Created by Mateusz Mucha and Dominik Czernia, PhD

Reviewed by

Bogna Szyk and Jack Bowater

Last updated:

Jan 09, 2023

- What is the percentage? - How to find the percentage of something?
- How to find the percentage of two numbers? - Cookies! 🍪
- How to find the percentage of a number? - Other examples
- How to calculate the percentage? What's the percentage formula?
- History of percentage - the percent sign
- Spelling - percent or per cent?
- What is per mille? What is a basis point?
- Percentage points (percent points)
- FAQ

This percentage calculator is a tool that lets you do a simple calculation: what percent of X is Y? The tool is pretty straightforward. All you need to do is fill in two fields, and the third one will be calculated for you automatically. This method will allow you to answer the question of how to find a percentage of two numbers. Furthermore, our percentage calculator also allows you to perform calculations in the opposite way, i.e., how to find a percentage of a number. Try entering various values into the different fields and see how **quick and easy-to-use** this handy tool is. Is only knowing how to get a percentage of a number is not enough for you? If you are looking for more extensive calculations, hit the **advanced mode** button under the calculator.

Other than being helpful with learning percentages and fractions, this tool is useful in many different situations. You can find percentages in almost **every aspect** of your life! Anyone who has ever been to the shopping mall has surely seen dozens of signs with a large percentage symbol saying "*discount!*". And this is only one of many other examples of percentages. They frequently appear, e.g., in finance where we used them to find an amount of income tax or sales tax, or in health to express what is your body fat. Keep reading if you would like to see how to find a percentage of something, what the percentage formula is, and the applications of percentages in other areas of life, like statistics or physics.

Here are a few calculators to solve related problems:

- percentage increase and percentage decrease calculators show the percentage change, either positive or negative;
- percentage change, doesn't matter whether it's positive or negative;
- percentage difference takes care of a very similar concept, used when we don't know the direction of the calculation (from number A to B or B to A);
- pie charts help us visualize the percentage of data in each segment of a given distribution.

## What is the percentage? - How to find the percentage of something?

Percentage is one of many ways to express a dimensionless relation of two numbers (the other methods being ratios, described in our ratio calculator, and fractions). Percentages are very popular since they can describe situations that involve large numbers (e.g., estimating chances for winning the lottery), average (e.g., determining final grade of your course) as well as very small ones (like volumetric proportion of NO₂ in the air, also frequently expressed by PPM - parts per million).

**One percent is a hundredth.** As a percent sign, we usually use %, but sometimes it is denoted by *pct*. It means that `5 percent`

is the same as `5%`

, `5 pct`

, `0.05`

, `5/100`

, or `five-hundredths`

. It is as simple as that, and this percentage calculator is a tool dedicated to working with decimal fractions and percentages. If you're seeking more complicated problems, try to figure out how to calculate the percentage of a percentage.

This is all nice, but we usually do not use percents just by themselves. Mostly, we want to answer **how big is one number in relation to another number?**. To try to visualize it, imagine that we have something everyone likes, for example, a large packet of cookies (or donuts or chocolates, whatever you prefer 😉 - we will stick to cookies). Let's try to find an answer to the question of what is **40% of 20**? It is 40 hundredths of 20, so if we divided 20 cookies into 100 even parts (good luck with that!), 40 of those parts would be 40% of 20 cookies. Let's do the math: `40/100 * 20 = 8`

. A handy little tip: to divide by 100, simply move the dot two spaces to the left. In our calculation, `40/100 * 20`

could be done as `(40 * 20)/100`

(it's the same thing). `40 * 20`

is 800. By moving the dot in 800 by two digits to the left, you get 8.00, and when you get rid of all unnecessary zeros, **you obtain 8**. In our calculator, enter 40 and 20 (so it reads "40% of 20" is 8).

## How to find the percentage of two numbers? - Cookies! 🍪

A percentage is also a way to express the **relation between two numbers as a fraction of 100**. In other words, the percentage tells us how one number relates to another. If we know that number `A`

is 25% of number `B`

, we know that `A`

to `B`

is like 25 is to 100, or, after one more transformation, like 1 to 4, i.e., `A`

is four times smaller than `B`

. This is what the percentage calculator teaches; what is a percentage and how to find a percentage of two numbers. It is essential and practical knowledge. Why? Let's say that `B`

represents the mass of a human body or the mass of some air. Then, by denoting `A`

as a mass of water, we can find out what is the total body water percentage or relative humidity (the dew point calculator is a great tool to calculate it).

