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It's about one-twentieth the number of Written Characters in the Chinese Language.
In other words, 490 is 0.05239 times the count of Written Characters in the Chinese Language, and the count of Written Characters in the Chinese Language is 19.09 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.
It's about one-twentieth the number of Benches in Central Park.
In other words, the count of Benches in Central Park is 20 times 490.
(Manhattan, New York City, New York)
It's about thirty times the number of Living Kings and Queens.
In other words, the count of Living Kings and Queens is 0.03 times 490.
(2015 figures) (distinct Monarchs)
It's about 55 times the number of Symphonies Composed by Beethoven.
In other words, 490 is 54.44444444440 times the count of Symphonies Composed by Beethoven, and the count of Symphonies Composed by Beethoven is 0.0183673469388 times that amount.
(a.k.a. Ludwig van Beethoven)
It's about one-seventieth the number of McDonald's Locations in the World.
In other words, the count of McDonald's Locations in the World is 71 times 490.
(2015 figures) (approximate)
It's about one-seventy-fifth the number of Seats in Fenway Park.
In other words, 490 is 0.013218 times the count of Seats in Fenway Park, and the count of Seats in Fenway Park is 75.6540 times that amount.
(2013 figures; daytime capacity) (a.k.a. The Cathedral of Boston) (Boston, Massachusetts)
It's about 100 times the number of Living U.S. Presidents.
In other words, the count of Living U.S. Presidents is 0.01 times 490.
(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)