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It's about one-and-one-tenth times as big as San Jose
In other words, 496 square kilometers is 1.09 times the size of San Jose, and the size of San Jose is 0.9170 times that amount.
(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 nine-tenths as big as The Isle of Man
In other words, 496 square kilometers is 0.8670 times the size of The Isle of Man, and the size of The Isle of Man is 1.150 times that amount.
(a.k.a. Mannin, a.k.a. Ellan Vannin, a.k.a. Mann)
The Isle of Man, a self-governing territory of England, measures 572 sq. km in total area. The territory of the Isle of Man also includes the small island of Chicken Rock, which adds an additional 0.001 square kilometers.
It's about four-fifths as big as Chicago
In other words, 496 square kilometers is 0.84330 times the size of Chicago, and the size of Chicago is 1.1860 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.
It's about four-fifths as big as Christchurch
In other words, 496 square kilometers is 0.8170 times the size of Christchurch, and the size of Christchurch is 1.220 times that amount.
(a.k.a Ōtautahi) (urban area) (New Zealand)
Ōtautahi Christchurch, New Zealand's gateway to Antarctica, measures 607 sq. km in total area.
It's about four-fifths as big as Manila
In other words, 496 square kilometers is 0.800560 times the size of Manila, and the size of Manila is 1.24910 times that amount.
(a.k.a. Kalakhang Maynila) (officially the "National Capital Region (NCR)") (for Metro Manila) (Philippines)
The governmental seat of the Philippines and the one of the world's most densely-populated regions, the Manila metro area measures 619.57 sq. km. The area is host to a population of 12,877,253 people (as of 2015).
It's about one-and-three-tenths times as big as The Isle of Wight
In other words, 496 square kilometers is 1.280 times the size of The Isle of Wight, and the size of The Isle of Wight is 0.7810 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 one-and-two-fifths times as big as Detroit
In other words, 496 square kilometers is 1.380 times the size of Detroit, and the size of Detroit is 0.72460 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