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It's about two-thirds the number of Bishops in the Catholic Church.
In other words, 3,500 is 0.6540 times the count of Bishops in the Catholic Church, and the count of Bishops in the Catholic Church is 1.5290 times that amount.
(2015 figures; total Latin and Eastern Church figures; including Pope)
As of 2015, there are 5,352 bishops in the Catholic Church. These bishops supervise a total of 3,127 dioceses, archdioceses, and other administrative regions.
It's about one-and-two-thirds times the number of Daily Newspapers in Circulation Worldwide.
In other words, 3,500 is 1.6580 times the count of Daily Newspapers in Circulation Worldwide, and the count of Daily Newspapers in Circulation Worldwide is 0.60310 times that amount.
(2013 figures) (regional and local, plus national figures; paid only)
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 0.60240 times 3,500.
(a.k.a. Willis Tower) (Chicago, Illinois) (steps per stairwell)
The Sears Tower extends 108 stories into the sky above the city of Chicago and includes 2,109 steps in each of its stairwells. Each year, more than 1.3 million visitors make the trip to an observation area called the Skydeck on the 103rd floor.
It's about two-and-a-half times the number of Golf Courses in Florida.
In other words, 3,500 is 2.3060 times the count of Golf Courses in Florida, and the count of Golf Courses in Florida is 0.43370 times that amount.
(2016 figures) (public and private)
The US state of Florida includes 1,518 golf courses in its 170,000 sq. km area. The state is also the home of the headquarters of the Professional Golfers' Association (PGA) of America, which boasts a membership of 28,000 professional golfers.
It's about two-fifths the number of Blue Whales in the World.
In other words, 3,500 is 0.410 times the count of Blue Whales in the World, and the count of Blue Whales in the World is 2.40 times that amount.
(Balaenoptera musculus) (2002 estimates)
The worldwide population of blue whales (as of 2002) is estimated to be between 5,000 and 12,000. An estimated 378,200 blue whales were killed during the height of whaling in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centures
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 0.37420 times the count of Written Characters in the Chinese Language, and the count of Written Characters in the Chinese Language is 2.6720 times that amount.
(zhōngwén, 中文) (Hànzì, 汉字/漢字; Shuowen Jiezi count; distinct characters)