Number of ChatGPT Users and Key Stats (March 2024)

Dave Ver Meer

Dave Ver Meer · Updated: March 2, 2024

App window showing chat history between user and ChatGPT, surrounded by illustrations of charts and 3D shapes

OpenAI’s ChatGPT has forever altered the direction of technology and how we work.

With the recent CEO drama behind it and a new board of directors, this year has the potential to be another year filled with ChatGPT advancements and breakthroughs.

As of August, ChatGPT had over 180 million users, which is up from the 100 million it had in January of 2023.

In this article, we’ll explore all the latest statistics you’d want to know about, including the number of users, details from recent studies, growth, and estimated revenue.

Let’s dive into the stats.

ChatGPT has over 180 million users

Its user count grew from 100 million in January 2023 to 180 million as of August. That's an 80% jump in user count over an eight-month period.

The ChatGPT website received 1.6 billion website visitors in January and December, which is down 11% from its peak of 1.8 billion last year.

Top ChatGPT stats

  • According to the latest data, ChatGPT has over 180 million monthly users.

  • Sam Altman announced in November that ChatGPT has 100 million weekly active users.

  • Between iOS and Android, the ChatGPT app has been downloaded over 110 million times and made nearly $30 million for OpenAI.

  • ChatGPT launched in November 2022 and took just 5 days to add 1 million users.

  • OpenAI's revenue recently crossed $1.3 billion on an annual basis, which means that they're now raking in over $100 million per month.

  • Based a recent employee shares offer, OpenAI has a valuation of $86 billion.

  • A survey of business leaders revealed that 24% of U.S. companies saved $50,001-$75,000 by using ChatGPT. Combined, over half (66%) saved between $5,001-$75,000.

  • Over 92% of Fortune 500 companies are using OpenAI's platform, and over 2 million developers are using its APIs.

  • It costs an estimated $700,000 per day to run and operate ChatGPT, with the cost per query being around $0.36 cents.

  • In a survey about ChatGPT usage, professionals in marketing had the highest adoption rate (77%), while insurance had the lowest (33%).

  • Early in 2023, Microsoft announced a $10 billion investment in OpenAI, on top of $3 billion in prior investments. Separately, VC firms including Sequoia Capital, Andreessen Horowitz, and Tiger Global have collectively invested around $300 million.

Sources: Reuters1, TechCrunch1, SemiAnalysis, Maginative, Reuters2, Ars Technica, Forbes, TechCrunch2, Statista, HR Dive, TechCrunch3

How many users does ChatGPT have?

According to the latest data, ChatGPT has over 180 million users. It took ChatGPT just 5 days to add 1 million to its user base after launching. The ChatGPT website currently gets 1.7 billion visitors a month.

For some perspective, it took Facebook 10 months to reach 1 million users. Netflix took the longest of all, taking around 3.5 years to get to 1 million users.

Bar chart comparing the time it took for different companies to reach 1 million users.

Here are the exact numbers for how long it took different companies to reach the 1 million user mark.

Company Year Launched Time to Reach 1 Million Users
Threads 2023 Less than 2 hours
ChatGPT 2022 5 days
Instagram*** 2010 2.5 months
Spotify 2008 5 months
Dropbox 2008 7 months
Facebook 2004 10 months
Foursquare*** 2009 13 months
Twitter 2006 2 years
Airbnb** 2008 2.5 years
Kickstarter* 2009 2.5 years
Netflix 1999 3.5 years