How to find a percentage of something? It's easiest to explain what is the percentage with cookies. It is surprising how often cookies save the day, right? Say we have a big drawer with 100 compartments (a 10 x 10 grid). Every compartment is one hundredth or 1% of the whole drawer. We then fill this drawer with cookies in a way that gives us exactly **the same number of cookies** in each compartment.

At first, let's start with the most straightforward example with **100 cookies**. How to get the percentage of several, let's say, five cookies? It's easy: every compartment gets exactly one cookie. So **one percent of 100 is one cookie**, and five percent is five cookies.

Let's go with something a bit harder and four times more delicious: **400 cookies**! We're dividing them evenly, and every compartment gets four cookies. Cookies look smaller, but in our imagination, they are the same, just the drawer is much bigger! **One percent of 400 is 4**. How about 15 percent? It's 15 compartments times four cookies - 60 cookies. Our tummies start to ache a little, but it has never stopped us from eating more cookies!

Now, something even harder - **250 cookies**. Oh-oh, we divided up the first 200 cookies, placing two in every compartment. Now we are left with 50 cookies that need to be spread evenly, hmmm, it's half a cookie in every box. How to calculate the percentage? You are right - this time, **1 percent of the total number of 250 cookies is 2.5**. How many do we have in 15 boxes? 2.5 * 15 is 37.5.

So what is percentage good for? As we wrote earlier, a percentage is a way to express a ratio. Say you are taking a graded exam. If we told you that you got 123 points, it really would not tell you anything. **123 out of what?** Now, if we told you that you got **82%**, this figure is more understandable information. Even if we told you, you got 123 out of 150; it's harder to feel how well you did. A week earlier, there was another exam, and you scored 195 of 250, or 78%. While it's hard to compare 128 of 150 to 195 of 250, it's easy to tell that 82% score is better than 78%. Isn't the percent sign helpful? After all, **it's the percentage that counts**!

What about decimal fractions and percentages? **Percentages can easily be converted to decimals.** Just divide the percentage by 100, and you are set. 15% is the same as 0.15. So as we have shown before, 0.15 of 250 cookies is thirty-seven and a half.

Percentages are sometimes better at expressing various quantities than decimal fractions in chemistry or physics. For example, it is much convenient to say that percentage concentration of a specific substance is 15.7% than that there are 18.66 grams of substance in 118.66 grams of solution (like in an example in percentage concentration calculator). Another example is efficiency (or its special case - Carnot efficiency). Is it better to say that a car engine works with an efficiency of 20% or that it produces an energy output of 0.2 kWh from the input energy of 1 kWh? What do you think? We are sure that you're already well aware that knowing how to get a percentage of a number is a valuable ability.

## How to find the percentage of a number? - Other examples

While it's certainly quick and painless just to use our percentage calculator, you don't always have access to a computer or a smartphone. Also, it's just plain cool to be able to perform calculations in your head. Maybe not as cool as juggling flaming torches, but close.

The percentage tells you how number `A`

relates to number `B`

. A real-world example could be: there are two girls in a group of five children. What's the percentage of girls? In other words, we want to know what's the ratio of girls to all children. It's 2 out of 5, or 2/5. We call the first number (2) a **numerator** and the second number (5) a **denominator** because this is a fraction. To calculate the percentage, multiply this fraction by 100 and add a percent sign. `100 * numerator / denominator = percentage`

. In our example it's `100 * 2/5 = 100 * 0.4 = 40`

. Forty percent of the group are girls. That's the entire procedure of converting between decimal fractions and percentages. Speaking of decimal fractions, there is a way to write very big or very small numbers concisely. Check it out with our scientific notation calculator!

