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How Many Ubers Would Santa Need?

Santa has an unbelievable task on Christmas Eve. Neither the post office, UPS nor FedEx are capable of such a feat. Magic is the only way Santa is able to deliver all those toys to the children of the world.


Santa’s Ride on Christmas Eve

On Christmas Eve, Santa will deliver 526 million gifts to children. He’ll have 24 hours to make deliveries across all timezones. He’ll be delivering 22 million gifts per hour and traveling 212 million miles.

But when calamity strikes and Santa’s sleigh breaks down, he would likely do the same thing the rest of us do when our car needs repairs — turn to Uber.

While Uber may seem magical at times, it would take a massive number of drivers to deliver all the toys before Christmas Day.

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Elves in Ubers

If Santa were to delegate his Christmas Eve task, it would take 3.9 million elves, each working with an Uber driver for an 8-hour shift of delivering gifts to sleeping girls and boys. Each elf would be tasked with delivering 136 gifts before dawn. That would be 17 gifts each hour.

The total cost if Santa’s magical sleigh was replaced by a fleet of elves in Ubers would be $806 million.


Top 10 U.S. Cities

New York: To deliver gifts to 1.8 million kids, it would take 4,724 Ubers and would cost $831,888.
Los Angeles: To deliver gifts to 917,505 kids, it would take 2,357 Ubers and would cost $185,831.
Chicago: To deliver gifts to 628,446 kids, it would take 1,612 Ubers and would cost $166,287.
Houston: To deliver gifts to 594,722 kids, it would take 1,542 Ubers and would cost $96,598.
Phoenix: To deliver gifts to 440,773 kids, it would take 1,144 Ubers and would cost $60,542.
San Antonio: To deliver gifts to 393,918 kids, it would take 1,017 Ubers and would cost $59,277.
Philadelphia: To deliver gifts to 352,674 kids, it would take 909 Ubers and would cost $85,747.
Dallas: To deliver gifts to 344,525 kids, it would take 896 Ubers and would cost $51,637.
San Diego: To deliver gifts to 298,515 kids, it would take 773 Ubers and would cost $64,357.
San Jose: To deliver gifts to 254,673 kids, it would take 656 Ubers and would cost $69,517.