*1 million backers **1 million nights booked ***1 million downloads

Source: Statista

Overview

Parent Company OpenAI
Headquarters Pioneer Building, San Francisco, California
Founders Sam Altman, Elon Musk, Carlos Virella, Greg Brockman, Ilya Sutskever, John Schulman, and Wojciech Zaremba
CEO Sam Altman (Current). Mira Murati and Emmett Shear were each CEO briefly
Owned By OpenAI owns and develops ChatGPT
Funded By Microsoft is OpenAI’s largest investor. Other notable investors include Khosla Ventures and Infosys
Release Date The initial launch of ChatGPT was on November 30, 2022. GPT-4 was released on March 13, 2023, and GPT-4 Turbo was released on November 6, 2023
Number of Users 180 million
Weekly Active Users 100 million
Website Traffic 1.6 billion
Versions Versions since the initial launch are GPT 3.5 (free), GPT-4, and GPT-4 Turbo (premium)
Training Data Size 570GB (300 billion words)
Model Parameters 175 billion (GPT-3), 1.7 trillion (GPT-4, estimated)
Current Knowledge Limit The knowledge cutoff for GPT 3.5 and GPT-4 is September 2021. GPT-4 Turbo is the most up-to-date, with a knowledge cutoff of April 2023
Technology Used GPT-3.5 (free version), GPT-4 (paid version)
Cost to Run (Daily) $700,000 per day (estimate)
Cost per Query $0.36 cents (estimate)
Cost for Users Basic version is free. $20/mo for ChatGPT Plus
Estimated Revenue $200 million in 2023, $1.3 billion in 2024
Valuation $86 billion (current)

User and usage stats

  • A survey of business owners found that 44% plan to use ChatGPT to translate content to other languages, and one in three plan to use it for writing content.

  • Customer support agents at a Fortune 500 company were 14% more productive when they were able to use ChatGPT, with gains being even more significant for lower-performing agents.

  • 55.22% of visitors to OpenAI’s website are male and 44.78% are female. Those ranging in age from 25-34 years old (33.11%), make up the largest share of visitors.

  • 57% of business owners believe that ChatGPT will increase traffic to their websites, and 47% think it will improve their credibility.

  • A survey of American professionals found that 32% worry about AI making some jobs disappear. Almost half (48%) think they could be left behind in their careers.

  • 80% of Americans who use ChatGPT for therapy advice think that it’s effective.

  • Almost a third of U.S. travelers (32%) say they are likely to use ChatGPT to plan their next trip.

    Donut chart showing that 32% of travelers plan to use ChatGPT for their next trip.
  • 97% of business owners believe that ChatGPT will help their business in some way.

  • A research study shows that the quality of ChatGPT responses can be improved up to 45% by being direct in prompts and offering a tip.

Sources: Forbes1, Gizmodo, CBS News, Similarweb, Longwoods International, Tebra, Forbes2, OpenAI, HR News, Ars Technica, Arxiv, Axios

App stats

The ChatGPT iOS app racked up 697,000 downloads in the first 8 days following its release. Since then, the combined downloads on iOS and Android have reached over 110 million.

The U.S. has the highest share of ChatGPT downloads (18%), which gives it a slight lead over India (17.5%).

Segmented bar chart comparing U.S ChatGPT app downloads to all other countries.

Global downloads of the app leveled out last summer and hit a peak of 20 million per month in November.

Monthly worldwide downloads
Month ChatGPT App Downloads
May 2023 3.89 Million
June 2023 12.16 Million
July 2023 9.72 Million
August 2023 15.8 Million
September 2023 17.46 Million
October 2023 17.94 Million
November 2023 20.46 Million
December 2023 13.96 Million

Further, iOS and Android app downloads are now averaging a combined 4 million each week.

Sources: Benzinga, TechCrunch, Statista

Traffic and monthly visitor stats

The ChatGPT website received 1.6 billion monthly website visitors in January and December, compared to 1.7 billion in November.

  • Visitors to ChatGPT view an average of 3.99 pages per visit.

  • Each visitor spends an average 7 minutes and 28 seconds on the website.

Social media traffic

65.17% of traffic is from YouTube, making it the largest source of ChatGPT’s social network traffic. Put another way, 6 in 10 visits are from YouTube.

Here’s a detailed breakdown of the other top social networks that send traffic.

Rank Social Network Traffic Share
1 YouTube 65.17%
2 Facebook 7.92%
3 Twitter 5.98%
4 WhatsApp 5.7%
5 LinkedIn 5.48%
- Others 9.74%

Top marketing channels

Direct visits (86.71%) make up the vast majority of ChatGPT’s traffic. Organic search is the second largest source of traffic, making up 12.02%.

