How many ZEROS are in a BILLION?

Real Estate Agent with Realty Professionals, Inc.

I was reading a local magazine called Searcy Living and they had an article in there that made me think about how to comprehend how big a BILLION is.  With all of the talk on the news about the government giving X number of Billions to this company and that company, they make it sound like pocket change because they use the word Billion loosely.  Let's take a look how hard it is to comprehend how much a Billion is.

A BILLION seconds ago, it was 1979.

A BILLION minutes ago it was the year 106.

A BILLION hours ago, our ancestors were living in the stone age. (if you believe in this)

A BILLION dollars ago was only 8 hours and 20 minutes at the rate the government is spending it.

That is still hard to comprehend but to think that a billion seconds ago, it was 1979.  That is 32 years ago and that is alot of seconds.  Think about, a billion seconds from now is the year 2041. WOW!  Just a thought?!

My name is Larry DeGroat and I am a Realtor in Searcy, Arkansas and I sell new homes, existing homes, commercial property, farms and land as well as manage and own rental properties. If you are looking for real estate for an investment or a home, I will be glad to assist you! You can call my personal cell number at 501-278-7659 or e-mail me at Visit my website at if you are looking for Searcy homes for sale or other areas.

Comments (4)

Amanda Brewer
Goff Realty, Inc - Beebe, AR

Difficult to comprehend and a little ridiculous if you ask me!

Mar 05, 2009 02:22 AM
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

I read that too and it was pretty interesting.  Lotta money it is.

Mar 05, 2009 09:09 AM
RE/MAX Advantage Realtors, Searcy, AR - Searcy, AR


It is hard for people to imagine what a billion dollars is, I just know congress can spend it in the blink of an eye! lol

Mar 05, 2009 11:42 PM
Betty Fletcher
Fletcher Property Management Inc CRMC® * - Little Rock, AR
MPM, RMP - Little Rock Arkansas Property Manager

Larry - Thanks for putting a 'billion' into perspective for me! 

Mar 06, 2009 07:50 PM