It’s official. Despite Bitcoin’s ups and downs, demand continues to surge. There are now 5,457 Bitcoin ATM globally according to Statistics.
Actually, that number is at odds with Coin ATM Radar who places Bitcoin ATMs at 5,590 worldwide. This just goes to show how quickly new installations are appearing on a daily basis.
As bitrawr tweeted out, this clearly shows:
But with such high fees for using Bitcoin ATMs (sometimes up to 15%), why is there such a demand for them?
Well, they do provide a much easier way of turning BTC into fiat than using an exchange and transferring to your bank account. Transactions are also a lot faster, taking just a few seconds rather than days to complete.
They’re also rather useful for people who want to travel and get hold of the local currency easily.
Top 5 Countries for Bitcoin ATM
Interestingly, considering its dithering on key decisions over Bitcoin ETFs and its clamping down on ICOs, the USA gallops ahead when it comes to the number of Bitcoin ATMs. A massive 62.3% of all of them are in the USA with 3,678 locations.
Next up is Canada with 707, the UK with 274, Austria with 252, and Spain with 94. It’s also worth noting that not far behind is Switzerland with 73.
When you consider the sizes of both tiny landlocked Switzerland and Austria, that’s a much higher penetration rate. Although it’s perhaps unsurprising there should be so many Bitcoin ATMs given the massive uptake of cryptocurrencies in these two countries.
Countries That Don’t Take Part At All
If you’re looking to travel to Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bolivia, Algeria, Bangladesh, Vanuatu or Macedonia, you won’t find a single Bitcoin ATM. That’s because Bitcoin is banned in these countries (even though Bitcoin is unbannable for multiple reasons).
Bitcoin of course still circulates in these countries regardless of laws trying to quash its existence. People wanting to buy and sell BTC in these places use sites like LocalBitcoins, Paxful or Bisq.