Tuesday, April 26, 2011

A Trillion Dollars - What does that look like?

What does one TRILLION dollars look like?

All this talk about "stimulus packages" and "bailouts"...

A million dollars...

A hundred million dollars...

A  billion dollars...

One TRILLION dollars...

What does that look like? I mean, these various numbers are tossed around like so many doggie treats, so - what exactly does a trillion dollars looks like?

We'll start with a $100 dollar bill. Currently the largest U.S. denomination in general circulation. Most everyone has seen them, slighty fewer have owned them. Guaranteed to make friends wherever they go.




A packet of one hundred $100 bills is less than 1/2" thick and contains $10,000. Fits in your pocket easily and is about 3 months of income for the average American family.

$10,000 (ten thousand dollars)


Believe it or not, this next little pile is $1 million dollars (100 packets of $10,000).  You could stuff that into a grocery bag and walk around with it. 

$1,000,000 (one million dollars)



While a measly $1 million looked a little unimpressive, $100 million is a little more respectable. It fits neatly on a standard pallet...

$100,000,000 (one hundred million dollars)


And $1 BILLION dollars.  that is one thousand million ... now we're really getting somewhere

$1,000,000,000 (one billion dollars)


Next we'll look at ONE TRILLION dollars. This is that number we've been hearing so much about. What is a trillion dollars? Well, it's a million million. It's a thousand billion. It's a one followed by 12 zeros.


Ladies and gentlemen... I give you a trillion dollars...

$1,000,000,000,000 (one trillion dollars)


Notice those pallets are double stacked.
...and remember those are $100 bills.

As a result of the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008, most Americans received a check with a maximum amount of $1,200 for a married couple filing jointly.

If this amount was denominated in $1 bills, stacked one on top of another, the pile would reach a height of 5.16 inches, slightly higher than Apple’s iPhone. 

 A Trillion in $1 bills - would measure 67,866 miles, stretching approximately 2.72 times around the Earth’s equator.





So the next time you hear someone toss around the phrase "trillion dollars"... that's what they're talking about.

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