How many accounts does Ethereum have right now with any activity? And how many of those belong to contracts and how many to humans? Is there any statistics I can check in real time? Or at least some recent report on this data?


Ethereum 'accounts' or key pairs are generated independent of the blockchain itself. For example, I can go and create 1,000 Ethereum accounts right now and no central address registry will be able to know (because there isn't one).

I remember asking myself a similar question for Bitcoin. I found this website that clearly collated some statistics from a Bitcoin block explorer. It gives you an idea of the amount of accounts that actually own coins. The same website has yet to create a similar tool for Ethereum but I'd suspect they will soon (as they've done it for litecoin etc).

Bitcoin distribution by account balances

It's quite simple to tell if an account is an externally owned account or a contract account. You'll notice compiled source code along with it in various block explorers such as Etherscan. Etherscan have already classified the different accounts on their platform.

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Right now, I'm not aware of any similar analysis on the Ethereum blockchain. But I'd imagine it's done the same way Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have been.

Hope this helps and I'm open to some links for research that's been conducted in this area.

UPDATE: Etherscan provides in depth analysis as mentioned in the comments.


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