From the Wikimedia Blog:
After almost fifteen years of providing the world with collaborative free knowledge, the English Wikipedia today surpassed five million articles.
The milestone was reached with an article on the persoonia terminalis, a shrub of the family Proteaceae native to eastern Australia. It was created by Cas Liber, an Australian editor with more than 140,000 edits to his name, who has already created almost 1,500 articles on the English Wikipedia. We’re reaching out for a comment from Cas, and will update when we hear back.
The community has written a statement on the milestone, urging potential editors to help improve the many articles which still need improvement and expansion among the five million now available on the site.
Wikipedia has grown quickly after its launch on January 15, 2001, and by November of that year, the first iteration of its iconic main page was published. The English Wikipedia’s two-millionth article appeared in 2007.
Resources: Selection of Wikipedia Statistical Data Resources
- Wikipedia Statistics (by Language, Platform Usage, Article Count, etc.)
- Wikipedia Statistics By Topic