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It's about 40,000 times the number of Escalators in the State of Wyoming.
In other words, the count of Escalators in the State of Wyoming is 0.00003 times 78,000.
(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 20,000 times the number of Living U.S. Presidents.
In other words, the count of Living U.S. Presidents is 0.00005 times 78,000.
(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 8,500 times the number of Symohonies Composed by Beethoven.
In other words, 78,000 is 8,666.66666667 times the count of Symohonies Composed by Beethoven, and the count of Symohonies Composed by Beethoven is 0.000115384615385 times that amount.
(a.k.a. Ludwig van Beethoven)
It's about 5,000 times the number of Living Kings and Queens.
In other words, the count of Living Kings and Queens is 0.00019 times 78,000.
(2015 figures) (distinct Monarchs)
It's about 3,000 times the number of Countries in the European Union.
In other words, 78,000 is 2,800 times the count of Countries in the European Union, and the count of Countries in the European Union is 0.00036 times that amount.
(a.k.a. EU) (2016 figures)
It's about 1,500 times the number of Teeth in a Great White Shark's Mouth.
In other words, the count of Teeth in a Great White Shark's Mouth is 0.00063 times 78,000.
(Carcharodon carcharias) (average; including developing rows)
It's about 1,500 times the number of Countries in Africa.
In other words, the count of Countries in Africa is 0.00071 times 78,000.
(2016 figures) (sovereign states recognized by the UN only)