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It's about 30,000 times the number of Escalators in the State of Wyoming.
In other words, the count of Escalators in the State of Wyoming is 0.0000300 times 55,000.
(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 10,000 times the number of Living U.S. Presidents.
In other words, the count of Living U.S. Presidents is 0.0001 times 55,000.
(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 6,000 times the number of Symphonies Composed by Beethoven.
In other words, 55,000 is 6,111.111111110 times the count of Symphonies Composed by Beethoven, and the count of Symphonies Composed by Beethoven is 0.000163636363636 times that amount.
(a.k.a. Ludwig van Beethoven)
It's about 3,500 times the number of Living Kings and Queens.
In other words, the count of Living Kings and Queens is 0.00027 times 55,000.
(2015 figures) (distinct Monarchs)
It's about 2,000 times the number of Countries in the European Union.
In other words, the count of Countries in the European Union is 0.0005 times 55,000.
(a.k.a. EU) (2016 figures)
It's about 1,000 times the number of Teeth in a Great White Shark's Mouth.
In other words, 55,000 is 1,100 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 0.00091 times that amount.
(Carcharodon carcharias) (average; including developing rows)
It's about 1,000 times the number of Countries in Africa.
In other words, the count of Countries in Africa is 0.001 times 55,000.
(2016 figures) (sovereign states recognized by the UN only)