Rounding numbers to the nearest 1,000

The diameter of the earth at the equator is 12,756 kilometers. That's not an easy number to remember but if someone asked you what the approximate distance was you could probably remember that it's about 13,000 kilometers. You'd get that number by rounding to the nearest thousand. Below are two other examples showing rounding to the nearest thousand.

Note: You can use this rounding calculator at the foot of this page to round a number to the nearest 1,000.

 

Rule for rounding to the nearest 1000

Look at the number in the hundred's place and...
Rule for rounding up or down

Review the examples below to see how to round to the nearest 1000.

Example 1:

Example showing rounding 3800 to the nearest thousand

Example 2:

Example showing 7379 rounded to nearest thousand

How to round to the nearest 1000

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Let’s round a number to the nearest 1000. 3,777 23,698 43,459 268
Underline the hundred's place. 3,777 23,698 43,459 268
If it is less than 5, round down.     43,000 0
If it is 5 or more, round up. 4,000 24,000  

 

Pictorially 3777 shown on a vertical scale between 0 and 10000 23698 shown on a vertical scale between 20000 and 30000 43459 shown on a vertical scale between 40000 and 50000 268 shown on a vertical scale between 0 and 10000
 

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Rounding Calculator


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