It was almost 16 years ago when a video sharing website was launched by 3 PayPal employees who named it YouTube. Since then, they never looked back. Over the years, YouTube has become a household name and is one of the most visited social media platforms in the world.
The very first YouTube video was uploaded back on 23rd April 2005 by Jawed Karim, one of the co-founders of YouTube. It was titled “Me at the Zoo.” Thereafter, more than 800 million videos have been uploaded on the platform with more than a billion users.
Some sources even say there are over 26 billion videos that have been uploaded since 2005. The estimations may vary. It was not long before YouTube hit 100 million views per day, only after a year from the day it was launched. Available in more than 100+ countries, YouTube is undoubtedly the biggest global video-sharing platform in 2021.
So, you can probably imagine that YouTube has some more fun statistics involved with it, right? Well, you are right. YouTube has some crazy stats that will surely give you a surprise. Let’s talk about them in this blog in detail.
More than 2 billion YouTube users
The global population is estimated to be at 7.9 billion people, and YouTube has 2 billion active users. This clearly tells us that more than 25% of all the people around the world are users of this social platform. If you are passionate about creating videos and sharing them with a global audience, there is no better platform than YouTube. With such a huge audience, YouTube contributes to 45% of the online traffic in the entire worldwide web. This is why it is one of the giants in the web industry.
One billion hours of video time
You’ll be surprised to know that people around the world contribute to an estimated 1 billion hours of video time every day of the year. This YouTube statistic is more than enough to tell you how popular this social media platform is. People love watching so many YouTube videos because they are entertaining, informative, knowledgeable and allow an individual to connect with their favorite content creators around the world as well. Its easy-to-use UI and overall functionality make it so popular.
Most downloaded app in the USA
It’s not Google or Tik-Tok, YouTube is the most downloaded app in the United States of America. Facebook and Google take second & third place behind YouTube on being the most downloaded applications. There will be more than 210 million YouTube viewers in 2022 in the USA vs. the 192 million viewers in 2018. India has the most number of YouTube users in the world. There are 225 million Indian users on this video sharing platform which is at least 16% of the entire population.
58% of all online users visit YouTube
People of all age groups visit YouTube. The platform has the highest percentage of YouTube users aged between 15 – 25 years old, and almost 81% of all the viewers of this age group visit the platform. At least 71% of the viewers between 26 – 35 years old visit YouTube regularly. All of that combined tells us that 58% of all online users visit YouTube at least once a day around the world.
Google bought YouTube for $1.6 billion
In 2006, YouTube turned out to be Google’s second most valuable purchase in the last decade. Adjusted to today’s currency and inflation, that acquisition is now worth more than $2.1 billion. It raised a lot of eyebrows in 2006, and many experts termed the purchase as a “bad move” because of YouTube’s low earning levels. They have been proved wrong because YouTube now earns $15 billion annually. So, the long-term gamble by Google surely paid off, and now they are enjoying the rewards.
YouTube is one of the top marketing platforms
According to a study in 2020, it has been found that almost 55% of all marketers use YouTube to brand products and services. With such huge numbers, YouTube has become the biggest platform for video marketing campaigns in the world, and the statistics are only going to improve.
YouTube Music is one of the top music players
A lot of users were overjoyed when YouTube came forward to announce their newest addition – YouTube Music. Since music videos gain the most number of videos on YouTube, the YouTube Music app seemed to be a nice addition to the YouTube ecosystem. In 2019, the app was downloaded 13.3 million times from the Google Play Store and 4+ million times from the Apple Store. This made it one of the world’s leading mobile music applications of recent times, just behind Spotify and Apple Music.
A 9-year-old is the highest-paid YouTube star
It is difficult to believe, but it is true. The nine-year-old Ryan Kaji was the highest-paid YouTube star in 2020. His channel “Ryan’s World” was able to generate well above $29.5 million from YouTube. His YouTube channel has more than 46 billion views and continues to be one of the fastest-growing channels in the industry. Ryan also has other channels which contribute to the huge earnings he has pulled off.
Most subscribed channel on YouTube
YouTube is a fun place and a platform that can surprise a lot of people. T-Series, an Indian music label, has the most active users in the world. T-Series has 179 million subscribers under their banner with 150+ billion views. Second in this race is the world-famous YouTube sensation, PewDiePie. He is the first individual YouTube creator to cross the 100 million subscribers mark in YouTube’s history. He currently has 108 million subscribers and over 27 billion views combined.
Most visited websites in the USA
It goes without saying that YouTube has successfully managed to capture a loyal audience, and that is why it can reach new heights every year. In 2019, YouTube became the most visited website in the United States of America. With at least 1.7 billion in monthly traffic, it was much ahead of Facebook, Snapchat or Instagram. This is another fact that clearly shows us how popular YouTube currently is in the world.
The Bottom Line
So, these are some of the top YouTube statistics that you should be aware of. Make sure to go through every point we discussed in this blog about YouTube statistics and let us know which one surprised you the most.
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