How Many Pages Is 2000 Words?

How many pages is 2000 words?
This is a question we get from time to time. There are instances when you’re given an assignment, not by word count, but assigned by the number of pages. For example, “Write a paper four pages long.” If you get an assignment to write four pages, one of the first questions that will likely come to mind is, “How many words are in four pages?” If you need to figure out words per page, you can use a words per page calculator.

The truth is there is no definitive answer to this question. The number of words it will take to fill a page will depend on a number of factors including the type of font used, the font size, spacing elements, the margins used on the paper, the paragraph length, etc. For example, if the assignment says the writing should be in 10-point font, it’s going to take a greater number of words to fill a page than if the assignment requires a 12-point font.

For those who need a general rule of thumb, a typical page which has 1-inch margins and is typed in 12 point font with standard spacing elements will be approximately 500 words when typed single spaced. For assignments that require double spacing, it would take approximately 250 words to fill the page. For an assignment that requires you to write four pages, you can make the estimation that you’ll need to write approximately 2000 words for a single spaced paper, or 1000 words if the assignment is double spaced. Again, the type of font used can make the word count higher or lower, but it’s a good rule of thumb for those who are simply looking for a general estimation.

Since there can be a large variation on the number of words needed to fill a page, most papers are no longer assigned by page count. They are instead assigned by word count. That is, an assignment, essay or paper will likely be assigned as 1500 – 2000 words rather than 3 – 4 pages. This way it is much more difficult for the writer to “game the system” by using large fonts and excessive spacing to meet the writing criteria.

If you are given a writing assignment with a page number, the best thing to do is go directly to the person who made the assignment and ask for a word count. This will take away all the variations and help ensure your writing assignment meets expectations. If it’s for something informal and you simply need a general guideline, you can find it below.

How many pages is…

The below list is an approximation, and actual pages will differ depending on a number of factors mentioned earlier in this article. Use the below information for a general reference, but don’t assume it will be the case at all times. Here are basic word to pages conversions:

  • 500 words is 1 page single spaced, 2 pages double spaced.
  • 1,000 words is 2 pages single spaced 4 pages double spaced.
  • 1,500 words is 3 pages single spaced, 6 pages double spaced.
  • 2,000 words is 4 pages single spaced, 8 pages double spaced.
  • 2,500 words is 5 pages single spaced, 10 pages double spaced.
  • 3,000 words is 6 pages single spaced, 12 pages double spaced.
  • 4,000 words is 8 pages single spaced, 16 pages double spaced.
  • 5,000 words is 10 pages single spaced, 20 pages double spaced.
  • 7,500 words is 15 pages single spaced, 30 pages double spaced.
  • 10,000 words is 20 pages single spaced, 40 pages double spaced.
  • 20,000 words is 40 pages single spaced, 80 pages double spaced.
  • 25,000 words is 50 pages single spaced, 100 pages double spaced.
  • 30,000 words is 60 pages single spaced, 120 pages double spaced.
  • 40,000 words is 80 pages single spaced, 160 pages double spaced.
  • 50,000 words is 100 pages single spaced, 200 pages double spaced.
  • 60,000 words is 120 pages single spaced, 240 pages double spaced.
  • 70,000 words is 140 pages single spaced, 280 pages double spaced.
  • 75,000 words is 150 pages single spaced, 300 pages double spaced.
  • 80,000 words is 160 pages single spaced, 320 pages double spaced.
  • 90,000 words is 180 pages single spaced, 360 pages double spaced.
  • 100,000 words is 200 pages single spaced, 400 pages double spaced.

Below are basic pages to words conversions:

