The United States is the world’s most “crypto-ready” country, according to new research published by crypto education platform Crypto Head.
Crypto Head’s 2021 Crypto Ready Index considered the number of crypto ATMs in each country and their accessibility, the legality of crypto and whether banks can use it, and the number of online searches for crypto-related terms in calculating a “crypto-ready” index for 200 countries and territories.
The United States ranked first, with a crypto-ready score of 7.13 out of 10. Cyprus ranked second and Singapore third, both scoring under 6.50. To be sure, the study is limited in scope, failing to touch on a number of factors that could shape a country’s readiness for wider-spread usage of cryptocurrencies, including its tax laws and wider regulatory environment.
According to data collected by Crypto Head, the U.S. has 17,436 crypto ATMs – nearly 16,000 more than the second-ranked country in this category, Canada. That number is growing rapidly in the U.S. as bitcoin ATM companies like Coin Cloud rapidly expand installations nationwide. The rise underscores bitcoin’s increasing popularity as a means of payment.