Do you have problems with simplifying fractions? The best way to solve this is by finding the GCF (Greatest Common Factor) of the numerator and denominator and divide both of them by GCF. You might find our GCF and LCM calculator to be convenient here. It searches all the factors of both numbers and then shows the greatest common one. As the name suggests, it also estimates the LCM which stands for the Least Common Multiple.

Let's go the other way around and try to **find the numerator**. Say we know that 70 percent of fruits in the basket are apples, and there are 30 fruits altogether. It could be worse - they could be lemons. So how many apples do we have? Let's get our percentage formula: `100 * numerator / denominator = percentage`

. We want to find out the numerator. Let's move all the other parts of the equation to the other side. Divide both sides by 100 (to get rid of 100 on the left) and then multiply both sides by the denominator. This is what we get: `numerator = percentage * denominator / 100`

. Let's substitute percentage and denominator with our values: `numerator = 70 * 30 / 100`

. Now it's easy: `numerator = 2100 / 100 = 21`

, we have 21 apples. Should be enough for lunch or a rather violent food fight.

Now let's solve a problem with an **unknown denominator**. We spent 30 percent of our pocket money on bubble gum (we never said we're great investors). We bought 12 sticks for $1 each. So we know that $12 was 30 percent of our total budget. How much money did we have before we almost literally blew it all away? Let's start with our formula: `100 * numerator / denominator = percentage`

or `100 * 12 / denominator = 30`

. This time we want to find out the denominator. Let's multiply both sides by the denominator and then divide by percentage. This way, we'll get `100 * 12 / 30 = denominator`

. And the other way around, `denominator = 100 * 12 / 30 = 1200 / 30 = 40`

. We had 40 dollars, and we spent 30 percent, or $12, on bubble gum. Totally worth it.

## How to calculate the percentage? What's the percentage formula?

Staying with our cookie examples, let's name the three parts in our equation: the **percentage** of cookies - 40%, the **whole** pack of cookies - 20 and the **part** of the pack of cookies - 8. Depending on what you want to estimate, you can write three various percentage formulas:

- the equation for percentage is this:
`percentage = 100 * part / whole`

, and it answers the question "what percentage of 20 is 8". - the formula for a part is:
`part = whole * percentage / 100`

, and it answers "what is 40% of 20?". - and finally, the formula for a whole is:
`whole = 100 * part / percentage`

, and it says "what is 100% if 8 is 40%?".

That's technically all. You should now know how to find the percentage of a number.

Believe it or not, but knowing how to calculate percentages is essential in sports. Are you supporting any sports team? We've got some exciting tools for you which involve percentages. Check our winning percentage calculator to see how good the last season really was for your favorite team. Also, if you're planning to bet on your team (or make any other investment), visit the risk calculator to find out which option is safer.

## History of percentage - the percent sign

Although Ancient Romans used Roman numerals *I*, *V*, *X*, *L*, and so on, calculations were often performed in fractions that were divided by 100. It was equivalent to the computing of percentages that we know today. Computations with a denominator of 100 became more standard after the introduction of the decimal system. Many medieval arithmetic texts applied this method to describe finances, e.g., interest rates. However, the percent sign % we know today only became popular a little while ago, in the 20th century, after years of constant evolution.

The term percent is often attributed to Latin *per centum*, which means *by a hundred*. Actually, it is wrong. We got the term from Italian *per cento* - *for a hundred*. The percent sign % evolved by the gradual contraction of those words over centuries. Eventually, *cento* has taken the shape of two circles separated by a horizontal line, from which the modern % symbol is derived. The history of mathematical symbols is sometimes astonishing. We encourage you to take a look at the origin of the square root symbol!

Recently, the percent symbol is widely used in programming languages as an operator. Usually, it stands for the modulo operation. On the other hand, in experimental physics, the symbol % has a special meaning. It is used to express the relative error between the true value and the observed value found in a measurement. To know more about relative error you can check our percent error calculator.

Have you ever met a percent symbol that had an additional circle? That's not a mistake! There are two related signs:

- ‰ -
**per mille**- per thousand, - ‱ -
**per myriad**- per ten thousand (also known as a basis point),

Later in the text, we explain in more detail what per mille means, what is a basis point and how to convert per milles and basis points to percents.

