Santa Data

We already published lots of numbers and statistics about Santa. But here is an article dedicated to the subject. Facts may vary.  santa is not an exact science but all about estimates.

Researchers worked out that, based on official population figures, there are 1.6 billion children worldwide set to be visited by Santa this year.

This requires visiting 5,556 homes a second.

He eats 150 billion calories in milk and mince pies.

With an average of 2.5 children per household, Santa will need to make 640 million stops on Christmas Eve.

Each child needs 80cm of wrapping, which would stretch 1.6 million miles. That is enough to wrap around the world 60 times and is more than six times the distance between the Earth and the Moon.

Our experts assume us each elf can wrap a present in exactly 10 seconds and at that speed wrapping two presents for every child would require 3,000 elves to work eight hours every day for an entire year to get the job done.

If two metres of wrapping paper costs Santa 99p, this will cost a total of £1.27 billion.

The total number of presents would set Santa back £279.27 billion. That is £30bn more than the GDP of Finland.

Prior to the big night, Santa needs to store all these presents in a warehouse.

Assuming each present average out at 0.008 m3, the warehouse would need to cover the same space as 240,000 double-decker buses.

But thanks to the different time zones and the rotation of the Earth, Santa does have 32 hours to work with.

If he drinks and eats milk and mince pies at each of these addresses, he will consume a total of 150 billion calories in just one night – 60,000 times his daily recommended intake.

Assuming each of the 640m homes he visits gives him a 200ml glass of semi-skimmed milk and one mince pie, Santa will have drunk almost 130 million litres of milk (that is 28.6m gallons) by the time he’s finished his deliveries – enough to fill over 50 Olympic swimming pools.

He will also have eaten nearly 40,000 metric tonnes worth of mince pies.

SANTA will be stuffed with 2.2billion mince pies on Christmas Eve – and 550million times over the drink-drive limit from necking brandy.

To work off this extra weight, Santa would need to walk 1.3 billion miles, which is 54,000 times around the circumference of the earth.


Based on the world population data for under-14s, taken from the U.S. Global Census, Seagate worked out Santa would receive an estimated 1,843,868,987 letters this year.

If each Christmas letter takes up an estimated 500KB when uploaded as a scanned copy, it would take up 859GB of data each year.

Letters from India’s children would take up the most room with 338MB.  China comes in second taking up 225MB and Nigeria sits in third place taking up 72MB.

The UK comes in at number 32 on the list, taking up 10MB of data.