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How much is 970?

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It's about half the number of Steps in the Sears Tower.
In other words, 970 is 0.45990 times the count of Steps in the Sears Tower, and the count of Steps in the Sears Tower is 2.1740 times that amount.
(a.k.a. Willis Tower) (Chicago, Illinois) (steps per stairwell)
It's about half the number of Daily Newspapers in Circulation Worldwide.
In other words, 970 is 0.45950 times the count of Daily Newspapers in Circulation Worldwide, and the count of Daily Newspapers in Circulation Worldwide is 2.1760 times that amount.
(2013 figures) (regional and local, plus national figures; paid only)
It's about one-fifth the number of Bishops in the Catholic Church.
In other words, 970 is 0.18120 times the count of Bishops in the Catholic Church, and the count of Bishops in the Catholic Church is 5.5190 times that amount.
(2015 figures; total Latin and Eastern Church figures; including Pope)
It's about one-tenth the number of Blue Whales in the World.
In other words, 970 is 0.110 times the count of Blue Whales in the World, and the count of Blue Whales in the World is 9.10 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 one-tenth the number of Written Characters in the Chinese Language.
In other words, 970 is 0.10370 times the count of Written Characters in the Chinese Language, and the count of Written Characters in the Chinese Language is 9.6430 times that amount.
(zhōngwén, 中文) (Hànzì, 汉字/漢字; Shuowen Jiezi count; distinct characters)
It's about one-tenth the number of Benches in Central Park.
In other words, the count of Benches in Central Park is 10 times 970.
(Manhattan, New York City, New York)
It's about one-thirty-fifth the number of McDonald's Locations in the World.
In other words, the count of McDonald's Locations in the World is 37 times 970.
(2015 figures) (approximate)
Operating in 119 countries, there are currently 36,000 McDonald's locations worldwide. From 1955 thru 1993, many McDonald's locations advertised the number in billions of hamburgers sold on their external signs, but abandoned theses updates after the figure passed 100 billion.