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How much is a trillion dollars?

February 6, 2009

With the economic stimulus package estimated to cost around one trillion dollars, there have been numerous (and some humorous) ways to put that number in perspective. Here’s one that I particularly liked.

First – the math:

  • 1 (one)
  • 10 (ten)
  • 100 (one hundred)
  • 1,000 (one thousand)
  • 10,000 (ten thousand)
  • 100,000 (hundred thousand)
  • 1,000,000 (one million)
  • 10,000,000 (ten million)
  • 100,000,000 (hundred million)
  • 1,000,000,000 (one billion)
  • 10,000,000,000 (ten billion)
  • 100,000,000,000 (hundred billion)
  • 1,000,000,000,000 (one trillion)

Now the analogy:

  • If someone spent one million dollars per day each and every day since Jesus was born, it would take another 731 years (beyond today) before one trillion dollars was spent.
  • $1,000,000,000,000 / $1,000,000 per day = one million days
  • one million days / 365 = 2740 years
  • 2740 – 2009 = 731 (years remaining)
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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Daren permalink
    February 7, 2009 10:59 am

    Thanks Bob. This is a good illustration. NOW I AM MAD AGAIN.

  2. Dave permalink
    August 17, 2009 10:42 am

    Anybody got change for a nickel?

  3. John permalink
    January 24, 2010 6:07 pm

    …or counting seconds it would take you about 12 days to get to 1 million…

    …30 years to get to 1 billion seconds…

    …now drum roll please… it would take a staggering 30,000 years to count to 1 trillion…

    …MAD AGAIN? Looks like people will be getting ‘mad again’ for a loooong time.

  4. sam permalink
    March 18, 2010 10:26 pm

    wait just a minute!!!!!!!! I thought it was 2 trillion

  5. Anonymous permalink
    June 21, 2011 4:49 pm

    if we put our deficit (14 trillion) of dollars end to end, it would go past the sun. In fact, it would go 1.4 times the distance of the sun, which means that light would take about 12 minutes to travel past all those dollar bills.

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