What does $11 Trillion look like? The US Debt is 13 times more than all money in circulation and other tidbits.

What does $11 Trillion look like?

CNBC has a series of graphics giving viewers a visual of just how deep in a hole we are – or in this case how big of a stack we are.  The national debt is shown as a huge stack of greenbacks dwarfing the Dubai Tower (tallest building in the world) and accompanied by the following caption: 


US National Debt

$11,046,247,657,049.48 (According to US Treasury Direct, 3/26/09)

The mounting US National debt, growing by billions every day, has recently topped the $11 trillion mark.  If denominated in $1 bills, the cash would stack as high as the tallest building in the world, the 2683.7 foot Burj Dubai skyscraper… 1,474,918 times.  At this height, it would create a block of bills with a base approximately twice the size of the Empire State Building, which is just under the size of three American football fields.

It is also interesting to note that this number is approximately 13 times the amount of US currency in circulation, according to the Treasury bulletin, which lists the amount at $853.6 billion as of December 31, 2008.


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