Bitcoin Statistics, History and Facts (2021)



Here are a few of the most interesting Bitcoin statistics and facts I was able to dig up in my internet travels. As always, be sure to check back in the future as I will be updating this post as new and updated stats become available.

What is Bitcoin?

Bitcoin is a consensus network that enables a new payment system and a completely digital money. It is the first decentralized peer-to-peer payment network that is powered by its users with no central authority or middlemen. From a user perspective, Bitcoin is pretty much like cash for the Internet. Bitcoin can also be seen as the most prominent triple entry bookkeeping system in existence. (source)

Bitcoin Facts

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When did Bitcoin begin?

2009


Who started Bitcoin?

Satoshi Nakamoto


Bitcoin Statistics

How many Bitcoin are there?

17.850 million

Last updated 8/1/19


Percentage of Bitcoin that has been mined to date:

85%

Last updated 8/1/19


Bitcoin share of the global cryptocurrency market:

56.9%

Last updated 5/25/19


Total number of transactions:

400 million

Last updated 4/9/19


Average number of transactions per day:

350,000

Last updated 4/9/19


Estimated number of Bitcoins that have been lost:

3.8 million

Last updated 11/27/17


Average amount of transactions processed daily:

$6 billion

Last updated 5/25/19


Day with the highest value transacted over the network:

November 16, 2017 ($2.8 billion)


Maximum number of bitcoins that can ever be created:

21 million


Market cap:

$100 billion

Last updated 8/26/19


Amount that initial coin offerings (ICO) raised in 2017:

close to $2 billion

Last updated 9/7/17


Total revenue from Bitcoin revenue to date:

$14 billion

Last updated 8/24/19


Number of mining nodes:

9,478


Mining Bitcoin takes 2x as much energy as it does to mine gold, platinum or copper.


1% of all Bitcoin wallets control $100 billion in Bitcoin

Last updated 9/18/18


Amount of energy the network consumes:

64.15 terawatt hours per year (More than all of Switzerland)

Last updated 7/4/19


Bitcoin accounts for roughly 0.25% of the world’s electricity consumption.

Last updated 7/4/19


 

Please note that some of these numbers are easier to find than others. These Bitcoin stats are based on news reports and not official company tallies. No information contained on DMR should be relied upon to make investment decisions. Basically, this is the best I can find and I don’t guarantee anything to be 100%.