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# How many zeros does the number 1 million have?

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The number "one million" has six zeros after a one and before the decimal point. It is written out like this: "1,000,000." This is true in both the short-scale and long-scale naming systems.

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These two systems are used to name large numbers. While one million is the same in either scale, the short scale and the long scale diverge with numbers greater than a million. For example, 1 billion has nine zeros in the short scale and 12 zeros in the long scale. Therefore, a billion in the long scale represents a larger number than a billion in the short scale. The short scale is found in American, Canadian and modern British usage. The long scale is found in continental European and older British usage.

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One billion, represented as 1,000,000,000, consists of one 1 and nine 0’s. It is regarded as 1 x 10 to the ninth power in scientific notation, where 9 indicates the number of zeros. It is equivalent to a thousand million: 1,000 x 1,000,000.

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There are six zeros following the one in one million. One million is written as 1,000,000 or in exponential form as 1 x 10^6, which means that it is equal to 10 x 10 x 10 x 10 x 10 x 10.

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There are two different scales to describe the number of zeros in a billion; the long scale has 12 zeros and the short scale has nine zeros. The long scale is common in Europe and South America, while the short scale is typically used in America, Arabic-speaking countries, and Russia.