Numbers up to 6 Digits
Numbers up to 6 digits are natural numbers that have the place value till hundreds, thousands, or lakhs. Can you write the population of the state where you live in number form? How about writing down the price of your favorite car in the number form as well? When you buy a car or count a state's population you will look at six and sevendigit numbers. In this lesson, we will explore the world of numbers up to 6digits. We will walk through the Indian and International numbering systems for the numbers up to 6digits, see how to decompose them, clear misconceptions, and discover an interesting 6digit number.
1.  What are Numbers Up to 6Digits? 
2.  How to Decompose 6Digit Numbers? 
3.  Common Mistakes or Misconceptions 
4.  6Digit Numbers Place Value 
5.  FAQs on 6digit Numbers 
What are Numbers Up to 6Digits?
In the 6digit numbers, the highest place value is 1,00,000 which has a unique name in the Indian numeral system – a lakh. A lakh is 1 followed by 5 zeros and is the smallest possible 6digit number. It is essential to understand the Indian numbering system at this stage because from the next higher place value (or the next higher power of ten), the International numbering system would also be used, so the difference must be made clear.
There are three special numbers in the Indian numbering system – Lakh, Crore, and Arab.
 One lakh in numbers is written as 1,00,000.
 A crore is equal to a hundred lakhs and is expressed as 1,00,00,000
 An Arab is 100 crores and is expressed as 1,00,00,00,000
There is no particular name for a lakh in the International system, and it is simply referred to as a hundred thousand. Let's have a look at the International System.
Commas in 6Digit Numbers
As per the Indian numbering system, there would be two commas used in any sixdigit number. The first would demarcate the first three digits (from right) to show how many thousands there are, and the next would come after the first 5 digits from the right to show how many lakhs are there in the number. For example, you would write 372672 as 3,72,672 to mean that the number has 3 lakhs, 72 thousand, 6 hundred, 7 tens, and 2 ones.
How to Decompose 6Digit Numbers?
Decomposition of a 6digit number means to write that number with the help of its place value and face value. Like we said at the start, a 6digit number has place values up to a lakh. Given below are the names of the place values (starting from the right) in a 6digit number:
 Digit 1Units
 Digit 2Tens
 Digit 3Hundreds
 Digit 4Thousands
 Digit 5Ten Thousands
 Digit 6Lakhs
So let us take a random 6digit number like 2,31,273 (Indian System) and 231,273 (International System) and see how it gets decomposed.
Digit 1 Place Value = 3 × 1  3 
Digit 2 Place Value = 7 × 10  70 
Digit 3 Place Value = 2 × 100  200 
Digit 4 Place Value = 1 × 1000  1000 
Digit 5 Place Value = 3 × 10000  30000 
Digit 6 Place Value = 2 × 100000  200000 
Observe carefully its decomposition as per International Number System.
Expanded form is useful to split and present the higher digit number in its units, tens, hundreds, thousands form. Decomposition of numbers leads to writing or reading of numbers in an expanded form which further helps to better understand and rightly read the higher digit numbers. For 2,31,273 can be written in expanded form as 2,00,000 + 30,000 + 1,000 + 200 + 70 + 3.
The Significance of Zero in 6Digit Numbers
Any zero which does not have any nonzero number to its left does not count in the digits of the 6digit number. Take, for example, two 6digit numbers 023843 and 002305. In both these numbers, the 6^{th} number on the extreme left does not have any further non zero number to its left. Additionally, in 002305, the 5^{th} number from the right also does not have any further non zero number to its left. So for 002305, the two numbers on the left extreme are without any value. So the two numbers can actually be written as 23843 (which makes it a 5digit number) and 2305 (which makes it a 4digit number). On the other hand, with the addition of each zero to the right of any digit in the number, increase the value of that number, such as 238430 (which is a 6digit number) becomes 2384300, which is a 7digit number.
An interesting 6digit number
As you continue to explore your way around the exciting world of numbers, you will come across a number that usually is written using 6 digits (although shorter versions are also used). This number is called 'Pi' (pronounced as Pie) and is represented as 3.14159 and the Greek letter π. It is defined as the ratio between a circle’s circumference and its diameter. So, if the diameter is D, and circumference is C, then C = πD. In more simple terms, it is the ratio of the number 22 and the number 7. Although it is usually represented by six digits (and sometimes even smaller versions like 3.14 or 3.142), it is theoretically possible to have infinite digits in this number. Now we come to the interesting part. Instead of 22/7, let us consider 1/7. This number 1/7 is another cyclic number (it has infinite numbers after the decimal point), but we usually write it as 0.142857. Here are some amazing facts about 0.142857
 When you multiply these 6 digits 142857 by 7, you get 999999
 It is even more interesting to note that the same set of digits get repeated when you multiply 142857 by the numbers 1 through 6
 142857 × 2 = 285714
 142857 × 3 = 428571
 142857 × 4 = 571428
 142857 × 5 = 714285
 142857 × 6 = 857142
Common Mistakes or Misconceptions
Right from early grades, children face difficulties regarding the place value of digits in the given numbers and then they come across learning of the number system and conversions from one number system to another. Here children should build comfort writing the same number in both systems. Targeted practice helps. Given below are common mistakes and misconceptions.

