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

Have you ever though about it. What would 1 trillion dollars look like, layed out in front of you?

I mean, these numbers 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. But fewer have owned them. :-)

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's fits in your pocket easily and is more than enough for 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.

$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 about so much.

What is 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...


















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


(And notice those pallets are double stacked.)

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


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

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Comments: 253

The greys | 25 Oct 2012 - 19:24
how much would that make in gold bars?

Guest | 15 Oct 2012 - 23:26
Me like that money I'm not as crazy about it but love it I'm going to shut up now no I want to keep talking laughing smile whoooooo hoooooo money I love it money huh I'm gonna go now

Guest | 25 Sep 2012 - 17:54
Hey, that's my money! Give it back big gov! angry

Guest | 7 Sep 2012 - 02:32
<3 kkc

Guest | 5 Sep 2012 - 23:15
keith from england ... you americans are clever people

Guest | 1 Sep 2012 - 20:36
$$$$$$$$$$1trillon dollars is this much and this to $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$thats not even close

Guest | 1 Sep 2012 - 20:33
give me the money or i will shoot you angry

guest | 1 Sep 2012 - 20:33
crying i want all that money write now you hear me send me the money angry now

Geek | 24 Aug 2012 - 07:11
I think the most impressive is counting to one billion.
You count the number one by one (one, two, three...) assuming it take you one seconde per number (and it's not so long for number like 7'378'652 or so).
Counting like this will take you more than 30 years non-stop (24/7). In conclusion, for people like Mark Zuckerberg it's faster to earn one billion dollar than counting to one billion.

Guest | 12 Aug 2012 - 18:13
There is and was inflation, not deflation, so why did the government get rid of 500, 1000, 5000, 10000, and 100000 dollar bills? The 100000 dollar bills only the government could use so why would the government burn down its own money?

Guest | 3 Aug 2012 - 14:09
Wtf man dis wasnt helpfu at all i wanna makkkeee money not loose it angry

Guest | 8 Jun 2012 - 16:33
tongue screw obummer.he spent over 14x that.LOSER! angry tongue

Jason Vance | 5 Jun 2012 - 04:36
I actually have 1 trillion dollars I'm serious and I stole it from my cousin. He found it on a rich neighborhood cutting grass and I just told him wow but we were going somewhere together and I just took it my family my whole family (including my cousin) are now rich yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes thank god!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

salvador | 10 May 2012 - 21:02
im pregnant crying

ANTONIO G JIMENA | 30 Apr 2012 - 07:26

ANTONIO | 4 Apr 2012 - 09:07

Guest | 23 Mar 2012 - 17:02
Please include a visual demonstration of 100 Billion Dollars. This is the price tag for a High Speed Rail in California, that is going to get pushed thru.

Thank you,

Confused? | 21 Mar 2012 - 17:11
What scares the heck out of me is the fact that your president, Mr. Obama has spent in a little over 3 years what your President, Mr. Bush spent over his entire Presidency in 8 years. The problem is, at least Bush had 911 and the Second Gulf War to contend with. Now I'm not advocating that your country doesn't need some form of health care. However, do you really need to dig the hole you've dug deeper to give 14 million people who are either unable, unwilling, are illegal or on welfare to get it medical care? Cause your debt is growing faster than your taxes. Just imagine what Obama will do in 4 more years? crying He'll have you looking like Afghanistan!

RRR | 2 Mar 2012 - 07:23
1 billion \d be enough for me

Moi | 13 Feb 2012 - 19:07
Lol I'll take dat tongue

ANTONIO G JIMENA | 11 Feb 2012 - 09:08

Guest | 5 Feb 2012 - 10:11
In Zimbabwe, big money comes in small packages, check this out :

Guest | 25 Jan 2012 - 02:13
That's a lot 'o money. smile

Guest | 4 Jan 2012 - 15:12
Tradze.com is supposed to have a 1 Trillion dollar valuation according to a CNN article i read yesterday

Juliet | 30 Dec 2011 - 20:56
Lol thats good 2 know laughing

Tisha | 26 Dec 2011 - 06:58
Most help articles on the web are inaccurate or inchoernet. Not this!

