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Total number of Bitcoin addresses ever created hits 1 billion milestone

The Bitcoin network continues to record increased activity on its blockchain despite the asset undergoing high volatility across 2022. Part of the notable activity has centred around the number of addresses created on the network, highlighting the general market sentiment regarding the flagship cryptocurrency

As of July 12, the number of Bitcoin addresses ever created surpassed the one billion mark for the first time hitting 1,000,002,559, data provided by crypto analytics platform Glassnode indicates

Number of Bitcoin addresses ever created chart. Source: Glassnode

Drivers for increase in new BTC addresses 

It is worth noting that the recent crypto meltdown appeared to dim the interest of investors to get involved with Bitcoin as the general market appeared to avoid risky assets. Notably, Bitcoin is known to be relatively expensive and the price dip has potentially inspired investors to get involved in the network. 

Over the years, buying in the dip has emerged as a common investment strategy, especially for individuals intending to make profits in the long term. The trend is likely triggered by retail investors who might be opting to own Bitcoin in anticipation of a new all-time high and the latest figure might hint at a broader trend.

Overall, the number of Bitcoin addresses should be interpreted as bullish sentiment for the asset that is struggling to sustain gains above the $20,000 mark. By press time, Bitcoin was trading at $19,700 dropping by almost 4% in the last 24 hours. 

Bitcoin 7-day price chart. Source: CoinMarketCap

Although the number of Bitcoin addresses created continues to rise, the metric does not directly translate to people who own the asset. However, the figure is key in providing the general picture of Bitcoin’s adoption. 

In some cases, individuals tend to have multiple Bitcoin addresses to send and receive transactions. Interestingly, the growing number is potentially driven by the need by some investors to handle each Bitcoin transaction on a new address as part of maintaining privacy.

Addresses with Bitcoin remain low

Furthermore, the number of addresses with any Bitcoin remains a fraction of all created addresses. As reported by Finbold, addresses holding Bitcoin surpassed the 40 million mark for the first time in history early this year. 

However, with the addresses hitting one billion, the addresses with any amount of BTC has likely increased.

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