Wikipedia and a few other websites that are owned by the Wikimedia Foundation have over 500 million unique monthly visitors. The list of websites includes Wikibooks, Wikidata and Wikimedia Commons.
According to comScore Media Metrix, the number of unique visitors across these sites increased to 517 million last month, while the previous record was set at 492 million in May 2012.
The growth reflects not only that there are more unique visitors, but that their browsing pattern is shifting slightly. Now, they spend more time exploring the vast collection of information stored on Wikipedia. The monthly page requests have increased to 21.3 billion over the last year, from 17.1 billion the year before.
Since the Internet access grows in developing and emerging markets, more users visit the Wikimedia Foundation sites. For instance, the traffic from India increased from 4 percent to 4.8%, while in Brazil it climbed from 3.6 to 5.9 percent.
“The idea of enabling every single human being to freely share in the sum of all knowledge is still as audacious as ever,” said Sue Gardner, executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation, in a blog post. She continues by saying that the goal looks achievable.