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Introduction: What Are Thousandths?

Decimal numbers have a whole number part and a fractional part (or a decimal part) separated by a decimal point. All digits to the right of the decimal point, which represent the fractional part, are decimal digits. The third place from the decimal point is the ‘thousandths’ place. 

For example, 123.456 is a decimal number in which 123 is the whole number and 4, 5, and 6 are decimal digits representing the fractional part. Based on the number of decimal digits, decimal numbers can be named easily. Thousandths are decimals with three decimal digits.

Thousandths Definition

The definition of thousandths can be given as: 

Thousandths is the third place after the decimal point. The decimals that have three decimal digits are also referred to as thousandths.

Examples of thousandths: 0.005, 1.345, 56.789

Decimals Place Value Chart

In decimal place values, the thousandths place refers to the third place after the decimal point. It is between the hundredths place and the ten-thousandths place, as shown in the place value chart below.

Thousandths place in decimal place value chart

For example, the decimal number 986.153 in the place value system will be written as: 

A decimal written using the place value chart

Tenths, Hundredths, and Thousandths

To understand the thousandths better, let’s first explore tenths and hundredths.


Tenths are decimals with one decimal digit, i.e., they have one digit after the decimal point. The decimal 0.5, equal to $\frac{5}{10}$, is pronounced as “five tenths” or “zero point five.”


Hundredths have two digits after the decimal point. The decimal 7.15, equal to $\frac{715}{100}$, is   pronounced as “Seven and fifteen hundredths” or “Seven point fifteen.”


By this time, you could have guessed the meaning of thousandths. It follows a similar pattern. Thousandths have three digits after the decimal point. The decimal, 8.123, equal to $\frac{8123}{1000}$, is pronounced as “Eight and one hundred twenty-three thousandths” or “Eight point one two three.”

Visual Representation of One Thousandth

One thousandth means one part in a thousand equal parts. The decimal form is 0.001. The fraction form  is $\frac{1}{1000}$.  

Place values of the decimal thousandth

Representing Thousandths using Base Ten Blocks

If a large cube is divided into 1000 equal cubes, each small cube will represent one-thousandth of the whole. 

Base ten blocks of tenths, hundredths, and thousandths

One thousandth $= \frac{1}{1000}$, which in decimal form is equal to 0.001

This image shows the tenth, hundredth, and thousandth part of the large cube. We can represent any decimal number using these parts.

For example: 2.364 has 2 wholes, 3 tenths, 6 hundredths, and 4 thousandths.

Representing decimal using place value blocks

Fractions with 1000 as a Denominator

Fractions with 1000 as denominator can be easily expressed as thousandths. Few points must be considered while writing fractions as thousandths. Three rightmost digits are available to post the decimal point from a fraction of form Number $\frac{1}{1000}$. If we are short of digits, we add zeros at the left of the number.

For instance, $\frac{17}{1000}$ is written as 0.017. Refer to the image given below for similar cases.

Fractions with 1000 as denominator

Representing Thousandths on a Number Line

Number lines are the horizontal straight lines where the integers are placed in equal intervals.

A number line

Let’s consider a few examples to understand how to represent decimals on a number line. To represent 7.4, we divide the distance between 7 and 8 into 10 equal parts and select the fourth marking. Each small part equals 0.1.

Representing tenths on a number line

Similarly, to represent 7.45 on a number line, we divide the distance between 7.4 and 7.5 into 10 equal parts and choose the marking for the fifth part. Each small part equals 0.01.

Representing hundredths on a number line

Similarly, to represent 7.456 on a number line, we first divide the distance between 7.45 and 7.46 into 10 equal parts and select the sixth marking. Each small part equals 0.001.

Representing thousandths on a number line

Following are the key points to represent thousandths on a number line.

  • Dividing the distance between two whole numbers into 10 equal parts to represent tenths values. 
  • Divide the distance between two-tenths again to represent the hundredths values.
  • Divide the distance between two-hundredths into 10 equal parts to represent the thousandths values.

‘Thousandth’ as an Ordinal Number

An ordinal number is a number used to indicate an order or position in a list. Thousandth, as an ordinal number, is written as “1000th”. It’s an ordinal number since it also represents a position. 

Example: Suppose you are counting pages of a book. The page that comes after page number 999 will be the 1000th page.

Fun Facts

  1. While writing the numbers 0 to 1000 in the word form, the letter “a” appears once in one thousand times!
Fun fact about thousandth

2) The image below will help you understand the place values of a large decimal number before and after the decimal point.

Place values in decimals

Solved Examples

1. Write 0.597 in words.

Solution: 0.597 is a decimal with three digits post the decimal point. Therefore, we must read the given decimal number until its thousandth part. “Zero point Five Nine Seven.”

Another way to read the given decimal number is “Five Hundred and Ninety-Seven Thousandth”.

2. Identify the digit at the thousandths place in $\frac{825}{1000}$

Solution:  $\frac{8}{10}+ \frac{2}{100}+\frac{5}{1000}= \frac{825}{1000}$

So, $\frac{825}{1000} = 0.825$ and the digit at the thousandth’s place comes three positions after the decimal point, which is 5.

3. Write the following as a decimal number. $\frac{2}{10}+ \frac{3}{100}+\frac{7}{1000}$

Solution: $\frac{2}{10}$ can be written as 0.2. 

$\frac{3}{100}$ can be written as 0.03.

Similarly, $\frac{7}{1000}$ can be written as 0.007.

Therefore, $0.2 + 0.03 + 0.007 = 0.237$

Practice Problems


Attend this quiz & Test your knowledge.


Which of the following numbers has 6 in the thousandth place?

Correct answer is: 98.756
For the number 6 to be in the thousandths place, it needs to be three places to the right of the decimal point. The number which satisfies this condition is 98.756

Five thousandths is

Correct answer is: 0.005
Since thousandths have three digits after the decimal point, the decimal 0.005 is pronounced as five thousandths.

$\frac{7}{100}+\frac{9}{1000}$ equals

Correct answer is: 0.079
7/100 can be written as 0.07, $\frac{9}{1000}$ can be written as 0.009. Adding the two resultants gives 0.079.

How many thousandths are there in a hundredth?

Correct answer is: 10
A hundredth $= \frac{1}{100}$ and a thousandth $= \frac{1}{1000}$. First, understand that a hundredth is greater than a thousandth.
Also, $10 \times \frac{1}{1000} = \frac{1}{100}$
So, there are ten thousandths in a hundredth.

The decimal number 4.35 reads as

Four hundred and thirty two
Forty three point two
Four and thirty-five hundredths
Four point fifty three
Correct answer is: Four and thirty-five hundredths
4.35 has 4 as the whole number part and 35 as the decimal part. Also, it has two decimal digits, tenth and hundredth. So, it reads as “four and thirty-five hundredths.”

Frequently Asked Questions

A thousand represents the whole number 1000 and a thousandth represents 1 part out of  1000 equal parts of something, which is $\frac{1}{1000}$ or 0.001.

The sixth digit after the decimal point represents the millionth place. In decimals, $\frac{1}{1000000}$ or 0.000001 is the millionth value.

The myth that “The longer decimal is larger” is one of the most common misconceptions that children have about  decimals. It comes from the assumption that the longer decimal has more value than the short one. However, that’s not the case. Decimals must be compared using their place values.

Example: 0.1 > 0.00001