoreline! The island of Ireland has 1,448 kilometres of stunning shoreline. Compare this to California which has a slightly smaller coast of 1,350 kilometres. 

For once, California is the smaller cousin compared to the size of Ireland, with a coastline that is nearly 93% compared to the Irish one. 

Ireland compared to California: interesting differences 

So, that’s the size of Ireland compared to California with a few interesting side by side comparisons, but there are more differences than just size. We decided to look at some other ways in which the two places are very different. 

  • Ireland has no snakes; California is home to over 33 different snake species.
  • Ireland has 89 McDonald’s restaurants; California has 1,165.
  • People in Ireland have a life expectancy of 81.96 years; in California it’s 80.9 years.
  • The hottest ever day recorded in Ireland is 33 °C (91F); in California it’s 60 °C (130F). 

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We hope you’ve enjoyed reading a bit more about the differences in size between Ireland and California. Whilst the Emerald Isle is smaller, we more than make up for it in character! 

If it’s Irish character, taste, and heritage you’re after, why not take a look at our Irish subscription boxes? 

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To find out what you could expect, take a look at these previous boxes we’ve sent to the United States.

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