Frequently Asked Question

How big is Wikipedia?
Last Updated 5 years ago

Wikipedia currently has 5,860,580 articles in total in the English version alone. (This article count is also available on the main page.)

In a past comparison of encyclopedias, Wikipedia had about 1,400,000 articles with 340 million words in total, the Encyclopædia Britannica had about 85,000 articles with 55 million words in total, and Microsoft's Encarta had about 63,000 articles and 40 million words in total. See: Wikipedia:Size comparisons.

Thanks to the mass-collaboration of Wikipedians, the enlargement of Wikipedia continues at a rapid pace, a pace much greater than that of conventional encyclopedias.

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