Guest | 18 Dec 2011 - 22:14
So, assuming you can fit 64 pallets on a 53 foot trailer ( the largest commercially available ) it would take 156.25 Semi's to carry

Guest | 19 Nov 2011 - 13:19
I thought the American economy was based on the Big Mac , c&#8217;mon artist impression what does 15 trillion dollars worth of Big Mac&#8217;s look like&#8230;.

Guest | 14 Sep 2011 - 16:40
I think it should be placed on the U.S. Mex border and let them take what they want.

Guest | 13 Sep 2011 - 19:44
Damn foolish minds...it is all about zeros...go back to work....

ram | 9 Sep 2011 - 14:57
don't you think it's time that we took the blame.
we've been blaming democrats and republicans for years. Yet they dole out the money and we take it.
Are we ever going to be old enough to take care of ourselves. Do you realize that if we stopped taking from the government gifts. The government would save over 3.5 trillion dollars every year. Atleast that would put a dent in our debt. And if we could only live within our means. Do you really need all the stuff that you have? Or is it that we just want it and so we get whether we can afford or not. Just something to think about

Rajendra | 7 Aug 2011 - 09:39
America should look after it's own house ( own state ) first. Stop interfering with outer world.USA spending money on non pro ducting factors.from there is no profit.

Guest | 4 Aug 2011 - 22:22
This whole shithouse is going up in flames.

Guest | 30 Jul 2011 - 14:11
Don't you all find it interesting that our elected representatives knew they could not raise taxes and still get re-elected to their lifetime careers in politics? Their solution was to just go ahead and pass laws that would spend $14 trillion of unauthorized debt (no revenue to pay for the programs)! Now is the time for us to demand they repeal those laws and freeze, cut and cap or vote these out of office! There is not enough money anywhere to pay for this kind of ineptitude! Change is up to the people!

Guest | 30 Jul 2011 - 00:13
What we are witnessing here folks is the fall of the great American empire just like the fall of Rome, ancient Greece and ancient Egypt and all great empires. The Chinese pwned you and this is the start of the great decline. George Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld and their Lubervicher buddies saw to it and did you all good. Enjoy your Boeing flying lasers and directed energy weapons and six naval battle groups and stealth bombers when you can't afford to buy the fuel to run them or feed the people to maintain and operate them...great that you can fight a global war on two fronts when your citizens you are protecting can't feed or clothe themselves and can't afford basic medical care...so long as you can eavesdrop on all electronic communication in real time though...

Guest | 29 Jul 2011 - 20:45
chicken fajita's

Guest | 29 Jul 2011 - 00:56
If you sum up the current US debt, the current state debt, current local debt, federal, state, and local unfunded liabilities, and unfunded pension liabilities, the estimated $ amount is 120 trillion. That's $120,000,000,000,000.00
That's 120 times the pallet loads represented in the picture! To techloyal.com "If I gave you a $100 bill every second until I reached the trillion dollar mark, how many years would it take???" The answer is 38,400 years! It's also about 400 times the number of stars in the Milky Way Galaxy! And the schmucks want MORE!!!

Guest | 28 Jul 2011 - 20:38
Yes we can
Kick the can

Guest | 26 Jul 2011 - 09:36
The American government actually has to borrow money on interest from (FED=Banksters)to pay interest on what it has already borrowed LOL , this cycle of borrowing to pay for interest on borrowed money is never going to end, the only way they can keep up with those interest payments is by taxing the people more and more, man you guys are permenantly screwed - LOL

stupid | 26 Jul 2011 - 03:27
your in debt crying
solution cut some spending sad
find ways of raising extra cash (tax) tongue
simples wassat
so which has the balanced approach?

Guest | 25 Jul 2011 - 18:04
Time for a resource based economy! smile

Guest | 25 Jul 2011 - 06:23
The fun part of today is that the spending cuts proposed are (from what budget? there is no budget!) 2.7 trillion over the next 10 years.
That is effectively 270 billion a year with an outlook of raising the debtseiling again at the end of 2012.

Guest | 23 Jul 2011 - 23:58

Guest | 11 Jul 2011 - 19:37
There is plenty of money for all of us.If anyone thinks differently is full of Bologony!