Rank Channel Traffic Share
1 Direct 86.71%
2 Organic Search 12.02%
3 Referrals 0.43%
4 Social 0.57%
5 Mail 0.27%
6 Display & Paid Search <0.01%

Source: Similarweb

Country stats

At 14.22%, the U.S. makes up the largest share of users visiting the ChatGPT website (chat.openai.com).

Bar chart showing how many visitors are from the U.S.

Second and third place go to India (7.51%) and Philippines (3.37%).

Rank Country Traffic Share
1 U.S. 14.22%
2 India 7.51%
3 Philippines 3.37%
4 Japan 3.28%
5 Canada 2.73%
- Others 68.89%

Source: Similarweb

ChatGPT is currently banned in 6 countries:

  • Russia
  • China
  • North Korea
  • Cuba
  • Iran
  • Syria

Awareness stats

According to the Pew Research Center, 58% of U.S. adults have heard something about ChatGPT. Of those, 18% have heard a lot, 39% have heard some, and 42% have heard nothing.

Here's a detailed look at their findings:

Segmented bar charts comparing level of awareness of ChatGPT among U.S. adults.

Source: Pew Research Center

Education and exam stats

  • According to a survey, 19% of U.S. teens ages 13-17 say they've used it for schoolwork. They also found that teens think it's okay to use it for: researching new topics (69%), solving math problems (39%), and writing essays (20%).

  • Over 40% of university students say they use ChatGPT for their coursework. 39% of prospective students say they wouldn’t consider going to a college that banned ChatGPT and other AI.

  • Half of college students (51%) believe that using AI tools like ChatGPT for coursework and exams is cheating.

  • 26% of teachers caught their student cheating by using ChatGPT and 43% think it will make their jobs harder.

  • 1 in 3 college students (30%) say they’ve used ChatGPT to complete written assignments.

  • GPT-4 took the bar exam and earned a score that puts it in the 90th percentile of test takers.

  • According to a recent study from Brigham Young University, ChatGPT flunked an accounting exam, scoring just 47.4%, while students had an average score of 76.7%.

  • GPT-4 took the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and managed to score in the 88th percentile.

  • When GPT-4 took the SAT, it scored a 1410 on it, putting it in the 94th percentile. For comparison, the average score for the SAT is 1060.

Sources: Forbes, Study.com, Intelligent, Pew Research Center, ABA Journal, Business Insider, BYU

What is a ChatGPT prompt?

A ChatGPT prompt is the input and instruction you provide to tell ChatGPT what you want it to do. It could involve a question, a series of instructions, or providing it with content and background details to help it better understand your intent.

Popular prompt techniques include giving detailed, step-by-step instructions, “few shot” prompts where ChatGPT is shown examples of what it should do, and role-playing, where you give ChatGPT a role, providing it with extra context to understand the question better. You can also use a content prompt generator to help write them.

Who owns ChatGPT?

OpenAI, the AI research and development company, owns and operates ChatGPT. OpenAI has its headquarters in San Francisco, California, and was founded by Sam Altman (CEO), Elon Musk (Co-founder OpenAI), Carlos Virella, Greg Brockman, Ilya Sutskever, John Schulman, and Wojciech Zaremba.

Microsoft doesn’t own it, though its partnership with and $13 billion investment into OpenAI gives it considerable influence. Other investors include Khosla Ventures, Infosys, Thrive Capital, and Andreessen Horowitz.

How much data was ChatGPT trained on?

ChatGPT uses a model that was trained on 570GB of data (300 billion words), mostly on data crawled from the internet, Wikipedia, and books.

GPT-3.5 has 175 billion parameters, which pales in comparison to the 1.7 trillion parameters GPT-4 has.

Parameters are settings that give fine-grained control over the content in AI responses, including the tone, style, and creativity.

Diagram illustrating the process of training ChatGPT.
Source: Open AI Blog

What does GPT stand for in ChatGPT?

