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**How Many Million is a Billion?**

**Etymology**

The word ‘billion’ generated from two French words, ‘million’ and ‘bi’ in the 17th century. ‘Bi’, meaning ‘two’ indicated that a million to the power of two was equivalent to a million.

**Do you know, How many Million is a Billion?**

**One millions = 1,000,000**

**One billion = 1000,000,000**

**1,000,0002 = 1,000,000,000,000 = 1012**

But a billion is not equal to 102 anymore. It’s a former British amount named the long-scale method.

**Long & Short Scale Method**

A billion was considered different according to British and American methods. The long scale was a British method where a billion was considered equivalent to a million, i.e. 1012.

According to the short-scale method or American method, a billion is equal to a thousand million; i.e., 109.

Presently, the long-scale method doesn’t exist anymore. Both British and American methods consider a billion equivalents to a thousand million.

The same rule has been applied to trillions. A trillion used to be 1018 according to the long-scale method. Now it’s settled to 1012.

**Comparison**

Sometimes the difference between a million and a billion is highly underestimated. A billion is a thousand times higher than a million. A simple example may present it easily.

If we compare them in seconds, there are only 11.5 days in a million seconds. On the other hand, a billion seconds makes up to 31.5 years.

Another practical example is, if you can buy a house worth one million, you can buy a thousand houses with one billion. That’s almost a city.

If you want to create a pyramid with 1 and 0 by increasing a zero each time, you will get something like this-

One1Ten10One Hundred100One Thousand 1,000Ten Thousand10,000One Hundred Thousand100,000One Million 1,000,000Ten Million10,000,000One Hundred Million100,000,000One Billion1000,000,000

**Bottom Line**

The numbers get easily messed up with increasing zeros. But it’s easier to remember their difference when you know what they are called.