Guest | 11 Jul 2011 - 19:34
A lot of us are losing jobs-struggling to find another-those who work through Employment Agencies-only get Temporary Work and sent out on other assignments and let go again,and again many times-I for one who has lived through this over the years and nothing has changed-The last place I worked at was at ACCO Canada-located in Brampton,where I live,a less then a 10 minute drive-I wou ld like to know why I was let go again? If anyone who has been through thie can understand this.I first started at ACCO back in Mar.5,2007-Nov.2009-,been let go several times and still out of work,for over a year to the present-What it wrong with this picture?

Lisa Gallant | 11 Jul 2011 - 19:26
There is lots of good things to with the Money.Find it in your hearts to do it-This message to the Government.Especially.

Lisa Gallant | 11 Jul 2011 - 19:23
If I were incharge-The money should go the people-those who need it the most-people who are struggling to make ends meet-increase their wages-NO LOW WAGES-The CEO's are way overly paid-that needs to change-give the people (us) abreak-lord we deserve it-The Government and Companies need to wake up and listen to us-we know better then they do-Thanks.

shan | 10 Jul 2011 - 05:00
damn huge money is mine smile

Guest | 2 Jul 2011 - 12:17
chutiya hai sab

Guest | 25 Jun 2011 - 17:45
money tongue

Guest | 21 Jun 2011 - 22:52
I WANT THAT MONEY gimmie laughing

Joe Blow | 12 May 2011 - 05:08
wow this is crazy but not enough. I NEED MORE. Yes i'm GREEDY. This is about how much the government puts out for bailout. If this is what a Trillion Dollars ($1,000,000,000,000) looks like just imagine what Nonillion Dollars ($1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,
000) looks like. I tell you one thing, If this type of money was in circulation I would build my own planet and space watchtower headquarters overlooking my planet. Then take resources from earth and watch it crumble.

Niko08brown@gmail.com | 6 May 2011 - 16:18
smile gimme that i can flip it tongue wassat

SMILEY GARCIA | 26 Apr 2011 - 00:51
WOW.........ALL I CAN SAY IS WOW wink

Guest | 25 Apr 2011 - 13:41
hi tongue

pushkin jamil | 20 Apr 2011 - 08:58
we need more specific demonstration about 1 trillion dollar to understand.

JINNAH | 15 Apr 2011 - 05:27

Guest | 13 Apr 2011 - 00:04
thats this fucked up world's little ol plan....1 WORLD ORDER! or NEW WORLD ORDER!! wink

christian | 11 Apr 2011 - 22:12
wow i wish i had all that money!!!!!! laughing

Guest | 9 Apr 2011 - 18:20
2.3 Trillion unacounted for :


Joyce | 5 Apr 2011 - 18:52
I would buy American products if they were better made, but America has lost their pride in their workmanship and most workers are only out there for a paycheck and don't care about the end product. Also a lot of the things made in America use other parts in their production and those are made in other countries, so an American product doesn't necessarly mean an all made American product, so why buy just American made products. I am interested in products that are built to last and not built to disentergrate in 10 years more or less. When America makes products so they will last forever then I would be more interested in just buying American, until then I will buy what is best, not necessarly cheapest or American built no matter what country makes it.

Guest | 30 Mar 2011 - 00:18
It would take the average person 31,688 years to count to 1 trillion and unfortunately I do know some people who have that kind of time on their hands. wassat

Assclown | 22 Mar 2011 - 03:11
Gimmie angry

Julia | 17 Mar 2011 - 23:10
Man, can you believe that? Think of what you could do in Japan right now with that money. You could completely repair Japan and have money left over!

Guest | 13 Mar 2011 - 17:12
Look at US..the USA...we are extending out a hand to a Country who attacked us. God forgives and I'm proud of our Country for helping them. If we are to receive help, we must help those in need.
Im all for buying American. It does start with ME. Way to go.....Come one American....let's try it.

Guest | 13 Mar 2011 - 17:09
Come one people....don't you think our Country is worth US taking it back??? WE THE PEOPLE!! Heck yeah....it's still our Country and it's up to us to take it back from people like the Obama's and all of his people behind his power. I say, impeach the JackAss and do what the person who made the comment about buying American said. It starts with each one of us. ME....YOU....Start today and make each day a new adventure. Buy American products. Let's give it a chance. I miss the way things use to be. The Good Old America. The way it should be.

