California vs Afghanistan (Statistical Comparison)

California is a state of the United States Of America located in the Western Region of the country, whereas Afghanistan is a landlocked country located at the crossroads of Central and South Asia. Today in this article, we will discuss the comparison between California and Afghanistan regarding various aspects.


Is California bigger than Afghanistan?

The total area of California is 163,696 sq mi, and the total area of Afghanistan is 251,830 sq mi. California is smaller than Afghanistan by 88,134 sq mi. California is around 1.54 times smaller than Afghanistan.

Area of California:  163,696 sq mi ( 423,970 km2 )

Area of California compared to Afghanistan

Area of Afghanistan:  251,830 sq mi ( 652,230 km2 )

Area of Afghanistan compared to California


According to the United States Census Bureau, the total population of California as of 1st July 2021 was estimated to be around 39,237,836.

Population of California compared to Afghanistan

Based on the Worldometer elaboration of the latest United Nations data, the total population of Afghanistan as of 10th April 2022, is estimated to be around 40,545,740.

Population of Afghanistan compared to California

Here is some more data comparison between California and Afghanistan.

The capital of California is Sacramento, and the capital city of Afghanistan is Kabul.

Official Languages

California: English
Afghanistan: Pashto, Dari Persian


California: Californian
Afghanistan: Afghan

ISO 3166 Code

California: US-CA
Afghanistan: AF

Human Development Index

HDI of California as of 2019: 0.936
HDI of Afghanistan as of 2019: 0.511

California Time Zone: 

UTC – 8 (Pacific Time Zone)

UTC – 7 (Pacific Daylight Time)

Afghanistan Time Zone: 

UTC + 4:30 (Solar Hijri Calendar)

Geological Coordinates

Coordinates of California:
37° 0′ 0″ N, 120° 0′ 0″ W

Coordinates of Afghanistan:
33° 0′ 0″ N65° 0′ 0″ E

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