What Email Looked Like in 2009 in Numbers

The folks at Pingdom.com posted some interesting stats a couple weeks ago on what the Internet looked liked in 2009 in terms of numbers.  Who would have guessed that in 2009 over 90 trillion (yes, trillion) emails were sent across the Internet?  Compare that to The United States Postal Service (aka snail mail) that delivered just over 200 billion total packages in 2008.

There are a lot of other interesting numbers from Pingdom on the Internet in 2009 over on their blog.  For your enjoyment we decided to pull out some of the interesting stats below on Email numbers in 2009.

Thanks to Pingdom.com for the stats below.


  • 90 trillion – The number of emails sent on the Internet in 2009.
  • 247 billion – Average number of email messages per day.
  • 1.4 billion – The number of email users worldwide.
  • 100 million – New email users since the year before.
  • 81% – The percentage of emails that were spam.
  • 92% – Peak spam levels late in the year.
  • 24% – Increase in spam since last year.
  • 200 billion – The number of spam emails per day (assuming 81% are spam)
  • so you mean there are 47 billion email messages per day that are not spam? That’s still a lot. Assuming 1 billion people with email, that’s 47 messages per day per person.
    Well, maybe, yes.