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How big is 453 square kilometers?

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It's about as big as San Jose.
(a.k.a. Capital of Silicon Valley) (California)
The third-largest city in California as of 2009, San Jose measures 453.0 sq. km in total area. The city is known for its large technology industry.
It's about as big as The Northern Mariana Islands.
In other words, the size of The Northern Mariana Islands is 1.02 times 453 square kilometers.
(formally the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, a.k.a. CNMI) (United States) (total land area)
Measuring 464 sq. km in total land area, the CMNI's fourteen Pacific islands comprise a commonwealth in political union with the United States. The Commonwealth is known as a popular tourist destination for Japanese visitors and, although less so since 2007, as the home of a successful garment manufacturing industry.
It's about one-and-one-fifth times as big as The Isle of Wight.
In other words, 453 square kilometers is 1.170 times the size of The Isle of Wight, and the size of The Isle of Wight is 0.8550 times that amount.
(England, United Kingdom)
The Isle of Wight, located in the English Channel, just off the English mainland, measures 388 sq. km in total area. The Island hosts the world's largest and longest-running regular regatta — Cowes Week — which has brought over 1,000 yachts to the island each August since 1812.
It's about four-fifths as big as Guam.
In other words, 453 square kilometers is 0.8330 times the size of Guam, and the size of Guam is 1.20 times that amount.
(a.k.a. Guåhån) (United States)
Guam, a territory of the United States in the Pacific Ocean, measures 544 sq. km in total area. It is known as a popular tourist destination among Japanese travelers.
It's about one-and-one-fourth times as big as Detroit.
In other words, 453 square kilometers is 1.260 times the size of Detroit, and the size of Detroit is 0.79370 times that amount.
(Michigan)
The largest city in Michigan as of 2009, Detroit measures 359.5 sq. km in total area. The city is known for its automotive industry and its popular music legacies in the soul, hip hop, pop, and rhythm & blues genres
It's about one-and-three-tenths times as big as Philadelphia.
In other words, 453 square kilometers is 1.2950 times the size of Philadelphia, and the size of Philadelphia is 0.77220 times that amount.
(a.k.a. Philly, a.k.a. The City of Brotherly Love) (Pennsylvania)
The largest city in Pennsylvania as of 2009 and at one time the second-largest city in the British Empire, Philadelphia measures 349.9 sq. km in total area. The city is known as a center of great historical importance and as the one-time capital of the United States.
It's about three-fourths as big as Chicago.
In other words, 453 square kilometers is 0.77010 times the size of Chicago, and the size of Chicago is 1.2990 times that amount.
(a.k.a. The Windy City, a.k.a. Chi-town, a.k.a. Second City, a.k.a. Chicagoland) (Illinois)
The largest city in Illinois and the twenty-third-largest city in the United States as of 2009, Chicago measures 588.2 sq. km in total area. The city is known as a major Global Financial Center and as host to O'Hare International, the second busiest airport in the world.