  • 1 page is 500 words single spaced, 250 words double spaced.
  • 2 pages is 1,000 words single spaced, 500 words double spaced.
  • 3 pages is 1,500 words single spaced, 750 words double spaced.
  • 4 pages is 2,000 words single spaced, 1,000 words double spaced.
  • 5 pages is 2,500 words single spaced, 1,250 words double spaced.
  • 6 pages is 3,000 words single spaced, 1,500 words double spaced.
  • 7 pages is 3,500 words single spaced, 1,750 words double spaced.
  • 8 pages is 4,000 words single spaced, 2,000 words double spaced.
  • 9 pages is 4,500 words single spaced, 2,250 words double spaced.
  • 10 pages is 5,000 words single spaced, 2,500 words double spaced.
  • 15 pages is 7,500 words single spaced, 3,750 words double spaced.
  • 20 pages is 10,000 words single spaced, 5,000 words double spaced.
  • 25 pages is 12,500 words single spaced, 6,250 words double spaced.
  • 30 pages is 15,000 words single spaced, 7,500 words double spaced.
  • 40 pages is 20,000 words single spaced, 10,000 words double spaced.
  • 50 pages is 25,000 words single spaced, 12,500 words double spaced.
  • 60 pages is 30,000 words single spaced, 15,000 words double spaced.
  • 70 pages is 35,000 words single spaced, 17,500 words double spaced.
  • 75 pages is 37,500 words single spaced, 18,750 words double spaced.
  • 80 pages is 40,000 words single spaced, 20,000 words double spaced.
  • 90 pages is 45,000 words single spaced, 22,500 words double spaced.
  • 100 pages is 50,000 words single spaced, 25,000 words double spaced.

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46 comments

  1. A page is about 500 words. I can write a 500 word / 46 line letter in 15 minutes but it can take another 15 to edit the letter into better English.

    wordcounter.net is used with ALL of the articles I publish.

    Thank you, WCN-

    1. This is very useful if you need to print your work and need a page estimate. I know it isn’t an exact number, but it can give a general estimate which is better than nothing.

    1. Did you actually count the words in this article? Or did you just take a look and make an estimate of how many words were in this article? Looking at the article it seems to me that there are less than 1000 words in it. I would estimate x3 just looking at it offhand…

  2. So how many pages would 250 words be? Would that be half a page? Or would that be a full page? I only need to write 250 words and you don’t have how many pages that is on your list.

  3. Thank you for this handy estimate of word/page count. This was exactly what I was looking for. Most of my assignments are word count, but one class is page count. I had no idea what I was expected to write, but this gives me a good word count estimate to shoot for. Thanks

  4. In actual sense, all this doesn’t matter. You can chage things to make the pages different depending on the number of words. It’s all an estimate and not a solid answer that can be applied for everything.

    1. The OP states that these are estimates. Just because an estimate won’t be exactly right doesn’t mean it isn’t useful. People use estimates all the time to help them. For those who are looking for a basic rough idea, this is helpful.

  5. Things were so much easier back in the day when you could know exactly how many pages 500 words would be. Now that it’s so easy to manipulate pages, they have no real meaning. I can change he margins, increase the font point size or just choose a font that fits me needs for space. Pages are useless these days. That is why almost al assignments are done with word counts. Everyone knows how easy it is to manipulate pages that it’s the only way to ensure assignments are done correctly.

  6. What am I supposed to do if I write 1000 words, but it doesn’t make the number of pages I want? I don’t think I should have to write more words just because mine happen to be shorter than my classmates. We both wrote the same number of words, his are just longer so it takes up more pages. That means people who write long words have an advantage even though long words aren’t always good to use.

    1. Is this really something that’s worth complaining about? The important issue is to write the best essay you can, not the length of words. If you’re focus in only on the words and not what you’ve written, your writing is never going to be good. Focus on what’s important, not on things like this.

  7. Can someone explain to me why so many people are obsessed with word count and page count? If you’re a writer, shouldn’t writing well be the most important thing? Why do writers seem to obsess over word count and page count? I just don’t understand it.

    1. Many authors use word count as a motivational tool. To help them from getting stuck and editing each sentence over and over again as they write, they choose a minimum number of words they want to write each day. These words may not be perfect and will likely need to be heavily edited, but it gets the ideas down and keeps them from getting stuck on one area of their book. It’s a way to motivate them to get the book done. It works well for me, but I know others who don’t do well with it. I think it depends a lot on your personality, but forcing myself to be consistent day in and day out helps me get my books done. Without a daily word count, I would never complete them.

    2. Depending on the genre of book you are writing, word count can be critical in whether or not your writing can actually be published. Publishers like certain genres to be within certain word counts, so any author who hopes to be published has to create their works within these counts.

  8. How many words is a page if the lines are 1.5 spaced? I have a teacher who insists all our essays be spaces 1.5 (not single and not double) and there is no information on this. If I write 1000 words, how much would that be 1.5 spaced?

    1. 1000 words 1.5 spaces would be 3 pages. You just need to find the middle point between single-spaced and double-spaced to figure out 1.5 spaced calculations.

