How many minutes in a year? Here’s the full explanation

Years seem like they’re very long. But simultaneously, minutes feel like they’re very short. And some of you might wonder how many minutes you can fit into a whole year.

Today. We’ll answer that question. But I also want to look at how you can calculate it, why the answer isn’t always the same, why it matters, and how to pronounce the number.

By the end of the article, you won’t just know how many minutes there are in a year, you’ll also know more about time, and this sort of maths.

How many minutes in a year?

A year has 525,600 minutes. This is equal to 43,800 minutes per month or 1,440 minutes per day. An average person will live for around 40,891,680 minutes. The result differs with leap years.

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How to calculate minutes in a year

If you know your maths, you could calculate that yourself.

1 Hour=60 Minutes

1 Day =24 Hours.

1 year = 365 days.

Therefore, if we multiply 60 by 24, we get the number of hours in a day, which is 1440.

If we multiply 1440 by 365, we get 525600.

And that’s how you can calculate the number of minutes in a year.

Leap years make “How many minutes in a year?” more complicated

Of course, this math is sometimes made a bit more complex by the fact that leap years exist. In a leap year, the month of February has an extra day. Therefore, when we do the maths, instead of multiplying 1440 by 365, we need to multiply it by 366, which gives us 527,040.

Which means a year never has the average number of minutes. If we want to find out the average number of years from 2000 to 2010, we need to do some maths….

2000- 527,040

2001- 525600

2002- 525600

2003- 525600

2004- 527,040

2005- 525600

2006- 525600

2007- 525600

2008- 527,040

2009- 525600

2010- 525600

We add up all ten numbers of years, giving us 5,260,320 – the number of seconds in that decade. We then divide that number by 10, which leaves us with 526,032.

Why knowing how many minutes in a year matters

Knowing how many minutes there are in a year might not seem like it matters, but it can. On the surface, it might seem like 525600 is a huge number, but what you need to remember is every minute, that number goes down by 1.

When you fully understand this, you will realize you have a finite amount of time each year. Each year isn’t that long, so it might not be wise to waste a whole year on Twitter or playing video games.

It doesn’t mean never relax. But just remember, you don’t have all the time in the world.

How to pronounce how many minutes in a year

The way to pronounce 525600 is “five hundred twenty-five thousand, six hundred”.

We can see it has 6 digits. This means: units, tens, hundreds, thousands, tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands.

If you break it into two, it becomes “five hundred and twenty-five” and “six hundred”. Because there are three more digits after the first three, you know that the first three should end in the word “thousand”.

And with the second, “600″ is pronounced as “six hundred”.

Put those two facts together, you get “five hundred twenty-five thousand, six hundred”.

How to remember “five hundred twenty-five thousand, six hundred”.

A way to remember how many days there are in the year is with the song “Seasons of Love”.

This song is from the musical “Rent”, and in the chorus, the cast sings “five hundred twenty-five thousand, six hundred minutes”.

The song was written to respect human life. But looking at a year in terms of minutes, the singers were hoping to highlight how valuable each person’s life is. This song was released during the height of the AIDS epidemic. It wanted to show that even people with aids should still be given respect.

How many seconds in a year?

One unit of time even smaller than a minute is the second. And some of you might wonder how many seconds there are in a year. The answer is 31,536,000. But some people would say “12”.

How can there be 12 seconds in a year?

Well, there’s January 2nd, February 2nd, March 2nd, and so on.

Of course, this answer is a joke, and should not be taken seriously. The joke is the joke teller misinterpreted second (the unit of time) with second (after first).


The short answer to “How many minutes in a year?” is five hundred twenty-five thousand, six hundred, or 525600.

But that’s just on average.