Global crypto user base surpassed half a billion in 2023 — report

More than half a billion people had become cryptocurrency users or owners by the end of 2023, according to a market sizing report from cryptocurrency exchange

The company estimates that the global number of cryptocurrency users increased by 34% in 2023, growing from 432 million to 580 million people.

Delving deeper into the statistics, reveals that Ether (ETH) ownership had risen from 89 million users to 124 million, while Bitcoin (BTC) ownership had increased from 222 million to 296 million people by the year’s close.

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An estimate reflecting the steady growth of cryptocurrency owners through 2023. Source:

The report notes that the 34% increase in the global cryptocurrency user base came amid prolonged, bearish market conditions.

“Crypto adoption in 2023 achieved new milestones, in spite of macro headwinds, namely the further monetary tightening by Western central banks to try to tame inflation, protracted kinetic conflict in Europe and a new one in the Middle East, and longer-term consequences of the pandemic,” an excerpt from the report notes.

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The document adds that Ethereum’s Shanghai upgrade played a role in the increase in the network’s activity and a subsequent rally in the value of ETH. Meanwhile, the influence of nonfungible token functionality coming to the Bitcoin blockchain in 2023 through the advent of BRC-20 tokens and Bitcoin Ordinals also drove strong demand for Bitcoin block space.

Bitcoin adoption picked up in Q4 of 2023, which played a role in BTC’s price appreciation above $40,000. Source:

Mounting talk of the eventual approval of several Bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs) filings in the United States also led to an increase in Bitcoin acquisitions and wallets in 2023. The report highlights BTC adoption surging in Q4 of 2023 as a result. includes data from 23 cryptocurrency exchanges in its on-chain data extraction. The report also notes that 40% of Bitcoin owners also own ETH, while 42% of cryptocurrency users do not have any BTC or ETH in their portfolios.

A previous report from Bitfinex in December 2023 predicted that the global cryptocurrency user base would increase to an estimated 950 million people by the end of 2024.

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