How much is a Trillion?

Our country is currently $16,000,000,000,000 ($16 trillion) in debt.  Trying to conceptualize how much a trillion is can be somewhat difficult.  Here are some fun ways to understand just how much a trillion is.

Since the Birth of Christ – 0 AD

2012 years x 365.25* days = 734,883 days since the birth of Christ

734,883 days plus 259 days as of September 15, 2012 = 735,142 days since the birth of Christ

735,142 days x 24 hours = 17,643,408 hours since the birth of Christ

17,643,408 hours x 60 minutes = 1,058,604,480 minutes since the birth of Christ

1,058,604,480 minutes x 60 seconds = 63,516,268,800 seconds since the birth of Christ

There hasn’t even been a trillion seconds since the birth of Christ.

If we spent $1 for every second that has occurred since the birth of Christ, we have only spent $63,516,268,800.  Now, let’s use the $16 trillion our country is in debt and see how that factors.

$251.91 is spent every second.

$15,114.59 is spent every minute.

$906,875.25 is spent every hour.

$21,765,005.95 is spent every 24 hours or every day.

* The .25 accounts for leap years

Using a Dollar Bill

Another fun way to understand a trillion and our nations $16 trillion dollars of debt is to look at the distance between Los Angeles, California, and New York, New York.  There are 2,452 miles between Los Angeles, CA, and New York, NY.

2,452 miles x 5,280 feet = 12,946,560 feet

12,946,560 feet x 12 inches = 155,358,720 inches

A dollar bill is 6 inches in length.  When taking 155,358,720 inches and dividing it by 6 inches, we get 25,893,120 dollar bills.  It takes 25,893,120 dollar bills laid end to end to go from Los Angeles, CA, to New York, NY.  That is nowhere near a trillion!

So, if a person has $16 trillion one-dollar bills, how many times could they go back and forth from Los Angeles, CA, to New York, NY?  617,925 times.

We hear these numbers of how much debt our country is in and how much is continuing to be spent and we don’t really understand the magnitude of them.  As you can see, if a person spent $1 for every second since the birth of Christ, they haven’t spent anywhere near 16 trillion.  Additionally, a person could travel from Los Angeles, CA, to New York, NY, or the other way, 617,925 times if they laid down 16 trillion one-dollar bills end to end.  Or, in other words, if a person took one trip from LA to New York every day of the year, they could do so for 1,692 years!  The average life span of a person is 76 years.

Hopefully, these fun ways of looking at how much a trillion is has helped you understand the severity of our country’s spending and debt.  It certainly helped me once I broke it down.



Angela K. Love

Born and raised the first eight years of her life in Missouri, South Dakota PolitiChick State Director Angela K. Love moved with her biological mom to Southern California the summer before her ninth birthday. Due to health issues, Angela was put into a foster home shortly after arriving there. The foster family took her in as their own and adopted her when she was 12 years old. During her first year with her new family, Angela became a Christian, surrendering her life to Christ. Her adoptive mother was diagnosed with cancer shortly after the adoption took place and finally lost her battle with cancer the summer after Angela graduated high school in 1986. Angela worked for two years at Focus on the Family (1987-1989) and went on a stateside summer mission project to Daytona Beach, Florida, with Campus Crusade for Christ the summer of 1988. Angela had a short stint in college before she moved back to mid-Missouri in 1990. Then in 1991, Angela was introduced to her future husband, Phil Love, by Senator John Loudon and PolitiChicks anchor Dr. Gina Loudon. Phil and Angela were married in June of 1992. Angela moved with her husband, three kids and beloved Golden Retriever dogs to Pueblo, CO, in 2005. In 2007, Phil and Angela started a home-based business, Phang, LLC, specializing in Commercial Underwriting. In 2008, Angela obtained her real estate license. She became an Employing Broker and opened her own real estate business in 2010. She has been a part of over $10MM in commercial real estate deals and was the driving force in convincing International Hospitality Group to allow Holiday Inn hotels to reside in two adjoining, competing Denver, CO, suburbs. In the summer of 2012, Angela and her family moved to Rapid City, SD. Angela expects to graduate with honors with Bachelor Degrees in Business Administration in both Management and Finance in 2013, after which she plans to pursue an MBA. Angela enjoys stimulating intellectual debate over politics and Christianity. Angela enjoyed her work supporting Dr. Gina Loudon, author, radio talk show host, and PolitiChicks anchor, as an Assistant Producer for the Dr. Gina Show. She still continues as an Assistant producer for Dr. Gina's YouTube Channel." Angela is a staunch social and fiscal conservative.

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