Here’s How Long It Takes Santa To Visit 526 Million Kids

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By: JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images

By: JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images

We all know that Santa is amazing, but seeing how fast he needs to work to get to all the kids in the world before they wake up on Christmas morning is pretty awesome.

“The Atlantic” magazine decided to run the numbers to see how fast Santa has to be on Christmas Eve.  This only includes 526 million kids under the age of 14.  So, add in the kids over 14 and it gets a little more tricky.

Santa has to deliver 22 million kids per hour, every hour, and with the help of time zones, it’s possible.  But he has to be super fast!

If he starts at the International Date Line and moves west, it’s pretty easy.  It’s gets a little tougher once he gets through the Pacific.

He has to hit 6,100 kids per second for it to take 2 minutes to give presents in New Zealand, 12 minutes and 30 seconds in Australia.  The time zone that covers the Middle East is another easy one, that should only take about 2 minutes.

[photogallerylink id=64742 align=left]Here is North America, the Eastern time zone, which includes Pittsburgh of course,  will take Santa 2 hours and 22 minutes.  Central time zone takes 1 hour and 47 minutes, Mountain time zone just 29 minutes, and the Pacific time zone will take him 1 hour.

Then it’s easy again, with western Canada, Alaska, the Pacific Ocean, Hawaii, and Samoa.  That should only take him 2 minutes and 12 seconds.

So, there you go!  I always knew Santa was awesome, but that is incredible!  Gooo Santa!

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