How long would it take to count to a billion?

Can you? Sure you could. Theoretically, anyway. There are 86,400 seconds in every day.

If you gave yourself a second per number, this means you could count to a million in just over 11.5 days, and a billion in about 11,574.5 days—or about 31 years and 252 days.

Of course, the figures above don’t factor in sleeping, eating, or living a normal life.

So if you’d like to count only half the day and take the rest of the time off, you’d have to allow for more than 23 days for a million, and 63 years and 137 days to count to a billion.

If you lived in Great Britain, you’d have an even harder time:

An American billion is only a thousand million (1,000,000,000), but a British billion is a million million, or what Americans would call a trillion (1,000,000,000,000).

To get to that number, you could start in this lifetime, but you’d have to leave the finish to one of your descendants:

counting a number per second for twelve hours a day, seven days a week, would get you to a million million in 63,376 years and 65 days. Better get started.

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3 thoughts on “How long would it take to count to a billion?”

  1. It may take only one second to say numbers such as 1, 2, 3 etc. but it takes much longer when you start saying “Eight hundred million, two hundred and sixty seven thousand, five hundred and four”, etc!

  2. If you counted one number every second it would take you about 31 years and 52 days. now adding a breath and numbers up to 8 seconds, the best quess would be 791 years, 312 days ,14 hours, 23 seconds.

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