How Many Minutes and Hours In A Year?


As a saying goes, “Life is not about how many breaths you take, but instead how many moments take your breath away.” Those precious moments are measured by minutes or even seconds. Every minute counts in life.

Have you ever wondered how many minutes or hours are in a year? The short answer is, there are approximately 525,600 minutes or 8760 hours in a common year and 527,040 minutes or 8784 hours in a leap year. This is based on a calendar year of 365 days. The more exact answer is 525,948.7666 minutes or 8765.8128 hours per calendar year.

# of YearMinutesHours
1525,6008,760
21,051,20017,520
31,576,80026,280
42,102,40035,040
52,628,00043,800
63,153,60052,560
73,679,20061,320
84,204,80070,080
94,730,40078,840
105,256,00087,600

In this post, I’ll explain how the numbers are calculated for both common years and leap years. And you’ll be surprised how accurate a song can answer our question:)

How to Calculate How Many Minutes In A Year

As we discussed in this post, there are common years and leap years. Leap year has 366 days and it happens every four years. A calendar year has 365 days. However, it takes Earth approximately 365.242189 days, or 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 46 seconds, to circle once around the Sun. It’s called an astronomical year. That’s why we need to add one leap day every 4 years to account for the discrepancy.

If we base our calculation on 365 days a year, here is the calculation for how many hours, minutes and seconds in a year: 

Common Year:

1 Common Year = 365 days = 365 days* 24 hours/day = 365 days * 24 hours/day * 60 minutes/hour 

– 1 common year = 365 * 24 hours = 8760 hours

– 1 common year = 365 * 24 * 60 minutes = 525,600 minutes

– 1 common year = 365 *24 * 60*60 = 31,536,000 seconds

Remember the song “Season of Love”? It claims to know how many minutes a year. It’s certainly correct!

“Five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred minutes.
Five hundred twenty five thousand moments so dear.
five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred minutes.
How do you measure,
Measure a year?

In daylights?
In sunsets?
In midnights?
In cups of coffee?
In inches, in miles, in laughter, in strife?

In five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred minutes.
How do you measure a year in a life?”

Leap Year:

1 Leap Year =366 days = 366 days* 24 hours/day = 366 days * 24 hours/day * 60 minutes/hour 

– 1 Leap Year = 366 * 24 hours = 8784 hours

– 1 Leap Year = 366 * 24 * 60 minutes = 527,040 minutes

– 1 Leap Year = 366 *24 * 60 * 60 = 31,622,400 seconds

However, as we’ve discussed above, 1 solar year is 365 days 5 hours 48 minutes and 46 seconds. The exact answer should be based on this.

Exact Calculation:

365 days = 365 x 24 x 60 minutes = 525,600 minutes

5 hours = 5 x 60 = 300 minutes

48 minutes = 48 minutes

46 seconds = 46/60 minutes=0.76666 minutes

Putting the above values for minutes, we get

1 calendar year = 365 days 5 hours 48 minutes 46 seconds

= (525,600 + 300 + 48 + 0.76666) minutes

= 525948.76666 minutes

=8765.8128 hours (525948.76666/60)

Related Question:

How Many Minutes or Seconds In A Day? 

There are 1440 minutes or 86,400 seconds a day. One day has 24 hours, and one hour has 60 minutes. So you simply need to multiply 24 by 60 to get the total number of minutes in a day. If you want to get the answer to how many seconds in a day, multiply 1440 by 60 again (since 1 minute has 60 seconds). So there are 86,400 seconds in a day. 

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