Wikipedia:Featured article statistics
This page is dedicated to gathering statistics about featured articles, featured article candidates, and related content-review statistics. There are currently 5911 featured articles, and the current percentage of Wikipedia articles that are featured articles is 0.0944%.
Note: Some of the numbers linked to by the historical version do not match the numbers on this page. In such cases, the numbers on this page are correct.
A The discrepancy between articles promoted and demoted in August 2016 is due to Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering being merged into Penn State College of Engineering per Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, thus decremented the FA count by 1 without a FAR-generated demotion.
B The unusually large increase in the number of articles in March 2015 was caused by a maintenance script running for the first time on 29 March. The purpose of the maintenance script was to correct the automatically updated count, which was missing roughly 95,000 articles. Since the maintenance script will run on the 29th of each month from now on, the reported count should stay much closer to the true count. See note for more information.
C The month-end total FAs listed for March 2013 through October 2014 do not match the number listed in this table because of two errors   that were found and corrected in November 2014. The numbers in this table are audited and correct; the numbers in the linked diffs at month-end were incorrect.
Growth of featured articles by year. The totals below reflect the total number of FA promotions and demotions from 1 January 2004 to 31 December 2020.
A Gross total refers to the number of article promotions from 1 January 2004 to 31 December 2020 (including duplicates) minus the number of article demotions from 1 January 2004 to 31 December 2020.
B Net total refers to the number of unique articles promoted from 1 January 2004 to 31 December 2020 (deleting duplicates) minus the number of unique articles demoted from 1 January 2004 to 31 December 2020 (also deleting duplicates). Duplicates refers to articles that have been promoted, demoted, and then promoted again. These articles should only count once for being promoted and do not count as demoted articles, since they are currently FAs. As of 31 December 2020, there were [64 such articles].
C Adjusted total refers to the number of unique articles promoted from 1 January 2004 to 31 December 2020 (6,913) plus the 259 existing FAs at the beginning of January 2004 minus the number of unique articles demoted from 1 January 2004 to 31 December 2020 (1,262). This number should be equal to the number of FAs on 31 December 2020 (5,899), but is slightly higher (5,910).