Bitcoin statistics

The first digital currency and the largest to this day, bitcoin makes up 34% of the total value of all cryptocurrencies as of 15 January 2018.

Bitcoin's founding is the stuff of legend: it was created in 2009 by the alias Satoshi Nakamoto, who had the idea that money shouldn't be controlled exclusively by a centralised government or agency.

Since then, bitcoin has smashed all records — notably in December 2017, when it reached more than $23,000 (US$19,000) per coin. It's simply changed the way we think about money.

Key statistics about bitcoin:

  • 16.8 million bitcoin are in circulation as of 16 January 2018.
  • Bitcoin is unrestricted — meaning it isn't regulated specifically — in 99 countries out of 246.
  • The richest bitcoin partial wallet contains 179,203 bitcoin — or more than US$2.4 million.

Who uses bitcoin?

  • Women comprise only 3% of those in the bitcoin community.
  • A 2015 CoinDesk survey revealed that more than 90% of bitcoin users are male.
  • The CoinDesk survey also found that 60% of bitcoin owners are under 35 years old, and 65.8% identify as white, followed closely by those who identify as Asian.
  • Of bitcoin users, most are 25 to 34 years old (45.71%), followed by those aged 35 to 44 (30.62%).
  • The most popular currencies to change into bitcoin are the Japanese yen and the US dollar.
  • A December 2017 survey found that 7% of Australians have invested in bitcoin or another cryptocurrency, while a further 20% have considered it.

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