The first week back after the holidays, we will be looking at place value. We will be rounding numbers up to 1,000,000 to the nearest 10, 100, 1000, 10000 or 100000.

# Rounding numbers

Giving the complete number for something is sometimes unnecessary. For instance, the attendance at a football match might be **23745**. But for most people who want to know the attendance figure, an answer of ‘**nearly 24000**‘, or ‘**roughly 23700**‘, is fine.

We can round off large numbers like these to the nearest thousand, nearest hundred, nearest ten, nearest whole number, or any other specified number.

Round **23745** to the nearest thousand.

First, look at the digit in the thousands place. It is 3. This means the number lies between 23000 and 24000. Look at the digit to the right of the 3. It is 7. That means 23745 is closer to **24000** than 23000.