  9. Do you know what fonts have the widest spacing so that they fill up the page more quickly? I need to find a wide font so I don’t have to write as many words to fill up the pages on my assignment. If you can send me in the direction of the best wide font to do this, that would be great.

  10. I think there should be an industry standard for this. Everyone should just know that 1 page = 500 words. If we could all just agree to that, life would be so much simpler. You have a standard for measurements, you have a standard for time, we should have a standard for the number of words that constitutes a single page. It’s ridiculous that 300 words is a page for one person and 700 words is a page for another person.

  11. The real question isn’t how many pages is 2000 words, it’s how many words is 2000 pages. That’s what I want to know!

    1. Who is ever going to read 2000 pages? And if you really wanted to know, you could do the calculations to figure it out. It’s not that difficult. It would be 500,000 words if the pages are doubled spaced, and it would be 1 million words if the pages are single spaced. All you have to do is a little math to figure that out.

  12. I am confused. Why isn’t the page size factor considered here? Every factor is considered and it is okay but the page numbers also largely vary with respect to the font, font size, spacing and the number of words. The Microsoft word of any version can be made portrait or the landscape-sized, page can be narrowed or broadened.. These all are under the menu “page layout” in the word and under “margins, orientation, size”

    If standard size is taken as A4 size then it would be easy for understanding all these. Thanks!

  13. I find these estimates to be off. I write longer words than most, so most of my pages have less words than the estimates on this page. They are off. You should change them so they are more accurate for people who use longer vocabulary words.

    1. They are estimates. Of course there are many factors which will make pages longer or shorter than the estimates provided here. These aren’t absolutes, but general rules of thumb to give you a guestimate.

  14. Why is everything word count these days instead of page count? Page count is so much easier. When I was in school when I was younger, all assignments were page count. Write a 5 page essay. Write a 10 page paper. Now it’s all about words and number of words. It’s so much more complicated.

    1. Page count was great when there were only typewriters and each page was basically the same, but now it’s easy to manipulate page count by changing font size and fonts. You can also adjust margins with a computer. Word count is just a lot more accurate.

  15. I have a writing assignment in school, and it is always helpful to know how many pages I will need. I think that since teachers don’t give page assignments but only word count assignments, it’s difficult to imagine how many pages that will be.

    1. The reason that teachers don’t assign a number of pages anymore is because it’s too easy to manipulate pages. When students used to write on typewriters, it was common for teachers to assign essays in number of pages. With the adoption of computers in the classroom, teachers switched from pages to work count because it was too easy for the computers to manipulate the font size and page size. By assigning a word count, teachers get a more accurate length of essay than they would if they assigned homework by pages.

  16. What if you hand write your pages? I don’t like writing rough drafts on the computer, so I do it by hand. How many words will be on my hand written pages? I use a standard 11 x 8.5 inch notebook paper single spaced.

    1. This would depend heavily on how big/small you write. it’s like different fonts take up different amount of space on a page, so does your specific handwriting. The best way to know your per page word count would be to look at past pages and count the number of words you write for each page. it’s time consuming, but any other estimate is bound not to be accurate since it’s so dependent on your handwriting.

  17. Do teachers really count the number of words when an assignment is given? They don’t actually count each individual word, so can I just make up a number of words for each page and use that. How would the teacher ever know?

  18. I don’t get why everyone is so obsessed with word count and page count. Just write a good essay and don’t worry about it. There are more important things to worry about in life!

    1. Some of us get marked down points if we do not hit a certain word count or page count. If I’m assigned a paper and it has to be a minimum number of words, I worry about hitting that number.

    2. I agree that there are a lot of people who are overly concerned with word count, but there are legitimate reasons to keep it in mind as well. @Daniel gives a good example. I wouldn’t worry about it too much. If it’s not something important to you and your writing, you can ignore it.

  19. My teacher told me that I needed to write an essay that had 2500 words. I wrote an essay which had 2498 words. I got marks off for not writing an essay with exactly 2500 words. That’s completely ridiculous but my teacher refuse to reinstate the point she took off because she said 2500 words and not 2498 words. I could’ve just said that my was 2500 words and she would’ve never known the difference. I don’t understand why I’m being punished for being honest.

    1. It is pretty petty of your teacher to do that (usually they will give you a range of words to keep within) but it’s also an important lesson in learning to read and follow directions as stated.

  20. Shouldn’t a certain number of words equal a page and vice versa? If I write 500 words, can’t I just say that’s a page and be done with it? Does it really need to be this confusing?

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