**Comparing 4-Digit Numbers: How to Find the Greater Number**

Hello, math explorers! Today, we’re going to learn how to compare **4-digit numbers** to find out which one is **greater**. Whether you’re comparing scores, distances, or even the number of stars you can count in the sky, knowing how to compare numbers will come in handy!

Let’s dive right in and discover how to find the bigger number!

#### Step 1: Look at the Thousands Place

When comparing **4-digit numbers**, the first thing you do is check the **thousands place**. This is the digit that comes first, all the way to the left. The number with the larger digit in the thousands place will be the greater number.

For example, let’s compare **4523** and **5621**:

**4523**has a**4**in the thousands place.**5621**has a**5**in the thousands place.

Since 5 is greater than 4, we already know that **5621** is greater than **4523**.

We can write it like this:

**4523 < 5621**

#### Step 2: What If the Thousands Place Is the Same?

Sometimes, the digits in the thousands place are the same. When this happens, we move to the **hundreds place** and compare those digits.

Let’s compare **6734** and **6798**:

**6734**has a**6**in the thousands place, and so does**6798**.- Now, we look at the hundreds place.

**6734**has a**7**in the hundreds place, and**6798**also has a**7**in the hundreds place.

Both the thousands and hundreds places are the same, so we move to the **tens place**.

#### Step 3: Compare the Tens Place

If the thousands and hundreds digits are the same, we check the **tens place**.

In our example, **6734** and **6798**:

**6734**has a**3**in the tens place.**6798**has a**9**in the tens place.

Since **9** is greater than **3**, we can say that **6798 is greater than 6734**.

#### Step 4: What If the Tens Place Is Also the Same?

Sometimes, we have to go all the way to the **ones place** to find out which number is larger. Let’s compare **4876** and **4879**:

- The thousands place: both numbers have
**4**. - The hundreds place: both numbers have
**8**. - The tens place: both numbers have
**7**.

Finally, we check the **ones place**:

**4876**has a**6**in the ones place.**4879**has a**9**in the ones place.

Since **9** is greater than **6**, we can now say that **4879 is greater than 4876**.

#### The Final Answer

When comparing 4-digit numbers, you always start by looking at the **leftmost digit** (thousands place) and work your way to the right. The first place where the digits are different will tell you which number is greater.

Here’s a quick recap:

**Start with the thousands place.****If the thousands place is the same, check the hundreds place.****If the hundreds place is the same, check the tens place.****If the tens place is the same, compare the ones place.**