GPT stands for Generative Pre-trained Transformer. They belong to a group of large language models (LLMs) that can create convincingly human-like text responses. The user first provides a single prompt or a series of them, and ChatGPT responds based on what it learned through being trained on large, publicly available datasets.

Let’s explore that more by breaking down each part in GPT.

  • Generative is the ability of AI to create different types of content, including text, images, audio, and data. In the case of ChatGPT, it focuses on generating text, for now.

  • Pre-trained means that the AI uses a model that is the result of being trained on a large volume of data. Generally speaking, the more data it's trained on, the better the quality of responses, though it takes longer and costs more.

  • A transformer is a type of neural network that can understand relationships between the data it has access to by breaking it down into smaller pieces that it can analyze. In the case of ChatGPT, this allows you to carry on a conversation with it and have it carry out tasks for you.

How long does ChatGPT stay at capacity?

ChatGPT can reach capacity when there’s a heavy load on its servers, caused by many users prompting it at the same time. If you’re getting the “at capacity” message, give ChatGPT a cool-down period by waiting a few minutes before trying again.

Sometimes, you might have to wait a half hour or more. You also have the option to subscribe to ChatGPT Plus if you want your requests to have priority, even during peak times.

How many questions can you ask ChatGPT in an hour?

On average, you can ask ChatGPT 60 questions in an hour. This is assuming that it takes 30 seconds to ask a question and you get the response back within 30 seconds.

Here are a few different factors that affect how many questions you can ask:

  • Prompt Quality: If your question is unclear or vague, you’ll spend extra time clarifying to ChatGPT what you’re asking it to do.

  • Question Type: A factual, straightforward question is easier for ChatGPT to answer, while an open-ended question that needs a longer response will take longer.

  • Length and Difficulty: If your question requires a series of follow-up questions or requires complex research, ChatGPT might take longer to respond.

Does ChatGPT have a word limit?

GPT-4 Turbo has the highest limit at 96,000 words. GPT-3.5 is limited to 3,000 words and ChatGPT-4 can handle up to 25,000 words.

Since ChatGPT can remember your chat history, you may be able to get around limits by splitting it into a series of questions and responses. For example, if you're asking it to write an article for you, ChatGPT could deliver it to you one section at a time.

Does ChatGPT save data?

When first released, ChatGPT always saved the responses and history of its users as a conversation thread. This makes it capable of carrying on complex conversations, completing a series of tasks, and lets you fine-tune its responses.

Recently though, OpenAI rolled out a new feature that lets you disable your chat history by changing a setting. This gives you control over what conversations OpenAI can use to train its models and more privacy.

What can GTPs do?

GTPs are custom trained versions of ChatGPT that have special abilities, extra knowledge, and unique combinations of skills. No coding is required, and they can be created by having conversations with GTP Builder.

Some examples include a GTP that's an expert at explaining board and card games, one that can create any kind of sticker art, or one that's a creative writing coach.

OpenAI is planning on launching a GTP store where users can share their creations and eventually be able to earn money.

What jobs will ChatGPT replace?

According to a working paper released by OpenAI earlier this year, certain types of jobs are more “exposed” to ChatGPT than others. They analyzed the labor market and predict that jobs like cooks, athletes, and stonemasons have the least exposure, while jobs like tax preparers, translators, and proofreaders have high exposure.

Specifically, they looked at what percentage of a job and its tasks could benefit from and have the potential to be automated partially or completely by ChatGPT.

Keep in mind that when new technology like ChatGPT reshapes industries, it has the capacity to create new jobs, either directly or indirectly.

In fact, prompt engineers are already becoming a sought-after commodity and earn up to six-figure salaries. They specialize in knowing how to communicate with and get the most out of AIs.

Wrapping up

That’s it for my roundup of ChatGPT statistics.

As I look back at 2023, I can't help but think about what ChatGPT will accomplish this year. One potential development that comes to mind is the rumored "Q" model, which may have the ability to solve math problems it has never seen before.

If OpenAI follows the same pace in training new models, we may see a GPT version this year that achieves artificial general intelligence (AGI).

If you want to stay up-to-date on all the latest ChatGPT stats, continue to check back here.