What Does One Trillion Dollars Look Like?

What's a trillion dollars? A trillion dollars = $1,000,000,000,000. That's 12 zeroes to the left of the decimal point. A trillion is a million million dollars.


A little comparison:

Combined exports of six major oil-producing nations: $587 billion

One bill passed in the US Congress: $1.2 trillion

It cost about $4.5 billion to buy a modern aircraft carrier (warship) and another $5 billion to buy its aircraft. So call it $10 billion per carrier.

A trillion dollars is ONE HUNDRED AIRCRAFT CARRIERS, or TEN TIMES the US Navy's present carrier fleet.

A "trillion dollars" is the state budget (including schools, prisons and three (!) college systems) for SEVEN states the size of California!


American workers now net almost 30 percent less in real wages than they did in 1973. After taxes, two paychecks in a family barely equal the purchasing power one had thirty years ago.


Ahhh, graphics is what you want:

Notice these pallets are double stacked. See the little man in the lower left? So the next time you hear someone toss around the phrase "trillion dollars"... that's what they're talking about.



Maybe a little more:

Each stack is 125 feet wide, 200 feet deep, and 450 feet tall.

450 feet is the height of a 38-story building. It's the hieght of the Millenium Wheel
in London. It is also the height of the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas and the
Louisiana State Capitol Building.

1 million one dollar bills weighs 2.75 tons.
1 trillion 260 billion one dollar bills weighs 3 trillion 465 billion tons.

Josie06 Josie06
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9 Responses Mar 6, 2009

If you think about it this money is being borrowed partly and printed partly. just print more and also welch on the debt. What are the chinese gonna do..invade?

Maybe you should be talking to those who weight it. Scientists maybe. Maybe they pull everything out of their but and nothing is real.<br />
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Why don't you go and ask the people who wrote the above article about it? See: http://87billion.com/index.htm<br />
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Maybe your a scientist or mathematician and better than any other at explaining this to the citizens in a way they would understand.<br />
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Maybe you know other ways to visualize the DEBT that, in this story, President Bush got us into. Then we might better understand the debt that Bush and Obama are making our grandchildren pay.<br />
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But I do not know. Seeing as your are a truly anonymous EPeep, having a completely empty profile. EMPTY!

1 trillion 260 billion one dollar bills weighs 3 trillion 465 billion tons.<br />
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So, you're saying that each dollar bill weighs about 3 tons!?!? Nice math, slick!<br />
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If you're not pulling this out of your butt:<br />
1 million one dollar bills weighs 2.75 tons,<br />
then it would be safe to assume that 1.260 trillion one dollar bills would actually be about 3.5 million tons (which is about 1 / 1,000,000 what you suggested)

That amount of money can only be effectively described in terms of lifetimes of average earnings. <br />
So it is not a graphic of stacks of money I want to see, it's the number of people working from age 16 to 72.

Lip services is true. It takes research on those in office and those wanna-be's every 2 years. Not easy but once in a while we get it right. Not lately though.

So we need to start supporting candidates who aren't going to spend, spend, spend. Are their any?<br />
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I just don't see much of that. We all seem to want something and don't want to pay for it.<br />
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Candidates give lip service to cutting spending and no one runs on sacrifice and higer taxes to reduce the debt.

outercalm ... i think you're right. However, it will not be a question of ready to save our children and grandchildren.<br />
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It will be a matter of government policy to spend, spend and spend more. Thus making government more powerful.<br />
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But at some point it will collapse of it's own weight and greed.

They better start caring real soon. I think at this point it will take both deep spending cuts and higher taxes. The real question is if we are ready to make those sacrifices so our children and grand children aren't burdened with this massive debt.<br />
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I am not confident we are as I have yet to see it in my lifetime.

our government doesn't seem to care that our great grandchldren will be born oweing this debt before they have even earned their first dime.