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It's about 40 times the number of Union Stations in the United States.
In other words, 5,500 is 40.7 times the count of Union Stations in the United States, and the count of Union Stations in the United States is 0.0246 times that amount.
(a.k.a. Union Terminal; a.k.a. Joint Station; a.k.a. Union Depot) (2016 figures)
It's about 45 times the number of Elements on the Periodic Table.
In other words, 5,500 is 46.6 times the count of Elements on the Periodic Table, and the count of Elements on the Periodic Table is 0.0215 times that amount.
(a.k.a. Periodic Table of the Elements, a.k.a chemical elements) (confirmed elements as of 2016)
It's about 55 times the number of Wolves in Yellowstone National Park.
In other words, 5,500 is 52.9 times the count of Wolves in Yellowstone National Park, and the count of Wolves in Yellowstone National Park is 0.0189 times that amount.
(a.k.a. Henihco'oo; a.k.a. Héetíhco'oo) (December 2014 figures; Wyoming Park area)
As of the 2014 population count, there were 104 wolves living in Yellowstone National Park, in twelve packs. All of the wolves now living in the Park are thought to have descended from the 66 wolves (re)introduced into the Park in 1995-96.
It's about 65 times the number of Keys on a Piano.
In other words, the count of Keys on a Piano is 0.016 times 5,500.
(Moden layout; A0 to C7)
Most modern keyboards have 88 keys, comprising seven octaves and an additional major third. A full-size, acoustic piano may have as many as 12,000 separate parts.
It's about 75 times the number of Submarines in the US Navy.
In other words, the count of Submarines in the US Navy is 0.013 times 5,500.
(a.k.a. Subs) (includes all types, all classes) (2015 figures)
The United States Navy maintains a fleet of 72 active submarines. A typical submarine goes to sea with a crew of about 140.
It's about 100 times the number of Countries in Africa.
In other words, the count of Countries in Africa is 0.01 times 5,500.
(2016 figures) (sovereign states recognized by the UN only)
It's about one-one-hundredth the number of Words in War and Peace.
In other words, 5,500 is 0.0093651 times the count of Words in War and Peace, and the count of Words in War and Peace is 106.779 times that amount.
(1869) (1968 Ann Dunnigan translation, New American Library)