2019 Blockchain Statistics, Trends & Data

Blockchain technology has been developing at an incredibly fast rate. Alongside the rate of technological development comes adoption from individuals and companies, the growing number of blockchain jobs, government pilots and the proliferation of Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs). Below are some of the key statistics and notable events surrounding all of the above.

Note: This list will be regularly updated.

Adoption Statistics

Understand the rate at which blockchain technology is being adopted.

  • There are 28 million blockchain wallet users worldwide – Statista, 2018
  • There were 11,290 cryptocurrency accepting businesses at the end of 2017. – Cointelegraph, 2018
  • Businesses are receiving over $110 million per month in Bitcoin payments – BitPay, 2017
  • Around 47% of bitcoin-accepting merchants are in the US, while 35% are in Europe with only 2% in Latin America. – BitPay, 2017
  • 5% of Americans hold bitcoin – The Global Blockchain Council, 2018
  • The interest in blockchain over the last 12 months has been the highest in Malta. Followed by China and Ghana – Google Trends, 2018
  • Only 14% of surveyed CIOs said they are including blockchain in their future plans – Gartner, 2018
  • There are over 4,000 Bitcoin ATMs worldwide – Coin ATM Radar, 2018

ICO Statistics

Learn about the volume and valuations of Initial Coin Offerings.

  • A total sum of $22 billion has been raised by ICOs – Coindesk, 2018
  • The average ICO size in 2018 is $25.72 million compared to $15.98 million in 2017 – Coindesk, 2018
  • $5.4 billion was raised in June 2018, making it the greatest month for ICOs by volume – Coindesk, 2018
  • EOS launched the largest ICO of all time, raising $4.2 billion – Coindesk, 2018
  • The number of ICOs has reached 650 in 2018 (Dec 2018). This is compared to 343 in the whole of 2017 – Coindesk, 2018

Bitcoin Statistics

Understand the key milestone and statistics related to the first-ever cryptocurrency, Bitcoin.

  • There are 11 million bitcoin wallets set up – BitInfoCharts, 2018
  • A study by Cambridge University concluded that Bitcoin has 2.5-6 million active users – Cambridge University, 2017
  • On the 4th of January 2018 the number of Bitcoin transactions performed in one day reached 425,000. The highest it has ever been. – Blockchain.com, 2018
  • On the 14th of December 2017 there were 1.13 million active bitcoin wallets, the highest number ever recorded in a single day. – BitInfoCharts, 2018
  • There are 567 bitcoin wallets with a balance of $10 million or more – BitInfoCharts, 2018
  • The largest balance held by a single bitcoin wallet is 138,661 BTC on Bitfinex – BitInfoCharts, 2018
  • The Bitcoin Price reached its all-time high on the 17th of December 2017, peaking at $19,783 – Coindesk, 2018
  • At its peak 1 Bitcoin could purchase 6358 Big Macs – BitcoinPPI, 2018
  • 48% of bitcoin users are between the ages of 25 and 34 – Coin Dance, 2018
  • Bitcoin has been announced “dead” more than 320 times – 99 Bitcoins, 2018

Blockchain Job Statistics

Learn about the jobs that have been created within the blockchain space.

  • There are 13,309 currently open positions in the blockchain space according to LinkedIn’s job search tool – LinkedIn, 2018
  • 127 of those vacancies are classified as “remote” work – LinkedIn, 2018
  • Cryptocurrency startups pay 10-20% higher salaries compared to industry averages – AngelList, 2018
  • 61% of all vacancies in the blockchain space are for Engineers. The second highest is Operations with 10% – AngelList, 2018
  • Javascript is the most important programming language for full stack developers in the blockchain industry – AngelList, 2018

Most Notable Blockchain Company Acquisitions

Discover which are the largest and most notable company acquisitions that have occured in the blockchain industry.

  • Circle acquired Poloniex in a deal rumored to be worth $400 million – Fortune, 2018
  • In July 2013, Eric Voorhees sold his market-leading gambling site for 126,000 Bitcoin – Venture Beat, 2013
  • Tron bought peer to peer file sharing platform BitTorrent for $126 million – The Coin Offering, 2018
  • Ticketmaster acquired blockchain Ticketing Solution Upgraded – PRNewswire, 2018
  • Circle bought established crowdfunding platform SeedInvest – FinSMEs, 2018
  • Coinbase acquired blockchain startup Cypher Browser – Coindesk, 2018
  • ConsenSys bought an asteroid mining startup called Planetary Resources – Coindesk, 2018
  • Spotify acquired blockchain-powered MediaChain – Tech EU, 2017
  • ShapeShift bought Bitcoin wallet startup KeepKey – Coindesk, 2017

The Biggest Cryptocurrency Purchases

Learn about the largest individual transactions of cryptocurrencies to date.

  • In May of 2010 Laszlo Hanyecz paid 25,000 Bitcoin for two pizzas (you can keep up to date with the value of those pizzas here) – QZ, 2017
  • The Winklevoss twins bought two tickets on Virgin Galactic space flights worth $500,000 – Reuters, 2014
  • In 2015, Bitcoin Forum owner Peter Saddington bought a Lamborghini for $200,000 using Bitcoin – Coin Bureau, 2018
  • A Tesla Model S, worth $103,000, was purchased in Bitcoin in December 2013 – Heavy, 2014
  • Olivier Janssens paid for a private jet from Brussels to Nice with Bitcoin. The transaction is estimated to be worth $30-40,000 – Coindesk, 2014

Transaction Statistics

See data on transactions across some of the major global cryptocurrencies.

  • Bitcoin recorded its highest ever fees on the 30th of December 2017, peaking at $41 per transaction – CoinMetrics, 2018
  • The average transaction fee for Bitcoin in 2017 was $0.30 – CoinMetrics, 2018
  • On November 9th a Litecoin transaction worth $99 million only cost $0.40 – Business Insider, 2018
  • In 2018, Ethereum averaged 23,000 transactions per hour, the most of any cryptocurrency – BitInfoCharts, 2018
  • The most valuable cryptocurrency transfer of all time was performed in 2015, when 500,000 Bitcoin were moved to a different wallet – Blockchain, 2018

Government Blockchain Pilots

Which governments around the world have started running blockchain initiatives?

  • The Republic of Georgia uses the blockchain to modernize its land registry – The Coin Offering, 2018
  • Blockchain voting in Switzerland – The Coin Offering, 2018
  • Energy data tracking in Chile – The Coin Offering, 2018
  • Venezuela launches its own cryptocurrency – The Coin Offering, 2018
  • Register your business on the blockchain in Delaware – The Coin Offering, 2018

Blockchain Banking Statistics

See how the banking industry, often painted as the primary nemesis to the blockchain, has been adopting the technology.

  • 69% of banks are experimenting with permissioned blockchains – Tech In Asia, 2017
  • Blockchain technology could save banks between $8-12 billion annually – Silicon, 2017
  • 50% of banks are working with a fintech startup to augment their blockchain capabilities – Tech in Asia, 2017
  • 19 financial institutions have formed a consortium, working with Synaps to start putting syndicated loans on blockchain systems – Financial Times, 2017
  • Over 75 banks across the globe have implemented and tested Ripple’s technology with their own internal payment systems – Yahoo Finance, 2017

Written by:

Matt is the founder of The Coin Offering, co-host of the Decrypting Crypto podcast and a member of the team at The Litecoin Foundation.

Hayden P.

A blockchain and cryptocurrency enthusiast

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