Before visualizing the US debt in dollars, let’s understand what the national debt is and how the US government came to be so indebted. The national debt is the amount of money owed by the US government or federal agencies to their creditors and investors. The national debt in America continues to rise each passing year. This is because the US government always spends more money than they have, resulting in the need for more debt and a negative balance of trade. The national debt is usually referred to as a certain amount of money per citizen. This technique makes it is easier for us to get a visualization of US debt.
However, this isn’t the only way to visualize the US debt in dollars. Before moving towards the visualization of US debt in cash, let’s find out how much the debt is.
How Large is The US Debt in Dollars?
As of June 2021, the US national debt is $28.43 trillion. Let’s see what this means when we convert it into $100 bills.
On average, a human would earn this money in a year. It is enough to travel or buy high-end accessories.
A Million Dollars
Ever wondered, “what does a million dollars look like in cash?”
Here is what a million dollars look like in a bundle of $100 bills.
One Hundred Million Dollars
The stack filling up the pallet is one hundred million dollars.
One Billion Dollars
One billion dollars easily equates to 10 tons of 100 dollar bills. This is what it looks like.
One Trillion Dollars
This is a single unit of a trillion dollars. Remember how the debt was 28.43 trillion? Let’s see what that would look like.
20+ Trillion Dollars
Have you thought about what 20 trillion dollars look like in cash? This is what it looks like. And this isn’t even all the US debt in $100 bills.
This visualization of US debt allows us to analyze how deeply indebted the US citizens and government is. If you ever wondered how much the US debt would look like in 100-dollar bills, then this visualization should be enough to help you understand the situation. There is a chance that the US debt will increase over the next few years requiring bigger visualizations for the data.