How Long Does It Take To Count to 1 Million?

Naturally, how long it takes depends on how fast you can count.

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But if you can count from 1 to 100 in one minute, and you keep counting every minute, without stopping, for eight hours every day (taking time off to eat, sleep, and go to school), you would reach 1 million in 20 days, 6 hours, and 40 minutes, or almost 3 weeks.

If, however, you give up eating, sleeping, and school, and just count every minute of every hour of every day, you would reach 1,000,000 in 6 days, 22 hours, and 40 minutes, almost 1 week.

If you’ve tried counting to 1 million, tell us how long it took.

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23 thoughts on “How Long Does It Take To Count to 1 Million?”

  1. Just under 30 days. Giving an average time for each power of 10, 99 10s, 900 100s, 9000 1000s, 90000 10000s and 900000 100000s.

  2. It would take something like six and a half week to count to one million if you read every number out loud. Depending on how many syllables there is in the time it takes to say it will vary.

    Added together the numbers between 1 and 1000000 contain 13219006 syllables. And that is if you skip the usuage of the additional word “and” and only focus on pronouncing the numbers.

    How many syllables that can be pronounced per second will most likely differ between persons. Some will most probably also argue that syllables in smaller numbers will be easier to say, than syllables in larger numbers. I don’t know. But it isn’t that important anyway.

    Let us just guess a mean value for how many seconds that is needed to pronounce a “general” syllable. 0.3 seconds for example. This multiplied with the number of syllables that one would need to pronounce would result in a counting duration of 49 days.

    Also, being a bit more generous and also including a small pause between every number – for the counter to catch his or her breath – stretching for the same duration (0.3 seconds), would add another 3.5 days to that.

    So, to sum it up a rather speedy counter with a sharp mind that wouldn’t do anything but counting would have to spend around 50 days to reach the one million mark.

    Unless this small thesis of mine is incorrect, that is.

  3. Also, being a bit more generous and also including a small pause between every number – for the counter to catch his or her breath – stretching for the same duration (0.3 seconds), would add another 3.5 days to that.

  4. If it takes one second to say each number with two digits how many seconds does it take to say a number with six digits? Therefore it must take longer to say some numbers than others. For example, how long does it take to say 7, how long does it take to say 42? How long does it take to say 147,697? Therefore it varys from how fast you can say the numbers and how long they are.

  5. It takes 11 and a half days to count to one million.
    1 second=1number

    60 seconds=1 minute
    60 minutes=1 hour
    24 hours=1 day

    Divide 1 million(1,000,000), by 60 . . .
    1,000,000 divided by 60=16666.66667
    Divide 16666.66667 by 60 again
    16666.66667 divided by 60=277.7777778
    Divide 277.7777778 by 24
    277.7777778 divided by 24=11.57407407

    Therefore it takes around 11 and a half days for an average person to count to 1 million. It all counts on how fast that person can count aswell.

  6. I think it would be even more better if you were capable of quoting a source accurately. If you look carefully, the First Dummy said “…count ONE number million times” not “…count ON number million times”.

    Now, you seem like the kind of person who would reply back to this and say that neither of you had any words in all caps, but I had to use all caps to highlight both of your dumb mistakes.

    Just to clarify, my title was typed grammatically incorrect intentionally in order to make fun of both really dumb titles.

  7. So, we have many factors here, so I came up with a theory of my own. After all, not everyone can count to 100 in 60 seconds!

    One factor is that it takes longer to say 234,856 than, say, 2,348. Solved.

    Another factor is the sleep factor. Solved.
    So, let’s say we do one-Mississippi from 1 to 100. From 100 to 1,000, it takes an average of one second. So, we can safely consolidate (sp?) these numbers. 1000*1=1000 (No, *really*?)

    From 1,000 to 10,000, it takes an average of two seconds to count. Subtracting the 1,000 we’ve already so-called counted, that leaves us with 9,000*2 seconds=18,000

    From 10,000 to 100,000, let’s say it takes about three seconds. Sure, it’s not a straight line on the chart, but I’m not some über-mathematician, okay?
    (100,000-10,000)*3=270,000 seconds

    Finally, from 100,000 to le nombre de Grand, it takes around four seconds. Skipping that math, that specific leg should take 3,600,000 seconds (wow, already over a million).
    Adding it up, it should take (nonstop) 3,889,000 seconds. But, we still have the sleep factor. If you devoted eight hours of your day counting to a million, you have 28,800 seconds of your day towards counting.

    3,889,000 seconds divided by 28,800 seconds a day = 135.035 days.

    For the 75 days of summer (if you were laid off), I guess you could spread your 136 days over the year, perhaps over your lifetime!


  8. duh, i would like to see anyone RUN around the world once…considering all the continents aren’t connected…idiot

  9. Along with the sleep factor, many psychological and physical factors remain to be equated.
    It is my conclusion, that a HUMAN cannot count to 1 million in a REAL lifetime.
    Every-other equation is lacking in measurable factors and relevant data.
    That’s all.

  10. i once tried to count to 1,000,000. I couldn’t. I onl;y counted to 1345, and then my jaw hurt…

  11. about 5.78 days nonstop for most people, most people count two numbers a second when they’re shooting for a large number so 1,000,000 / 2 = 500,000 and 60 seconds in a minute, so 500,000 / 60=8333.333 and 60 minutes in an hour so 8333.333 / 60=138.888 and 24 hours in a day, so 138.888 / 24= 5.78

  12. It is!
    That is, if you include sleeping.
    A person might count a few hundred numbers a day, rest, do usual stuff, and continue.
    This might go on for a long time.
    But, a human could manage.
    It could be their dream, and they might be giving forever to fulfill it.
    They might even count a few thousand a day if their really stubborn!

  13. I’ll try it…

    The point of my equation was to prove that you don’t have to be some weird guy counting numbers 24 hours a day in order to count to a million, and it wouldn’t take long to do it, even while taking long breaks.


  14. The question is “to count” not to literally say each words of every numbers. Lets just say theres 1Million dollars of $1 bills infront of you.

  15. i don’t think anyone can count to 1,000,000 in a week, but i do know that chuck norris can count to 1,000,000 twice in one second……

  16. The math here is false. The fundation of how this was worked out is how long it takes to count to 100 in seconds; which is fine but when you get to say 10,000, counting from that to 10,100 would take a lot longer than counting from 1 – 100; because you have to actually say ten thousand and one, which – quite obviously – take a lot longer than saying: one. So in short you higher you count the longer it take to count; like an incline graph:)

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