Revealed: ChatGPT Unmissable Stats and Surprising Facts (September 2023)

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ChatGPT is a powerful natural language processing (NLP) tool.

It can generate human-like responses in a conversational form.

Since its launch on 30th November 2022, it has:

  1. Gained over 173 million users
  2. Added more than 867 plugins
  3. Received a valuation of $29 billion

In this article, we’ll review all the statistics behind ChatGPT’s explosive growth.


FoundersSam Altman, Greg Brockman, Elon Musk, Ilya Sutskever, Wojciech Zaremba, and John Schulman.
Current CEOSam Altman
Parent CompanyOpenAI
Team Size375
Number of Users173 million users (As of April 2023)
Launch DateNovember 30, 2022
CompetitorsGoogle Bard, Claude by Anthropic, xAI, ALexTM
HeadquartersSan Francisco
Funded ByMicrosoft, Tiger Global, Sequoia Capital, Andreessen Horowitz, Thrive, Founders Fund, and K2 Global.
Total funding$11.3 billion over 7 rounds
Revenue$80 million per month
Technology UsedPython, Microsoft Azure
ChatGPT Cut-Off DateSeptember 2021
Monthly Website Visits1.63 billion (As of June 2023)
Dataset Size300 billion words (570GB)
Source: Similar Web, Statistica

ChatGPT History & Early Release Date

A demo of ChatGPT was first released on November 30, 2022, by OpenAI.

Within just 5 days, the chatbot had attracted over one million users.

This makes it the 2nd fastest growing software to reach 1 million users.

ChatGPT Timeline

16 June 2016OpenAI published a research paper on generative models trained with a large dataset
19 September 2019OpenAI published a research paper on fine-tuning using human preferences and feedback on the GPT-2 language model
27 January 2022OpenAI published a research paper on InstructGPT models – ChatGPT’s sibling
30 November 2022ChatGPT was launched publicly with the release of GPT-3.5
1 February 2023OpenAI launches ChatGPT Plus subscription at $20 per month
7 February 2023Microsoft launches Bing with a built-in ChatGPT
1 March 2023OpenAI launched API for ChatGPT
9 March 2023Microsoft makes ChatGPT available in the Azure OpenAI service
14 March 2023OpenAI launches GPT-4 and is available for paid subscribers
23 March 2023Paid subscribers can connect ChatGPT to the internet
29 March 2023Open letter with more than 1,100 signatures requesting for AI labs to immediately halt for 6 months. Elon Musk, Steve Wozniak, and Tristan Harris were among the many people who signed.
1 April 2023Italy’s data protection authority blocked ChatGPT
22 April 2023Toran Bruce created Auto-GPT
23 April 2023OpenAI released ChatGPT plugins, GPT3.5 with internet browsing, GPT-4 with internet browsing
24 April 2023OpenAI wants to trademark “GPT” which stands for “Generative Pre-trained Transformer”
25 April 2023OpenAI introduces ChatGPT Business
28 April 2023OpenAI closes $300M in share sales by Sequoia Capital, Andreessen Horowitz, Thrive, Founders Fund and K2 Global
3 May 2023Hackers used ChatGPT to spread malware on Facebook
18 May 2023OpenAI launches an iOS app for ChatGPT
19 May 2023ChatGPT launches plugins for Plus subscribers
23 May 2023OpenAI launched Browsing and Code Interpreter
25 May 2023ChatGPT app is now available in 12 countries: Albania, Croatia, France, Germany, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, South Korea, the U.K. and the U.S.
26 May 2023ChatGPT is extended to more than 30 countries:
Algeria, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Estonia, Ghana, India, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Lithuania, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Namibia, Nauru, Oman, Pakistan, Peru, Poland, Qatar, Slovenia, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates.
30 May 2023Texas judge orders all AI-generated content must be checked by a human being
31 May 2023ChatGPT Plus users can now access ChatGPT plugins
8 June 2023ChatGPT users can now use ChatGPT on iPad, Siri and Shortcuts
15 June 2023Mercedes plans to add ChatGPT to their infotainment system
28 June 2023ChatGPT app can now browse the web via Bing
3 July 2023Web browsing is disabled
6 July 2023ChatGPT releases Code Interpetor paying subscribers. OpenAI has also announced GPT-4 to be available for developers.
July 19, 2023ChatGPT Plus customers can now enjoy double the number of messages for GPT-4 and shorter message limits.
July 19, 2023Stanford researchers found that GPT-4 performance has deteriorated significantly
July 20, 2023Custom instructions are rolled out in Beta.
July 25, 2023ChatGPT users can use ChatGPT on Android
August 9, 2023Custom instructions are rolled out for all users.
August 21, 2023EU & UK get access to custom instructions.
August 28, 2023OpenAI introduces a new pricing model ChatGPT Enterprise focused on privacy for business.
Timeline of ChatGPT releases & features. Source: Open AI

