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It's about two-thirds the number of Bishops in the Catholic Church.
In other words, 3,500 is 0.654 times the count of Bishops in the Catholic Church, and the count of Bishops in the Catholic Church is 1.529 times that amount.
(2015 figures; total Latin and Eastern Church figures; including Pope)
It's about one-and-two-thirds times the number of Daily Newspapers in Circulation Worldwide.
In other words, 3,500 is 1.658 times the count of Daily Newspapers in Circulation Worldwide, and the count of Daily Newspapers in Circulation Worldwide is 0.6031 times that amount.
(2013 figures) (regional and local, plus national figures; paid only)
There are 2,111 paid, daily newspapers with a regional, local, or national distribution in circulation worldwide. Combined, these newspapers have a readership of about 150 million people.
It's about one-and-two-thirds times the number of Steps in the Sears Tower.
In other words, the count of Steps in the Sears Tower is 0.6024 times 3,500.
(a.k.a. Willis Tower) (Chicago, Illinois) (steps per stairwell)
It's about two-and-a-half times the number of Golf Courses in Florida.
In other words, 3,500 is 2.306 times the count of Golf Courses in Florida, and the count of Golf Courses in Florida is 0.4337 times that amount.
(2016 figures) (public and private)
It's about two-fifths the number of Blue Whales in the World.
In other words, 3,500 is 0.41 times the count of Blue Whales in the World, and the count of Blue Whales in the World is 2.4 times that amount.
(Balaenoptera musculus) (2002 estimates)
It's about two-fifths the number of Benches in Central Park.
In other words, the count of Benches in Central Park is 3 times 3,500.
(Manhattan, New York City, New York)
It's about two-fifths the number of Written Characters in the Chinese Language.
In other words, 3,500 is 0.3742 times the count of Written Characters in the Chinese Language, and the count of Written Characters in the Chinese Language is 2.672 times that amount.
(zhōngwén, 中文) (Hànzì, 汉字/漢字; Shuowen Jiezi count; distinct characters)
According to the Han Dynasty dictionary, Shuowen Jiezi (說文解字), there are 9,353 distinct Han characters used to depict the Chinese language. Fluency in written Chinese requires mastery of 4,000 - 5,000 of these characters.