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What Does One Trillion Dollars Look Like?

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

 

 

$10,000. A packet of one hundred hundred dollar bills is less than 1/2” thick and contains ten thousand dollars. Fits in your pocket easily and is more than enough for a week or two of shamefully decadent fun.

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

$100,000,000. While a measly 1 million dollars looked a little unimpressive, 100 million dollars is a little more respectable. It fits neatly on a standard pallet…

$1,000,000,000. A BILLION dollars… now we’re really getting somewhere…

 

$1,000,000,000,000. A TRILLION dollars! This is that number we’ve been hearing about so much. What is a trillion dollars? Well, it’s a million million. It’s a thousand billion. And notice that those pallets are double-stacked. So the next time you hear someone toss around the phrase “trillion dollars”… this is what they’re talking about.

 

Oh, by the way.. The US debt is 14 TRILLION. Check out the Live US Debt Clock