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.US Domain Registrations Rose 9.1% in the Past Year - More Than Double Latest Rate for All TLDs Combined 

By Ron Jackson

We started tracking .US domain registrations on July 1, 2021 in preparation for the launch of the American Domain Names website that followed on July 4 (yes, our one-year anniversary) is almost here)! One year ago at this time, 1,691,304 .US domain has been registered. As of today, that number has jumped by 153,449 domains - an annual growth rate of 9.1% (you can see the month by month progression on our Sales & Stats page). 

To put that number into perspective you can check out how the .US growth rate compares to the market for all TLDs combined, as well as individual categories likes .com and all ccTLDs, by looking at the information in the latest Verisign Domain Name Industry Brief  (.pdf file) that DNJournal.com broke down today. The new Verisign report covers the opening quarter of the year and includes both quarter to quarter and year over year comparisons. At the end of 1Q-2022, the total number of domains registered in all TLDs worldwide was 350.5 million. That was 13.2 million more than one year earlier - an annual growth rare of 3.9%. The .com TLD alone outperformed the market with a 4.3% growth rate (based on adding 6.7 million domains to bring the .com total to 161.3 million). Those are both healthy percentage increases, numbers so it is encouraging to see .US growing at an even faster clip.

The 9.1% gain for America's ccTLD (country code domain) is even more impressive when you compare it to the rate for all of the world's ccTLDs combined (every nation has their own ccTLD). 133.4 million country code domains were registered worldwide at the end of 1Q-2022 (not far from the total number of .com registrations). As a whole the ccTLD category grew 2.4% year over year (and it really started coming on strong in the opening quarter of this year when that rate doubled to 4.7% after 6 million domains were added in 1Q-2022 alone). 

While it is gaining ground, .US still has a lot of room left to grow. It is far from being the biggest ccTLD in total registrations, a situation that resulted from most of the the world's other ccTLDs getting a 17-year head start. Though .US was launched as the very first ccTLD on the Internet on  February 15, 1985, it was not made available to all U.S. citizens (and those doing business with the U.S.) until April 24, 2002! Prior to that the TLD was reserved for use by government agencies, law enforcement, schools and a handful of other entities. In the meantime, between 1985 and 2002, .com grew into the omnipresent global TLD it continues to be. However, since 2002, the Internet has also grown exponentially. Back them only about 25 million .com domains were registered. Today, as  we noted, that number is over 160 million. That's why so many new TLDs were created to meet the demand for short, memorable domains. As the official TLD for the world's biggest economy, more and more people, especially in America's small to medium sized businesses, are seeing .US as one of the best possible options for their internet identity.

Posted July 1, 2022. Permalink for this story: 
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