Higher proportions use other notation (called parts-per notation), e.g., parts-per-million (PPM) which is frequently used to measure the concentration of a substance in solution or mixture. Of current concern is smog, the tiny particulate matter that enters the air and can seriously affect someone's health. Visit our smog calculator to see how many cigarettes do you "smoke" just by inhaling air and how can you counteract the spread of pollutions.

## Spelling - percent or per cent?

Percent or per cent? It depends on your diet. If you eat hamburgers for the majority of your meals, it is percent. If you prefer fish and chips, it is per cent. If you spray your fish-smelling chips with vinegar, then it is per cent, mate (as opposed to burger eaters' percent, dude). When it comes to percentage, both sides of the pond are in agreement: it should be a single word. Still confused? **Americans say percent, British use per cent.** Something tells us that American English is more popular nowadays, so this website uses a single-word form.

## What is per mille? What is a basis point?

**Per mille**, **per mil**, **per mill**, or simply **‰** is similar to percent, only it is one thousandth (`1/1000`

or `0.001`

). If our household's budget is $2400 and we allocated 1 per mille of that to buying chewing gum, we would spend 2.4 dollars (2 dollars 40 cents) on annoying our teachers (well, 20 years ago it was not allowed in Polish schools. We do not know the rules nowadays 😃). It's pretty similar to how you find percentages. If you wanted to use percentage calculator to count per mille, simply **use numbers 10x lower** (0.2 instead of 2, 4 instead of 40).

**Per myriad**, **basis point** or just **‱** is one ten-thousandth(`1/10000`

or `0.0001`

). It's 10x smaller than per mille, so to convert basis points to percents, you need to **divide them by 100**. It's that simple!

## Percentage points (percent points)

Percentage points (or percent points) are a rather tricky beast. We use it all the time even if we don't know it - and in these situations, **we often incorrectly say percent instead of a percentage point**. Once you read this section, you will know how to do it properly and be annoyed for the rest of your life (because other people will keep making the mistake). We can already say that percentage points play an essential role in statistics, e.g., in the normal distribution, binomial distribution, or to find the confidence interval for a sample of data (confidence level is usually at 95 percentage points).

Senator Homer Simpson was polling at 10% last month. He had a few successful debates since then, and now 12% of the population wants to vote for him. What's the change? You want to say 2%, are we right? It's wrong! Let's examine this. Imagine the whole population is 1000 people. 10% of them is 100. 12% is 120. What's the percentage increase? It's `100 * 20 / 100 = 20%`

!

This situation is when percentage points come in handy. We use percentage points when we want to talk about a change from one percentage to another. **A change from 10% to 12% is two percentage points** (or 20 percent).

Another way to think about a difference in a percentage change:

**percentage points change**is that percentage change in relation to the previous value (10% in our example and one percent of that is one-hundredth of 10% = 0.1%),**change in percentage points**is in relation to the whole part (whole is the entire population or 1000 in our example. 1% of that is 10). To calculate percentage points,**simply subtract one percentage from another**. 30% is 20 percentage points higher than 10%. The percentage point can be abbreviated as pp.

Now, when you know everything about percentage points, we guarantee that you will read or hear other people incorrectly saying percent when they should be using percentage points. If you're anything like us, you will scream at the newspaper, insulting it in some made-up language. This reaction helps to free up space around you when you're using public transportation :-)

## FAQ

### What is the percentage?

The percentage can be defined as the dimensionless ratio of two numbers. It can be used to compare two numbers and find out how much one is more than the other or compare the two numbers against a common scale.

### How do I calculate x percent of y?

To calculate x percent of y:

- Divide x by 100.
- Multiply x by y.

The resultant number is x% of y.

### How much percent of x is y?

To find out x in terms of y:

- Divide x by y.
- Multiply the resultant number by 100.

The product, p% of y is equal to x.

### How much is 60% of 1260?

60% of 1260 is equal to 60/100 * 1260 = 756

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## FAQs

### How do I calculate a percentage? ›

To determine the percentage, we have to **divide the value by the total value and then multiply the resultant by 100**.

