Development of the world nuclear arsenal over time, 1945-2017

Number of nuclear warheads worldwide from 1945 to 2017

by Erin Duffin, last edited Apr 29, 2019
Development of the world nuclear arsenal over time, 1945-2017 This statistic shows the number of nuclear warheads around the world from 1945 to 2017. In 2017 there were an estimated 9,220 nuclear warheads worldwide.
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Number of nuclear warheads worldwide from 1945 to 2017

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Number of countries
1945 2
1950 304
1955 2,622
1960 20,265
1965 37,320
1970 37,863
1975 47,142
1980 55,255
1985 62,574
1990 55,162
1995 29,880
2000 23,566
2005 16,107
2010 11,071
20159,946
20179,220
Number of countries
1945 2
1950 304
1955 2,622
1960 20,265
1965 37,320
1970 37,863
1975 47,142
1980 55,255
1985 62,574
1990 55,162
1995 29,880
2000 23,566
2005 16,107
2010 11,071
20159,946
20179,220
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by Erin Duffin, last edited Apr 29, 2019
This statistic shows the number of nuclear warheads around the world from 1945 to 2017. In 2017 there were an estimated 9,220 nuclear warheads worldwide.
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