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It's about one-third as big as Philadelphia
In other words, 988 virgates is 0.34280 times the size of Philadelphia, and the size of Philadelphia is 2.9170 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 2,882 virgates 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 one-third as big as Detroit
In other words, 988 virgates is 0.33370 times the size of Detroit, and the size of Detroit is 2.9970 times that amount.
(Michigan)
The largest city in Michigan as of 2009, Detroit measures 2,961 virgates 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 three times as big as Rock Island
In other words, 988 virgates is 3.0581 times the size of Rock Island, and the size of Rock Island is 0.3270 times that amount.
(a.k.a. Arsenal Island, a.k.a. Rock Island Arsenal) (Illinois, on the Iowa border) (land area only)
Rock Island measures 323.05 virgates in total area. It is known as the largest government-owned weapons manufacturing arsenal in the United States and the US Army's only active foundry, as well as a former Union prison camp during the American Civil War.
It's about three-tenths as big as The Isle of Wight
In other words, 988 virgates is 0.3090 times the size of The Isle of Wight, and the size of The Isle of Wight is 3.240 times that amount.
(England, United Kingdom)
The Isle of Wight, located in the English Channel, just off the English mainland, measures 3,200 virgates 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 one-fourth as big as San Jose
In other words, 988 virgates is 0.2650 times the size of San Jose, and the size of San Jose is 3.770 times that amount.
(a.k.a. Capital of Silicon Valley) (California)
The third-largest city in California as of 2009, San Jose measures 3,730 virgates in total area. The city is known for its large technology industry.
It's about four times as big as Inis Mór
In other words, 988 virgates is 3.90 times the size of Inis Mór, and the size of Inis Mór is 0.260 times that amount.
(a.k.a. Inishmore, a.k.a. Árainn Mhór, a.k.a. Inis Bant, a.k.a. Árainn na Naomh) (Connacht, Ireland)
The largest of the Aran Islands, Inis Mór measures 260 virgates. The west side of the island is home to the Poll na bPéist, a.k.a. the wormhole, a naturally-formed, 0.0024 virgates, rectangular pool on the island's cliffside.
It's about four-and-a-half times as big as Tuvalu
In other words, the size of Tuvalu is 0.220 times 988 virgates.
(a.k.a. Ellice Islands)
Tuvalu is a chain of islands totaling 210 virgates in area and located midway between Hawaii and Australia, near Samoa and Fiji. It is the third-least populated nation in the world, with just 11,992 citizens and residents.