**How do I calculate a percentage between two numbers? ›**

**What Is Meant by Percentage Difference?**

- Take the difference between the two values.
- Find the average of two values.
- Divide the difference value by the average value.
- Multiply the obtained solution by 100 to get the percentage (%).

**How do I find 20%? ›**

As finding 10% of a number means to divide by 10, it is common to think that to find 20% of a number you should divide by 20 etc. Remember, to find 10% of a number means dividing by 10 because 10 goes into 100 ten times. Therefore, to find 20% of a number, **divide by 5 because 20 goes into 100 five times**.

**How do I calculate 3% of a number? ›**

Example 2.

Find 3% of $4,000. **First write it as 0.03 × $4,000.** **Then multiply 3 × $4,000 = $12,000.** **Lastly put the decimal point where it gives the answer two decimal digits: $120.00**.

**How do you find 15 percent of a number? ›**

First, convert the 15% to an actual number that can be used in a calculation. For percents,this is always done by simply **dividing the percent (in this case 15%) by 100%**. So, the conversational term "15%" becomes 15% / 100% = 0.15 in terms of a real mathematical number. 0.15 x $152.00=$22.80.

**How do you work out 40% of 80? ›**

Answer: 40% of 80 is **32**.

**How do I calculate the difference between two numbers? ›**

**To find the difference between two numbers, subtract the smaller number from the larger number.**

- To find the difference between two numbers, subtract the smaller number from the larger number.
- 5 – 3 = 2 and so, the difference between 5 and 3 is 2.

**How do you work out percentage of a number without a calculator? ›**

To find a percentage of an amount we can **divide by 100, to find 1% and then multiply to find the required percentage**.

**How do you find 1% of a number? ›**

To find 1% of something (1/100 of something), **divide by 100**. Remember how to divide by 100 mentally: Just move the decimal point two places to the left. For example, 1% of 540 is 5.4. And 1% of 8.30 is 0.083.

**What is 15 percent out of 20? ›**

Answer: 15% of 20 is **3**.

Let's find 15% of 20.

### How much of a tip is 15%? ›

As an example of this method, if the bill is $23.78, round it up to $24. Ten percent of that is $2.40, found by moving the decimal point one place left. If you want to tip 15%, then the total tip amount would be **$2.40 plus half of that again ($1.20), which is $3.60**.

**What is the of 9 out of 20? ›**

Solution: 9/20 as a percent is **45%**

**What is 70 percent out of 100? ›**

For the USA grading system, a value of 70.00% corresponds to the letter mark **C-**. To get a quick percentage and letter grade, use Aspose Grade Calculator.

**What is 3 percent out of 100? ›**

Answer: 3% of 100 is **3**.

**How do you find 40% of a number? ›**

You get 40 percent of a number by **multiplying it by .** **40** or the fractional equivalent, 2/5. So, 40 percent of 20 is 8. 40 percent of 30 is 12.

**How do you find 15% of $60? ›**

Answer: 15% of 60 is **9**.

**What is 15% out of a 100? ›**

Answer: 15% of 100 is **15**.

**What is 40% out of 25? ›**

Answer: 40% of 25 is **10**.

**How do you find 30% of 90? ›**

Answer: 30% of 90 is **27**.

**What is 20% out of 45? ›**

Answer: 20% of 45 is **9**.

### How do you find the percentage of increase or decrease? ›

Finding the Increase and Decrease

The steps to calculate percentage change are: **Find the difference between the original and new values.** Divide the difference by the original value. Multiply the resulting quotient by 100.

**How do you calculate percent change in price? ›**

Key Takeaways

Calculate percent change by **subtracting the original price from the new price, divide that number by the original price, and then multiply by 100**.

**How do you find 10% of a number? ›**

To find out what percent 10 is of 100, your formula would look like: **X = 100 / 10**. You could also use this formula: X = . 10 x 100. Make the calculation.

**What number is 60% of 25? ›**

Answer: 60% of 25 is **15**.

Let's find 60% of 25.

**What is 3 as a percentage of 12? ›**

First, you need to calculate your grade in percentages. The total answers count 12 - it's 100%, so we to get a 1% value, divide 12 by 100 to get 0.12. Next, calculate the percentage of 3: divide 3 by 1% value (0.12), and you get **25.00%** - it's your percentage grade.