ChatGPT Statistics

ChatGPT User Growth Statistics

After only two months of launching, ChatGPT has become the second-fastest software to reach 100 million active users.

ChatGPT crossed over 1 million active users in just 5 days since its launch on 30 November 2022.

In just under 60 days, ChatGPT was able to grow its user base by 9,900%.

The only other platform to reach a faster user growth rate is Threads by Meta.

Days Taken to Reach 1 Million Users
PlatformLaunch YearTime Taken to Reach 1 Million UsersTime taken to reach 100 million users
Threads20231 hour5 days
ChatGPT20225 days2 months
Instagram20102.5 months2.2 years
Spotify20085 months5.4 years
Dropbox20087 months3.1 years
Facebook200410 months3.2 years
Foursquare200913 months4.8 years
Twitter20062 years3.9 years
Airbnb20082.5 years4.6 years
Kickstarter20092.5 years6.2 years
Netflix19993.5 years9.3 years
Snapchat20111 year4.9 years
Google199618 months4.6 years
Youtube20058 months2.4 years
Tiktok2016200 days4 months
Source: Exploding Topics

ChatGPT web traffic statistics

Since its launch in November 2022, ChatGPT has seen a 967.42% increase in web traffic.

However, since May 2023, the website had a decline in 533 million total monthly visits.

ChatGPT web traffic statistics graph
MonthTotal Monthly Visits
November 2022152.7 million
December 2022266 million
January 2023616 million
February 20231 billion
March 20231.6 billion
April 20231.756 billion
May 20231.805 billion
June 20231.63 billion
July 20231.473 billion
August 20231.426 billion
Source: Similar Web

This high traffic is even more impressive when we study their average user duration & bounce rate:

MonthTotal Monthly VisitsBounce RatePages Per VisitAverage Visit Duration
April 20231.756 billion17.33%6.2200:08:32
May 20231.805 billion37.37%4.4900:07:48
June 20231.63 billion38.67%4.2600:07:27
July 20231.473 billion39.39%4.0000:07:12
August 20231.272 billion42.50%3.8900:06:57
Source: Similar Web

In the past 3 months, we can see an average bounce rate of 40.09%.

There is also a 21.34% increase in bounce rate since April 2023.

Visitors are also spending less time on the site.

ChatGPT marketing

Currently, ChatGPT is not running any paid advertising such as Google Ads and YouTube ads.

Instead, most of its growth is from organic traffic.

More than 7/10 users access ChatGPT by directly typing the URL in the browser.

Here’s the complete breakdown of their traffic in August 2023:

ChatGPT marketing statistics graph
ChannelPercentage of trafficTotal traffic
Direct78.67%1.12 billion visitors
Organic search15.83%225.6 million visitors
Social2.09%29.8 million visitors
Email0.20%2.85 million visitors
Paid search0.00%0 visitors
Display ads0.00%0 visitors
Source: Similar Web

ChatGPT social media traffic

6/10 social media traffic comes from YouTube.

ChatGPT Social Media Traffic

Here’s a complete breakdown of ChatGPT’s social media traffic for August 2023:

RankPlatformPercentage of trafficTotal traffic
1Youtube60.57%18.1 million
2Others12.11%3.61 million
3Whatsapp Webapp10.70%3.19 million
4Facebook9.27%2.76 million
5Twitter3.89%1.16 million
6Linkedin3.46%1.03 million
Source: Similar Web

ChatGPT Keywords

In the United States alone, ChatGPT has an estimated 3,800 keywords.

