Active Bitcoin Addresses at Highest Since 2017's $20K Price Record

Continued rise in network's usage could accelerate the price rally.

Oct 23, 2020 at 2:20 p.m. UTC
Updated Sep 14, 2021 at 10:23 a.m. UTC

Active user participation in Bitcoin's network has accelerated to levels last seen in December 2017, when the cryptocurrency printed record highs near $20,0000.

  • The number of active entities, or clusters of addresses controlled by a single network participant, jumped to 388,697 on Thursday, the highest since Dec. 9, 2017, according to data source Glassnode.
  • The metric has more than doubled in the past five days alongside bitcoin's rally from $11,350 to $13,300.
  • "It shows active participation in bitcoin is growing," a spokesperson for FCA-regulated crypto index provider CF Benchmarks told CoinDesk.
  • "Against the backdrop of PayPal’s announcement this week, it makes a lot of sense that interest in bitcoin is once again intensifying to heights not seen since late 2017," the spokesperson added.
  • Online payments giant PayPal announced support for bitcoin, ether, litecoin and bitcoin cash earlier this week, propelling bitcoin and wider crypto market higher.
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Bitcoin active entities

  • The cryptocurrency's price lags on-chain metrics such as active entities and hash rate.
  • While the count of active entities is closing on the record high of 411,127 reached on Dec. 9, 2017, the cryptocurrency's price is still down 53% from the lifetime high of $20,000.
  • Meanwhile, the seven-day rolling average of bitcoin's hashrate, or the measure of the mining power dedicated to the blockchain, rose to a record high of 146 exahashes per second earlier this month.
  • Continued rise in network's usage could accelerate the price rally.
  • "When there’s greater usage, there’s more demand for the cryptocurrency, and that drives the price up,” Philip Gradwell, chief economist at the blockchain intelligence firm Chainalysis, told CoinDesk.

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