**What is 7% out of 20? ›**

Solution: 7/20 as a percent is **35%**

**What is 25 percent out of 50? ›**

Answer: 25% of 50 is **25/2** or 12½ as a fraction and 12.5 as a decimal.

**What will be the 20% of 50? ›**

Answer: 20 percent of 50 is **10**.

Let's find 20 percent of 50.

**How do you calculate tip easily? ›**

Determine the pre-tax total of your bill. **Move the decimal space over to the left by one to get 10% of the bill**. For example, if your bill total is $37.50, you would move the decimal over one space to the left to get $3.75. This means that $3.75 is 10% of $37.50.

**How much do you tip a hairdresser on $200? ›**

$50 service = $10 tip. $100 service = $20 tip. $150 service = $30 tip. $200 service = **$40 tip**.

### What is a 20 tip on $100? ›

Bill: | $100.00 |
---|---|

Tip: | $20.00 |

Total: | $120.00 |

**What is 29 out of 40 as a percentage? ›**

Solution: 29/40 as a percent is **72.5%**

**What number is 80% out of 20? ›**

Answer: 80% of 20 is **16**.

Let's find 80% of 20.

**What will be the 20% of 200? ›**

Answer: 20% of 200 is **40**.

Let's find 20% of 200.

**How do you find 30% of 50? ›**

Answer: 30% of 50 is **15**.

**What is 30 percent out of 100? ›**

Answer: 30% of 100 is **30**.

**What grade is 90% out of 100%? ›**

**A+** (90% and above): Outstanding work that demonstrates independent thought and critical reflection and has an excellent research question as well as systematic and persuasive answers to this question.

**What is 25% out of 200? ›**

Answer: 25% of 200 is **50**.

**What is 15 percent out of 40? ›**

Answer: 15% of 40 is **6**.

**How do you work out 5% of 50? ›**

Answer: 5% of 50 is **5/2 or 2½ as a fraction and 2.5 as a decimal**.

### What is percent 2 of 15? ›

Solution: 2/15 as a percent is **13.333%**

**What is .5 of 500? ›**

Hence 5% of 500 is **25**.

**How do you find 10 percent of a number? ›**

To find 10% of an amount we simply **divide it by 10 or move the decimal point to the left one place**. For example, 10% of 60 is 6 and 10% of 185 is 18.5.

**How do you find 5 percent of a number? ›**

5 percent is one half of 10 percent. To calculate 5 percent of a number, simply **divide 10 percent of the number by 2**. For example, 5 percent of 230 is 23 divided by 2, or 11.5.

**What is the percentage of 10% of 100? ›**

**10%** of 100 is 10.

**How do you find 40 percent of a number? ›**

You get 40 percent of a number by **multiplying it by .** **40** or the fractional equivalent, 2/5. So, 40 percent of 20 is 8. 40 percent of 30 is 12.

**What number is 5% of 50? ›**

Answer: 5% of 50 is **5/2** or 2½ as a fraction and 2.5 as a decimal.

**How do you find 70% of a number? ›**

To find a multiple of 10%, like 30% or 70% of a number, just divide by 10 and multiply by the numbers of tens you have. To find 30%, you divide by 10 and multiply by 3. To find 70%, **divide by 10 and multiply by 7**.

**How do you work out 5% of 40? ›**

5 percent of 40 is 2.

Once we know the value of 1% of 40, we just have to **multiply this by 5** to get the value of 5% of 40.

**What is the percent change from 25 to 40? ›**

Last, figure out if the percent change is an increase or a decrease. Since the value went from 25 up to 40, it is a percent increase. So, the percent change from 25 to 40 is a **60% increase**!

### What is the percentage increase of 120 to 150? ›

So our new value is 120 and our old value is 150. This shows a percent change of **-20%**. Let's take a look at what's different about this percent change problem. Notice that the new value is less than the old value, so the numerator is a negative number.

**How do you calculate percentage increase and decrease? ›**

Finding the Increase and Decrease

The steps to calculate percentage change are: **Find the difference between the original and new values.** Divide the difference by the original value. Multiply the resulting quotient by 100.