Guest | 13 Mar 2011 - 17:05
America still have the chance to regain the pride we once had. Can u imagine what would happen if we just all started buying all American, what would our Country look like in just one short year?? We could generate new jobs and better made things. We once were a proud country and one that everyone looked to. It starts with ME.....I want to make a difference. It might take a little effort on our part to look for American made products but it will be worth it. IM AMERICAN AND PROUD OF WHAT WE CAN MAKE IT.

Guest | 13 Mar 2011 - 16:55
If we all would start buy AMERICAN products and be strict with it, it would increase new jobs here in the USA...BUY AMERICAN. It may be hard to find, but it starts with me, and you. Just try it.

pooop | 12 Mar 2011 - 23:30
im bill gates

celtic67 | 12 Mar 2011 - 02:04
Take a look at Zimbabwe's $100 Trillion dollar note - You can buy them on EBAY - Your having a laugh

Dave | 6 Mar 2011 - 16:22
laughing THAT WAS AWSOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Guest | 16 Feb 2011 - 20:10

Guest | 11 Feb 2011 - 08:34
I am from ODESSA UKRAINE. I like 1 dollar, 10 dollar ,100 dollar........................... ......................................:s
Good luck frends!

Caroline!! | 10 Feb 2011 - 01:28
tongue i bet the guy standing there is like...I wish i had that!! wink

Guest | 6 Feb 2011 - 23:40
1 trillion dollar bills, not 100$ bills

Guest | 2 Feb 2011 - 03:16
Can you do one with $14 Trillion?

Guest | 30 Jan 2011 - 01:03
smile wow wow wow thats a lot of money,wish i had that much wow..

Colin | 17 Jan 2011 - 14:56
A green piece of paper rules the world.U got money u r somebody,until u die like everyone in the world will die sooner or later and u can be rich or poor and the money in the world don't mean shit.We help a group of people we put in office screw over us and we sat back and say,well that's the way it is and we can't do nothing about.

Guest | 11 Jan 2011 - 22:39
wassat Wow!!!!!!!!!!

personwithalife | 10 Jan 2011 - 00:58
ok....scrolling through the comments....too many numbers...

guest | 6 Jan 2011 - 21:59
wow i cant believe it do anyone what i would do with all that money like foreal only persaon that might have that kind f money is Opera tongue omfg i want all of that wink

Mario | 29 Dec 2010 - 01:05
Holy fuckin shitcrying i wish i had that much that reminds me someone owes me a poundangry ill brake his legs lollaughing

Guest | 1 Dec 2010 - 20:36
ITS OVER 9000!!!!!

Guest | 28 Nov 2010 - 23:12
I could have number 2000 of them and can own the world nation two quadrillion dollars.

Guest | 14 Nov 2010 - 10:04

Guest | 28 Oct 2010 - 21:48
Ah, screw this, it's not "eco friendly" this way...so this $1T will soon just be printed on "one" bill to conserve paper. Enjoy.

Guest | 20 Oct 2010 - 04:16

Guest | 16 Oct 2010 - 00:42
some of you geeks have too much time to kill. Dang, get a life.

Guest | 21 Sep 2010 - 13:00
And thats with $100 bills, imagine doing it with $1s.

Guest | 20 Sep 2010 - 18:52
uae contact dubai

Guest | 20 Sep 2010 - 16:15

Guest | 20 Sep 2010 - 16:13
The one billion should be 1000 million. not just ten more million. That is only ten million dollars!

Guest | 2 Sep 2010 - 17:10
$$$$$$$$$ $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

Ralo | 18 Aug 2010 - 19:46
what would it look like if you had 2 balls on your chin?

Guest | 6 Aug 2010 - 21:13
i have that much....: )

guest | 6 Aug 2010 - 01:55
that's a lot o $$$ r u yeah:tongue laughing sad smile

james owens | 31 Jul 2010 - 00:52
this is so sweet look at all that money it is money heavenlaughing laughing smile

lala | 27 Jul 2010 - 20:23
wow cool

:D snufflegump | 16 Jul 2010 - 02:05

snort. | 16 Jul 2010 - 02:04

my names jacqui :DDD

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