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How big is 988 virgates?

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It's about 850 times as big as The Pentagon.
In other words, 988 virgates is 869 times the size of The Pentagon, and the size of The Pentagon is 0.00115 times that amount.
(a.k.a. United States Department of Defense Headquarters) (Washington, D.C.) (total floor area)
The Pentagon, the world's largest office building, contains a total floor area of 1.140 virgates. Built during World War II, the designers compensated for the steel rations then in effect by using 310,000 cu. m of concrete in the construction efforts.
It's about one-eight-hundred-fiftieth as big as Kentucky.
In other words, 988 virgates is 0.001146093 times the size of Kentucky, and the size of Kentucky is 872.52950 times that amount.
(formally the Commonwealth of Kentucky) (United States)
The "Bluegrass State," Kentucky measures 862,059.20 virgates in total area. The Kentucky Bend, a 374.52940 virgates piece of land, is a non-contiguous enclave to the west of Kentucky proper, surrounded by Missouri and Tennessee, and the only such non-contiguous state area in the United States.
It's about one-nine-hundredth as big as Tennessee.
In other words, 988 virgates is 0.00109893 times the size of Tennessee, and the size of Tennessee is 909.97610 times that amount.
(United States)
The "Volunteer State," Tennessee measures 899,056.70 virgates in total area. Much of the 227,172.20 virgates of land in the West Tennessee Grand Division (Tennessee being divided into three "Grand Divisions") was ceded to the United States by the Chickasaw Nation in 1818.
It's about one-nine-hundredth as big as Virginia.
In other words, 988 virgates is 0.00108272 times the size of Virginia, and the size of Virginia is 923.59980 times that amount.
(formally the Commonwealth of Virginia) (United States)
The "Old Dominion State," Virginia measures 912,516.50 virgates. The state's southern border with North Carolina deviates to the north by as much as 3 latitudinal minutes due to an eighteenth-century surveyor's error.
It's about one-nine-hundred-fiftieth as big as Ohio.
In other words, 988 virgates is 0.00103319 times the size of Ohio, and the size of Ohio is 967.8760 times that amount.
(United States)
The "Buckeye State," Ohio measures 956,265 virgates in total area. The 9,966.580 virgates region in the northern part of the state known as the "Toledo Strip" is a once-disputed region that was the impetus for an 1835 boundary conflict between Ohio and Michigan known as the "Toledo War."
It's about one-one-thousandth as big as Pennsylvania.
In other words, 988 virgates is 0.001005586 times the size of Pennsylvania, and the size of Pennsylvania is 994.4450 times that amount.
(formally the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania) (United States)
The "Keystone State," Pennsylvania measures 982,511.60 virgates. Although Philadelphia is home to one of the nation's busiest seaports (by amount of container traffic), the state of Pennsylvania has just 92 km (57 mi) of coastline along the Delaware Estuary and no coastline on the Atlantic ocean.
It's about one-one-thousandth as big as Mississippi.
In other words, 988 virgates is 0.0009562735 times the size of Mississippi, and the size of Mississippi is 1,045.7260 times that amount.
(United States)
The "Magnolia State," Mississippi measures 1,033,177 virgates in total area. Much of this area is the 255,342.20 virgates Yazoo-Mississippi Delta, a region in the western half of the state renowned for its fertile soil.