What Does A Trillion Dollars Look Like?

What 1 TRILLION Dollars Looks Like In Dollar Bills - source

What ONE TRILLION dollars looks like in dollar bills...

Have you ever thought about it? What would 1 trillion dollars look like, laid out in front of you?

I mean, these numbers are tossed around like doggie treats.

So I thought I'd take Google Sketchup out for a test drive and try to get a sense of what exactly a trillion dollars looks like.

We'll start with a 100 dollar bill. Currently, it's the largest U.S. denomination in general circulation.

Pretty much, everyone has seen a $100 bill. However, few have owned one. 🙂

They're also guaranteed to make friends wherever you go!

A packet of one hundred $100 bills is less than 1/2" thick and contains $10,000.

It fits in your pocket easily and is more than enough for a week or two of shamefully decent 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.


While a measly $1 million looks a little unimpressive, $100 million is a little more respectable.

It fits neatly on a standard pallet...


Moreover, 1 BILLION dollars... now we are really getting somewhere...


Next, we'll look at ONE TRILLION dollars.

This is that number we have heard about so much.

What are a trillion dollars anyway?

Well, it's a million million. It's a thousand billion. It's a one followed by 12 zeros ($1,000,000,000,000)

You ready for this?

It's pretty surprising.


Scroll down...I give you 1 trillion dollars...







Almost there...















(And notice those pallets are double stacked.)

So the next time you hear someone toss around the phrase "trillion dollars"... that's what they are talking about!


Update 10 Aug 2011: Here's a new visual demonstration of money. (Source)