These keywords are estimated to bring 546,900 monthly visitors with an estimated traffic cost of $435,700.

Here are the top 20 keywords by traffic volume for ChatGPT in the United States:

RankKeywordsTraffic volumeGoogle Position
2chat gpt login201,0001
3chatgpt login110,0001
4chat ai74,0001
6ai chat60,5001
7chat openai60,5001
9chatgpt stock18,10060
10google chat online18,10022
11chat online18,1008
16chat open ai9,9001
17open ai chat9,9001
18chatgpt open ai9,9001
19openchat ai6,6001
20open chat ai6,6001
Source: Semrush

ChatGPT by Country

Currently, 161 countries have access to ChatGPT.

Here’s the list of countries that have banned ChatGPT:

  • China
  • Russia
  • Ukraine
  • Belarus
  • Venezuela
  • Afghanistan
  • Iran

Currently, India has the highest traffic share of any other country.

Here’s a breakdown of the top countries using ChatGPT:

RankCountryTraffic ShareVisit DurationPages / Visit
2United States8.78%00:05:093.37
Source: Similarweb

How many paying users does ChatGPT have?

Currently, OpenAI has not disclosed this information.

What is ChatGPT’s revenue, funding & investments?

OpenAI has currently received funding from:

InvestorInvestmentValuationAnnounced Date
Microsoft Corp$1 billion11 March 2019
Microsoft Corp$10 billion$20 billion23 January 2023
Tiger Global, Sequoia Capital, Andreessen Horowitz, Thrive, Founders Fund and K2 Global$300 million$27-$29 billionApr 28, 2023
Source: Reuters, TechCrunch, Forbes, OpenAI, CrunchBase

In their investor presentation, OpenAI has mentioned that:

  • In 2023, they will rake in $200 million in revenue
  • In 2024, they will bring in $1 billion in annual revenue

Reports have stated that:

  • In 2022, OpenAI’s annual revenue was $28 million
  • In 2023, OpenAI’s monthly revenue is around $80 million ($960 million per year)

This means that OpenAI had a 35x revenue growth since 2022.

Source: The Information

How much does it cost to run ChatGPT?

OpenAI has not disclosed any information about the running cost for ChatGPT.

According to the CEO, the cost of a single chat is under 10 cents. Source: Sam Altman

However, according to an Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning Professor at Maryland University, Tom Goldstein, we can estimate:

  • Daily cost: Approximately $100 thousand
  • Monthly cost: $3 million
  • ChatGPT has 175 Billion parameters
  • ChatGPT receives 10 million queries per day (assuming 1 million users make an average of 10 queries/user)

Note: His estimates are based on the Azure Cloud costs

How much does ChatGPT cost?

ChatGPT Plus costs $20 per month. With this, you will get access to:

  • GPT-4 (has a cap of 25 messages every 3 hours)
  • Code Interpreter
  • Plugins
  • Search the web with Bing (Currently disabled – July 2023)
  • Sharing chat with other users

Since August 28, 2023, ChatGPT has also introduced a new plan: ChatGPT Enterprise.

This pricing model offers personalised pricing based on the business’s needs and scalability. 

ChatGPT features

Here are some of ChatGPT’s biggest features:

  • Code Interpreter – You can run Python code in a live working environment. Additionally, users can upload documents (pdf, python files, CSV files) for ChatGPT to use.
  • Plugins – Access more than 422 verified plugins. These plugins are made by 3rd party software using OpenAI’s API.
  • History – You can export your chat history & training and clear all conversations. You also have chat history tabs for you to quickly navigate between different chats.
  • Search the web with Bing – You can let ChatGPT access the internet using Bing.
  • Shared links – You can share entire chat conversations for others to view
  • Custom instructions – You can provide specific guidelines for the GPT models to follow

How many ChatGPT plugins are there?

Currently, there are more than 867 verified plugins in the marketplace.

