What does eleven trillion dollars look like? 5

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


A packet of one hundred $100 bills is less than 1/2″ thick and contains $10,000. Fits in your pocket easily and is more than enough for week or two of shamefully decadent fun.


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

$1,000,000 (one million dollars)

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

$100,000,000 (one hundred million dollars)

And $1 BILLION dollars… now we’re really getting somewhere…

$1,000,000,000 (one billion dollars)

Next we’ll look at ONE TRILLION dollars. This is that number we’ve been hearing so much about. What is a trillion dollars? Well, it’s a million million. It’s a thousand billion. It’s a one followed by 12 zeros.

You ready for this?

It’s pretty surprising.

Go ahead…

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Ladies and gentlemen… I give you $1 trillion dollars

$1,000,000,000,000 (one trillion dollars)

Notice those pallets are double stacked.
…and remember those are $100 bills.

So the next time you hear someone toss around the phrase “trillion dollars”… that’s what they’re talking about.

After seeing What does one TRILLION dollars look like?, I’ve gotten quite a few requests to translate that into the U.S.National Debt, 11 trillion dollars as of March, 2009.

So here you go, the U.S. National Debt in $100 dollar bills…

$11 trillion dollars ($11,000,000,000,000)



Posted under Economics, United States by Jillian Becker on Tuesday, July 19, 2011

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This post has 5 comments.

  • Liz

    This is absolutely mind boggling. This much in debt, and I’ll bet we could do without more than half of the government programs and entitlements that its all being funneled into.  But no, we must not stop pouring it all down the ratholes of funding a ton of bogus garbage, from the EPA to ACORN, etc, etc.  

  • Ralph

    The federal government needs a bail out. We tax payers don’t have the money to do it. Creative accounting may delay the default that is coming by a few years. Hopefully the collapse of  Western collectivism won’t end in anarchy, but in case it does I’m remembering the rational self interest expressed by Ayn Rand.

    • Keith

      Ralph, I am glad you brought up Ayn Rand’s rational self interest. It seems the popular measure of a good person is the amount of doing for others or the amount to charity they contribute. I contend that if everyone lived by Ayn Rand’s rational self interest there would be no one who wanted or needed doing for. If there was no one who needed something from someone else we wouldn’t be in the pickle we are today. Everyone would take care of themselves because it benefited them to do so.

    • Keith

      BTW, I would be happy with just half a pallet.

      • Ralph

        I would also have a rational self interest in half a pallet.