How Many Domains Are There

How Many Domains Are There? (Ultimate Domain Name Stats 2022)

The World Wide Web is extraordinarily wide. But exactly how many domains are there? 

It’s a difficult question to answer because of the varied methods of measuring and tracking them. However, we can get a good sense of the number of domains and the most popular ones by reviewing the available domain name statistics, facts, and data. 

To better understand how many domains exist, check out these domain name registration statistics.

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Types of Domains

Domains are often defined by their root (also known as domain extensions).

According to the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) database, there are currently 1,591 registered domain root types (such as .com, .uk, etc.).

*Information last retrieved on 17 April 2022.


These include:

  • Top-Level Domain (TLD) or Generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD): TLDs, also known gTLDs, are the most generic category. These include all types of domains. 
  • Country-Code Top-Level Domain (ccTLD): These are defined by their country of registration (i.e. .de).
  • New Generic Top-Level Domain (ngTLD): These are newly registered in the database and may be atypical (i.e. .club). 
  • Geo New Generic Top-Level Domain (Geo ngTLD): These are newly registered, but have to do with location (i.e. .berlin). 

How Many Domains Exist in Total?

In total, there are currently about 341.7 million domain name registrations (Q4 2021).

While the number of domain name registrations seems high, it’s not constantly increasing. There were declines as well. For example, domain name registrations have actually decreased in the first half of 2021, compared to 2020. There were 2.8 million (or 0.7%) fewer registrations in Q2 2021, compared to Q2 2020.

Q4 2021, nevertheless, marked a 1.6 million (or 0.5%) increase year over year in overall domain registrations.

What Are the Most Popular Domains Worldwide?

Most popular top-level domains (TLDs) worldwide as of April 2022

Most popular top level domains Worldwide 2022
Most popular TLDs Worldwide (Source: Statista)

As you can see, the most popular domains are a mixed group of generic and country-level sites. Based on the market share (among the top 10 million websites), the most popular domain continues to be .com with a 53.3% share.


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What Is the Most Popular Top Level Domain?

.com is currently the most popular top-level domain with a 53.3% global market share.

.ca (for Canada) is next highest with 11% of market share, followed by:

  • .org (for organization) with 4.4.%
  • .ru (for Russia) with 4.3%,
  • .net (for network) with 3.1%
  • and .au (for Australia) and .UK (for the United Kingdom) with 1.8% market share each

Top TLDs by number of reported domain names Q4 2021
Source: Verisign Q4 2021 Report

However, when calculated by the total number of reported domain names, the popularity of certain domains shifts. Thus, .com continues to be #1 with 160 million, but others jump on the list including:

  • 17.2 million – .de (for Germany)
  • 15.3 million – .cn (for China)
  • 13.4 million – .net (for network)
  • 11.1 million – .uk (for the United Kingdom)
  • 10.5 million – .org (for organization) 
  • 6.2 million – .nl (for the Netherlands)
  • 5.7 million – .ru (for Russia)
  • 4.8 million – .br (for Brazil)
  • 3.9 million – .fr (for France)


How Many .com Domains Are There?

.com continues to be the most popular of all available domain extensions. There were 160 million .com domain name registrations as of Q4 2021.


How Many .net Domains Are There?

.net continues to trail behind .com with a total of 13.4 million domain name registrations as of Q4 2021. 


How Many .org Domains Are There?

.org is the third most popular generic domain extension with a total of 10.5 million registrations as of Q4 2021.

.com, .net and .org are some of the most popular domains today. In total, they account for 183.9 million domain name registrations. Year-over-year, this marks a 5.2% increase from 2020 (175.5 million, Q4 2020).


How Many ccTLDs Are There?

Top 10 ccTLDs, as of December 31, 2021

Largest ccTLDs by number of domain names
Source: Verisign Q4 2021 Report

Currently, there are around 127.4 million ccTLD registrations. Overall, ccTLD domain name registrations decreased year-over-year, with 4.0% fewer registrations than in Q4 2020. 

In addition, there are 308 ccTLD roots in the database, with the top 10 accounting for 58.7% of all ccTLDs. The most popular ccTLDs include:

  • 17.2 million – .de (for Germany)
  • 15.3 million – .cn (for China)
  • 11.1 million – .uk (for the United Kingdom)
  • 6.2 million – .nl (for the Netherlands)
  • 5.7 million – .ru (for Russia)
  • 4.8 million – .br (for Brazil)
  • 3.9 million – .fr (for France)
  • 3.7 million – .eu (for the European Union)
  • 3.4 million – .it (for Italy)
  • 3.4 million – au. (for Australia)

How Many ngTLDs Exist? 

Leading new generic top level domains (ngTLD) as of January 2022 (in millions)

Leading new generic top level domains (ngTLD)
Source: Statista

ngTLDs, those with new domain roots, account for 7.2% of all TLD domain name registrations. 

In one 2021 study of ngTLDs, the #1 was .xyz with 3.6 million domain name registrations.

Other popular ngTLDs include .online, .site, .top, .icu, .club, .shop, .vip, .app and .work. 

ngTLDs as percentage of Total TLDs

ngTLDs as percentage of total TLDs
Source: Verisign Q4 2021 Report

However, in another 2021 study of 22.9 million ngTLDs, the most popular domains appeared in a slightly different order.

ngTLDs market shares:

  • .xyz 14.3%
  • .online 7.5%
  • .top 5.9%
  • .site 4.2% .
  • .shop 3.9%
  • .club 3.8% .
  • .vip 3.0%
  • .app 2.9%
  • .store 2.8%
  • .live 2.3%

Finally, the top 10 ngTLDs represent just over half of all ngTLD registrations.


How Many Geo ngTLDs Are There?

Geo ngTLDs as percentage of Total Geo TLDs

ngTLDs as percentage of total TLDs
ngTLDs as percentage of total TLDs

Finally, some new domain roots are related to geographic location. These geo ngTLDs often correspond to cities or regions. There are 66.9 million geo ngTLDs today. 

Currently, there are 50 geo ngTLDs with over 1,000 registrations. Of this group, the top 10 account for 67.1% of all geo ngTLDs.

Tokyo is the most popular geo ngTLD with 33.3%, but others include .nyc, .berlin, .london, .bayern, .africa., .koeln, .amsterdam, .hamburg and .paris.


Domains Continue To Dominate

Ultimately, there’s no one answer to how many domains exist today. While most estimates suggest there are 340+ million total, the statistics on different types of domains vary. 

As global business picks up post-pandemic, we imagine there will be even more domains. Be sure to check back on our Siteefy blog for more stats and updates! 


FAQ

Sources:
  • https://www.verisign.com/assets/domain-name-report-Q22021.pdf
  • https://www.verisign.com/assets/domain-name-report-Q42021.pdf
  • https://www.statista.com/statistics/265677/number-of-internet-top-level-domains-worldwide/
  • https://www.statista.com/statistics/569300/gtlds-by-number-ob-domains/
  • https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20200528005832/en/Internet-Grows-to-366.8-Million-Domain-Name-Registrations-at-the-End-of-the-First-Quarter-of-2020
  • https://www.iana.org/domains/root/db

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