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How Many Words In One Page?

You’re assigned a homework in school today, “Please submit an essay four pages long.” That’s all you get. The next question in your mind will be “How many words do I have to write?”, or “What’s the word count for that?”

Fortunately, or unfortunately, there’s no definite answer to that. There are many factors that contribute to the number of words one page can contain. Some of the more common ones are: font size, type of font used, line spacings, margins of the document, etc. Intuitively speaking, the smaller the font size, the more words you need; the smaller the line spacings, the more words you need in a page.

In any new Microsoft Word document on your computer, the default font size is 12 pt, and the default font is either Times New Roman or Cambria. These are also the standard academic font for college papers. We recommend you to change this to the default if yours isn’t!

In One Page

As a general estimation, a typical page of single spaced document with font size 12 pt takes approximately 500 words to fill the page. Alternatively, you will need 250 words to fill a page of a double spaced document. Therefore, for your assignment of 4 pages long, it will add up to 2000 words for single spaced, or 1000 words for double spaced. The type of font you use may change your word count, but it should not affect too much.

Here’s two tables for your quick reference. Remember, these are just general guidelines for you. If you want the most accurate information, ask the person who gave you the assignment directly! And make sure to follow their instructions!

By word count

How many words do you need to write?

Number of words

Number of pages

(single spaced)

Number of pages

(double spaced)

250

1/2

1

300

3/5

1 1/5

400

4/5

1 3/5

500

1

2

600

1 1/5

2 2/5

750

1 1/2

3

800

1 3/5

3 1/5

1000

2

4

1200

2 2/5

4 4/5

1500

3

6

2000

4

8

2500

5

10

3000

6

12

3500

7

14

4000

8

16

4500

9

18

5000

10

20

6000

12

24

7500

15

30

8000

16

32

10000

20

40

By page count

How many pages do you need to write?

Number of pages

Number of words

(single spaced)

Number of words

(double spaced)

1

500

250

2

1000

500

3

1500

750

4

2000

1000

5

2500

1250

6

3000

1500

7

3500

1750

8

4000

2000

9

4500

2250

10

5000

2500

Use our word count tool to check your word count, and find out how many pages they make up!


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