Misconception: "One hundred thousand" and "one lakh" are two different numbers. So, 100,000 is written as “One hundred thousand” as per the International naming system but “One lakh” as per the Indian system.
 Children tend to make mistakes when placing commas in numbers of 6 or more digits. This once again happens because of two conventions  the Indian system and the International system.
Let's now understand how can we write a 6digit number in Indian as well as International System.
6Digit Numbers Place Value
The best way to learn to write 6digit numbers is to create a chart with all the place names listed. You must have observed that till tenthousand the naming convention is the same. But for 6 digits or higher the same number has two names. The choice of names does not change the value of the number. “One lakh” and “one hundred thousand” are equal (have the same value). Also, the given numbers can be represented in standard form, words, or in expanded form.
Tips and Tricks
 Tip: Remember the zeros for two large numbers and all other larger or smaller numbers can then be written with reference to these two numbers.
"one crore" is 1 followed by 7 zeros.
"1 million" is 1 followed by 6 zeros.
 Trick: If we want to round off say 4,63,859 to the nearest thousand then underline all digits that are in the lower place values (ones, tens, and hundreds, in this example). Then replace those digits with zero, while doing this check the highest place value we are replacing (hundreds place i.e 8 in this example). If that is 5 or higher, increase the thousands place by one. So the rounded off number will become 4,64,000.
Important Points
 100 lakhs make a crore.
 The greatest 6digit number is 9,99,999 which is read as nine lakh, ninetynine thousand, nine hundred and ninetynine.
 Interesting fact: On cheques, we write the amount in both ways (In digits as well as in words).Example: two lakh is written as Rs. 2,00,000 in the number space provided, and 'Rupees Two lakh only' is written as words in the line below.
Solved Examples

Example 1: Arrange the numbers: 5, 7, 2, 3, 9, and 8, to find the greatest 6digit number without repeating any digit, as per Indian System.
Solution:
For the greatest number, the digit in the lakhs place will be the greatest: 9. Now the other numbers will be arranged in descending order: 9,87,532Therefore, the greatest number is 9,87,532.

Example 2: How is the number 249132 indicated with commas and read in the Indian place value system and the International place value system?
Solution:
The Indian system separates these numbers by adding commas in this way: 2,49,132. This is read as Two lakh, fortynine thousand, one hundred and thirtytwo.
The International system separates these numbers by adding commas in this way: 2,49,132. This is read as Two hundred fortynine thousand, one hundred and thirtytwo. 
Example 3: Find the difference between the largest 6digit number and the smallest 4digit number and find its predecessor.
Solution:
The largest 6digit number is 9,99,999 and the smallest 4digit number is 1000. Their difference is: 9,99,999  1000 = 9,98,999. The predecessor of the difference is 9,98,998.
FAQs on Numbers Up to 6digits
What is a 6Digit Number?
A 6digit number is a number that has 6 digits, where the first digit should be 1 or greater than 1 and the rest of the digits can be any number between 09. It starts from one lakh (1,00,000) and goes up to Nine lakh, ninetynine thousand, nine hundred and ninetynine (9,99,999).
How Many 6Digit Numbers are there?
The smallest sixdigit number 100000 and the largest sixdigit number = 999999. In terms of AP(Arithmetic Progression), a = 100000, an = 999999, d =1, applying the formula an = a + (n – 1)d, 999999 = 100000 + (n – 1) × 1, gives n = 900000. Therefore, there are nine lakh (9,00,000) 6digit numbers in all.
How do you Write 6Digit Numbers in Words?
Let's take a 6digit number 5,46,783. According to the Indian place value system, it is written as Five lakh, fortysix thousand, seven hundred and eightythree.
What is the Smallest 6Digit Number?
The smallest 6digit number is 1,00,000
What is the Greatest 6Digit Number?
The greatest 6digit number is 9,99,999
What is the Sum of the Greatest and the Smallest 6Digit Numbers?
The smallest 6digit number is 1,00,000 and the greatest 6digit number is 9,99,999. Thus, the sum of the greatest and the smallest 6digit numbers is 1,00,000 + 9,99,999 = 10,99,999.
How do you Write a 6Digit Number in Expanded Form?
A 6digit number can be written in expanded form as per the place value of each of the digit in that number. For example, 6,78,912 = 6,00,000 + 70,000 + 8,000 + 900 + 10 + 2.
Do All 6 Digit Numbers have 6 Addends in their Expanded Form?
Not all 6digit numbers have 6 addends in their expanded form. For a 6digit number, including zero as one of the digit, such as 5,60,981 will have 5 addends in its expanded form: 5,00,000 + 60,000 + 900 + 80 + 1. Thus, 6digit numbers that have six different digits, not including zero, will have six addends in their expanded form.