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How Many People Were on the Titanic? Numbers Breakdown

Exact numbers of those traveling on the Titanic is not known, but the official total of all passengers and crew is 2,229. The number of survivors varies from 701-713.

The table below features a detailed breakdown of passengers in each class and the crew, and the number who survived. It is compiled from the most widely used figures for passengers and crew. The numbers are for passengers in first, second, and third class.

1st Class On Board 1st Class Survived 2nd Class On Board 2nd Class Survived 3rd Class On Board 3rd Class Survived Crew On Board Crew Survived
Men 175 57 168 14 462 75
Women 144 140 93 80 165 76 23
Children 6 5 24 24 79 27
Total 325 202 285 118 706 178 913 215
Total Passengers = 1316 Total Crew = 913
Total Survived = 498 Total Survived = 215
Total On Board Titanic = 2229
Total Survivors = 713
Many are taught that in the sinking of the Titantic, third-class passengers were locked into flooding passages so as to preserve lifeboats for the first class, most famously in James Cameron’s depiction of the Titanic sinking in film. Dramatic embellishment certainly occurred, but the fact remains that first-class passengers were more likely to survive than second or third-class passengers.
In terms of a percentage breakdown of number of survivors based on their class, here are the relevant statistics.
  • 37 percent of all passengers survived
  • 61 percent of first-class passengers survived
  • 42 percent of second-class passengers survived
  • 24 percent of third-class passenger survived

This article is part of our larger selection of posts about the Titanic. To learn more, click here for our comprehensive guide to the Titanic.


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