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It's about 900 times the number of Escalators in the State of Wyoming.
In other words, the count of Escalators in the State of Wyoming is 0.001 times 1,700.
(2013 figures)
There are only two escalators in the State of Wyoming (although there are apparently plenty of elevators). It is speculated that the lack of escalators is due to the older age of the buildings and the abundance of cheap land resulting in single-story structures. At the time the last count of escalators was made, the state had a population of just 576,000 people.
It's about 300 times the number of Living U.S. Presidents.
In other words, the count of Living U.S. Presidents is 0.003 times 1,700.
(a.k.a. Presidents of the United States; a.k.a. Presidents of the United States of America; a.k.a. POTUS), (2016 figures) (including current)
It's about 200 times the number of Symohonies Composed by Beethoven.
In other words, 1,700 is 188.888888889 times the count of Symohonies Composed by Beethoven, and the count of Symohonies Composed by Beethoven is 0.00529411764706 times that amount.
(a.k.a. Ludwig van Beethoven)
It's about 100 times the number of Living Kings and Queens.
In other words, 1,700 is 110 times the count of Living Kings and Queens, and the count of Living Kings and Queens is 0.0091 times that amount.
(2015 figures) (distinct Monarchs)
As of 2015, the world has fifteen Kings and Queens reigning over 45 countries. Of all these, Queen Elizabeth the II is the only reigning Queen; she has monarchical authority over the sixteen of the Commonwealth nations.
It's about 60 times the number of Countries in the European Union.
In other words, 1,700 is 61 times the count of Countries in the European Union, and the count of Countries in the European Union is 0.016 times that amount.
(a.k.a. EU) (2016 figures)
It's about forty times the number of Teeth in a Great White Shark's Mouth.
In other words, the count of Teeth in a Great White Shark's Mouth is 0.029 times 1,700.
(Carcharodon carcharias) (average; including developing rows)
A Great White Shark has 48 exposed teeth on their upper and lower jaws. Behind these exposed teeth are developing teeth — up to 300 in about 5 rows. The sharks will continuously lose and replace the exposed teeth throughout their lives.
It's about thirty times the number of Countries in Africa.
In other words, the count of Countries in Africa is 0.032 times 1,700.
(2016 figures) (sovereign states recognized by the UN only)