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Number of ChatGPT Users (Feb 2024)

by Fabio Duarte
February 2, 2024

OpenAI’s ChatGPT has taken off in record-breaking fashion. 

The artificial intelligence chatbot has picked up millions of users in a very short space of time.

In this up-to-date article, we’ll explore just how many users ChatGPT currently has, along with other relevant data about the fast-growing AI platform.

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Top 5 ChatGPT User Statistics

  • ChatGPT currently has over 180 million users
  • In just 5 days, ChatGPT surpassed 1 million users
  • openai.com gets approximately 1.5 billion visits per month
  • Around 70% of ChatGPT's social media traffic comes via YouTube
  • Nearly 15% of ChatGPT's users are American

How Many ChatGPT Users Are There?

According to the latest available data, ChatGPT currently has around 180.5 million users.

The website generated 1.6 billion visits in December 2023. 

And according to OpenAI chief Sam Altman, 100 million weekly users flock to ChatGPT.

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Sources: ReutersSimilarweb

ChatGPT User Growth

According to OpenAI, ChatGPT acquired 1 million users just 5 days after launching in November 2022.

By comparison, it took Instagram approximately 2.5 months to reach 1 million downloads. Whereas Netflix had to wait around 3.5 years to reach 1 million users.

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Here’s a breakdown of the approximate time taken to reach 1 million users for various online services:

Online Service

Launch Year

Time Taken to Reach 1 Million Users

Threads

2023

1 hour

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

Incredibly, it’s estimated that ChatGPT hit 100 million monthly active users in January 2023. This made it the fastest-growing application in history until Threads took that crown in July 2023.

To put that into perspective, TikTok took 9 months to reach 100 million users. And Instagram took 2.5 years.

Approximately 13 million unique visitors used ChatGPT each day in January - over 2x more than in December.

Here's how ChatGPT monthly visits progressed over time:

Month Number of Visits Change Over Previous Month Change Over Previous Month (%)
November 2022 152.7 million - -
December 2022 266 million ↑ 113.3 million ↑ 74.2%
January 2023 616 million ↑ 350 million ↑ 131.58%
February 2023 1 billion ↑ 384 million ↑ 62.34%
March 2023 1.6 billion ↑ 600 million ↑ 60%
April 2023 1.8 billion ↑ 200 million ↑ 12.5%
May 2023 1.8 billion - -
June 2023 1.6 billion ↓ 200 million ↓ 12.5%
July 2023 1.5 billion ↓ 100 million ↓ 6.25%
August 2023 1.4 billion ↓ 100 million ↓ 6.67%
September 2023 1.5 billion ↑ 100 million ↑ 7.14%
October 2023 1.7 billion ↑ 200 million ↑ 13.33%
November 2023 1.7 billion - -
December 2023 1.6 billion ↓ 100 million ↓ 5.88%

Source: Statista, Reuters, Similarweb

ChatGPT User Stats

According to Similarweb, chat.openai.com has been visited approximately 1.6 billion times over the last 30 days. That’s an increase of 170% from February 2023's 1 billion. And around 6x more than December 2022’s 266 million visits.

ChatGPT has a bounce rate of 36.36%.

Each ChatGPT visitor views an average of 5.65 pages per visit. And each user spends an average of 7 minutes and 46 seconds on the website.

Here’s how ChatGPT compares to other popular websites in terms of monthly visitors:

Website

Total Visits

Bounce Rate

Pages per Visit

Average Visit Duration

ChatGPT

1.6 billion

31.95%

4.32

7 mins 33 secs

Google

84.2 billion

21.83%

11.51

20 mins 25 secs

YouTube

33.6 billion

22.05%

11.08

19 mins 35 secs

Facebook

16.6 billion

30.96%

9.38

10 mins 45 secs

Instagram

6.9 billion

35.14%

11.6

8 mins 24 secs

X

6.2 billion

31.63%

10.77

11 mins 11 secs

Baidu

4.8 billion

22.64%

7.85

4 mins 39 secs

Wikipedia

4.4 billion

59.44%

3.1

3 mins 56 secs

Yahoo

3.5 billion

33.3%

5.57

8 mins 53 secs

Yandex

3.2 billion

24.97%

8.89

9 mins 06 secs

WhatsApp

3 billion

40.05%

1.73

20 mins 03 secs

Amazon

2.6 billion

33.86%

10.42

7 mins 24 sec

Figures above are accurate as of Feb 2, 2024.

Source: Similarweb, Wikipedia

ChatGPT Traffic

Top Marketing Channels

Around 8 in 10 (79.68%) ChatGPT visits are direct. 

Organic searches are the second-most popular way to access ChatGPT (15.84% of traffic).

Here’s a breakdown of the most popular ChatGPT marketing channels:

Rank

Marketing Channel

Proportion of Traffic

1

Direct

79.68%

2

Organic Search

15.84%

3

Referrals

2.55%

4

Social

1.85%

5

Email

0.08%

=6

Display Ads

<0.01%

=6

Paid Search

<0.01%

Social Media Traffic

In terms of social media traffic, YouTube is responsible for almost 3 in 5 visits (59.97%).

Here’s how other social media networks stack up:

Rank

Social Network

Proportion of Traffic

1

YouTube

59.97%

2

X (Twitter)

11.91%

3

Facebook

7.52%

4

LinkedIn

5.51%

5

WhatsApp

5.35%

-

Others (combined)

9.73%

Top Keyword Traffic

As of November 2023, approximately 16,200 keywords are used to access ChatGPT. That's up from around 7,000 in July 2023.

The most commonly searched keyword is "chatgpt" with 20.19% of the searches per month.

This is followed by "chat gpt" with 7.9% of monthly searches.

The misspelled "chat gtp" receives 1.8% of searches per month.

Here's a breakdown of the most commonly used keywords:

Rank

Keyword

Monthly Traffic

1

chatgpt 20.19%

2

chat gpt 7.9%

3

gpt 7.33%

4

openai 2.2%

5

chat gtp 1.8%

Source: Similarweb

ChatGPT by Region

No one country has more ChatGPT users than the US (11.22%).

Second-placed India (8.12%) has less than half as many ChatGPT users.

Together, the top five countries make up around one-third (33.72%) of all ChatGPT users 

Here’s the breakdown of ChatGPT users by region:

Rank

Country

Proportion of ChatGPT Users

1

US

11.22%

2

India

8.12%

3

Indonesia 5.51%

4

Japan 5.42%

5

Philippines 3.45%

-

Others (combined)

66.28%

Source: Similarweb

ChatGPT by Age

According to YouGov, 17% of 30 to 44-year-olds have used ChatGPT since January 2023. 

Similarly, 15% of 18 to 29-year-olds have used ChatGPT to generate text.

Around 1 in 10 (9%) of 45 to 64-year-olds and 5% of 65+ year-olds use ChatGPT.

However, far more people are aware of ChartGPT:

Level of ChatGPT Awareness

Age

18 to 29

30 to 44

45 to 64

65+

I’ve used it myself to generate text

15%

17%

9%

5%

I’ve seen text generated for someone else, but haven’t used it myself

48%

46%

27%

30%

I’ve never used or never seen anyone else use it

20%

31%

55%

59%

Not sure

17%

6%

8%

6%

Source: YouGov

Conclusion

ChatGPT’s overnight success has blown previous user growth figures out of the water.

And based on current data, the AI chatbot’s success looks set to continue.

For more related statistics, take a look at Top ChatGPT AlternativesTop AI Trends, and Amazing Artificial Intelligence Statistics.