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It's about 9,000 times the number of Escalators in the State of Wyoming.
In other words, the count of Escalators in the State of Wyoming is 0.0001 times 18,000.
(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 4,000 times the number of Living U.S. Presidents.
In other words, the count of Living U.S. Presidents is 0.0003 times 18,000.
(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)
As of this writing, there are five living United States Presidents — President Carter, President Clinton, President Obama, and the two Presidents Bush. At no point in U.S. history have their been more than six (6) living presidents, this circumstance having occurred three times.
It's about 2,000 times the number of Symohonies Composed by Beethoven.
In other words, the count of Symohonies Composed by Beethoven is 0.0005 times 18,000.
(a.k.a. Ludwig van Beethoven)
It's about 1,000 times the number of Living Kings and Queens.
In other words, 18,000 is 1,200 times the count of Living Kings and Queens, and the count of Living Kings and Queens is 0.00083 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 650 times the number of Countries in the European Union.
In other words, the count of Countries in the European Union is 0.0016 times 18,000.
(a.k.a. EU) (2016 figures)
It's about 400 times the number of Teeth in a Great White Shark's Mouth.
In other words, 18,000 is 380 times the count of Teeth in a Great White Shark's Mouth, and the count of Teeth in a Great White Shark's Mouth is 0.0026 times that amount.
(Carcharodon carcharias) (average; including developing rows)
It's about 350 times the number of Countries in Africa.
In other words, the count of Countries in Africa is 0.003 times 18,000.
(2016 figures) (sovereign states recognized by the UN only)
The continent of Africa includes 54 sovereign countries recognized by the United Nations as of 2016. It is the second-most populous continent in the world, with 1.1 billion inhabitants.