Million to Thousand Converter

Created by Vishnuvardhan Shakthibala
Reviewed by Dominik Czernia, PhD and Steven Wooding
Last updated: Nov 14, 2022

Use our million to thousand converter to convert any quantity in millions to thousands or thousands to millions. Do you know how many thousands are there in a million? Or in other words, do you know how many thousands make a million? Are you still thinking about answering these questions? Do not worry! We are here to help you.

To know how many thousands make a million, all you have to input 1 in the “Value in millions” field, and ta-da here is your answer. A million includes 1000 thousand. Now that we have answered the above question, would you like to know more about million and thousand? If you have a few minutes, continue reading this article (we know you are curious 😉).

How to use the million to thousand converter

Input the value you want to convert either from millions to thousands or from thousands to millions in the particular field. You will get the required output in the form you want. At the bottom of the calculator, you also get the value in the decimal system (the system that shows you the full value!).

In the same field, you can play with the drop-down list to learn to represent thousands and millions in scientific notation, i.e., notation in powers of 10.

Why do we need words to represent numbers?

Let's say you want to represent any quantity in its original value form. For example, the total population in California of 39,200,000, or the average net salary in the US is 31,100 USD. We can see that large numbers are all around us, from statistical to financial quantities. It becomes cumbersome to write these numbers and costly to store them on the computer.

As a result, people established a short form to represent large numbers. With that, we can write the total population in California as 39.2 million or the average net salary in the US as 31.1 thousand USD.

The most common numbering systems to represent large numbers

Around the world, there are numerous numbering systems adapted to represent large numbers. Here are some of the common numbering systems:

  • Large scale system: This system is popular in European countries. It has a long history and is believed to have been first used in 1484 by the French mathematician Nicolas Chuquet. In this system, after a million, we have multiples of thousand and multiples of million. For example, a thousand times million is called milliard (109), and a million times million is a billion (1012).

  • Short scale system: Since this system is common in America, we call it the American system. After a million, every increment of multiple of 1000 has a new name in this system. For example, 1000 times million is a billion, and 1000 times billion is a trillion.

  • Indian number system: This system is used in the Indian sub-continent. Basically, after 10,000, every multiple of 100 has a new name in this system. For example, 100 times 10,000 is a lakh, and 100 times lakh is a crore. Do you want to know about conversion between crore and lakh? Please check out our crore to lakh converter. And to convert from the Indian numbering system to the American system, use the million to lakh converter or crore to million converter.

  • SI metric prefix: Metric prefixes are numbering systems followed by an international system of units to standardize the representation of large numbers involved in scientific quantities. For example, 1 kilowatt (kW) is equal to 1000 W, which is the power conversion from kilowatt to watt; here, the kilo is 1000. Check out our length converter if you are ever in need of converting length from imperial units to SI units or vice versa.

The following table helps you understand the difference between long and short-scale systems, which shows the large numbers in large and short-scale systems and their value in scientific notation.

Numbers

Long scale system

Short scale system

In scientific notation

1,000,000

a million

a million

106

1000 × million

a milliard

a billion

109

million × million

a billion

a trillion

1012

1000 × million × million

a billiard

a quadrilion

1015

million × million × million

a trillion

a quintillion

1018

1000 × million × million × million

a trilliad

a sextillion

1021

💡 It should have been Googol, not Google

The world's most used search engine, Google, was supposed to be named "googol". Founders of google wanted to call it "googol," which is the large number of 10100. Because of a slight mistake, the Google name got stuck, and also the availability of the domain name at that time (in 1997) made it possible to register the database as google.com.

Million to thousand and thousand to million conversion

You need the following formulae for conversions:

  • To convert from millions to thousands, the formula is:

    Quantity in thousands = quantity in millions / 1000

  • To convert from thousands to millions, the formula is:

    Quantity in millions = 1000 * quantity in thousands

Keep these numbers in mind!

So, to convert from millions to thousands, multiply the value in millions by 1000; the result is a value in thousands. Similarly, to convert from a value in thousands to millions, multiple the value in thousands by 0.001, and you end up with a value in millions. If you ever find yourself in a situation wondering how many thousands are in a million, try to remind yourself of the below equations:

  • Millions to thousands: 1 million = 1000 thousand
  • Thousands to millions: 1 thousand = 0.001 million
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