List of Exams ChatGPT Has Passed

ChatGPT has sat through more than exams. Here are the results:

Uniform Bar ExamGPT-3.510th percentile
Uniform Bar ExamGPT-490th percentile (298 out of 400)
SATGPT-3.5Reading & Writing: 670/800
(87th percentile)

Math: 590/800
(70th percentile)

Total score: 1260/1600
SATGPT-4Reading & Writing: 710/800
(93rd percentile)

Math: 700/800
(89th percentile)

Total score: 1410/1600
GREGPT-3.5Verbal section: 99th percentile
Quantitative section: 80th percentile
Writing test: 54th percentile
GREGPT-4Verbal section: 63rd percentile
Quantitative section: 25th percentile
Writing test: 54th percentile
USA Biology Olympiad Semifinal ExamGPT-3.5
USA Biology Olympiad Semifinal ExamGPT-499th-100th percentile in the 2020 Semifinal exam
AP ExamsGPT-3.5Art History: 5
Biology: 4
Environmental Science: 5
Macroeconomics: 2
Microeconomics: 4
Psychology: 5
Statistics: 3
US Government: 4
US History: 5
Physics 2: 3
Calculus BC: 1
Chemistry: 2
World History: 4
English Language & Composition: 2
AP ExamsGPT-4Art History: 5
Biology: 5
Environmental Science: 5
Macroeconomics: 5
Microeconomics: 5
Psychology: 5
Statistics: 5
US Government: 5
US History: 5
Physics 2: 4
Calculus BC: 4
Chemistry: 4
World History: 4
English Language & Composition: 2
AMC ExamsGPT-3.5AMC 10: 36/150
AMC 12: 30/150
AMC ExamsGPT-4AMC 10: 30/150
AMC 12: 60/150
Sommelier examinationsGPT-3.5Introductory Sommelier: 80%
Certified Sommelier: 58%
Advanced Sommelier: 46%
Sommelier examinationsGPT-4Introductory Sommelier: 92%
Certified Sommelier: 86%
Advanced Sommelier: 77%
LeetcodeGPT-3.5Easy: 12/40
Medium: 8/80
Hard: 0/45
LeetcodeGPT-4Easy: 31/40
Medium: 21/80
Hard: 3/45
University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School MBA ExamGPT-3Passes the exam with scores of B & B-
US Medical Exam LicensingGPT-4More than 90% accuracy rate
Sources: University of Pennsylvania, OpenAI, Insider

ChatGPT versions & How Much Data is ChatGPT Trained On?

ModelRelease dateParameters
GPT-1June 2018Trained on 117 million parameters.
GPT-2February 2019Trained with 1.5 billion parameters.
GPT-3June 2020Trained with 175 billion parameters.
GPT-3.515 March 2022The model was trained on data up to June 2021.
GPT-414 March 2023Estimated to be trained with approximately 100 trillion parameters. (No official announcement by OpenAI)

What is the difference between GPT-3 and GPT-4?

There are 4 key differences:

Parameters: These are the internal variables of the model that are learned and adjusted during the training process such as the weights of neural networks.GPT-3 was trained with 175 billion parameters.

GPT-4 was trained with approximately 100 trillion.
Dataset size: This refers to the volume of data that the model was trained on or the training dataset.GPT-4 was trained on 45 gigabytes of data.

GPT-3 was trained on just 17 gigabytes.

This is one of the factors why the output quality in GPT-4 is better than GPT-3.
Features / PerformancesGPT-3 is unimodal which means it can only accept text inputs but can’t handle images or other data types.

GPT-4 is multimodal which means it can accept and produce text and images.

GPT-4 is also more reliable and factual than GPT-3 which is prone to hallucinations and errors.

GPT-4 can produce better outputs for tasks such as text completion, translation, summarisation, and coding.
CostGPT-4 is more expensive than GPT-3.

ChatGPT competitors

Here’s a list of ChatGPT competitors & alternatives:

SoftwareParent Company
YouchatRichard Socher, Bryan McCann
ALexTM 20BAmazon
Ernie BotBaidu
Claude 2.0Anthropic
Stanford AlpacaOpen Source
AutoGPTOpen Source
Open AssistantOpen Source
VicunaOpen Source
Dolly 2Open Source


ChatGPT is an AI language model that has sparked the movement for Artificial Intelligence tools.

Its ability to take user queries, and process them into the human language has helped make work more efficient and productive. 

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