Bitcoin active addresses at 5-year low while BTC price is 10x higher

Price (BTC) + Active Addresses 30d (BTC). Source: Sanbase Pro / Vini Barbosa

The Bitcoin network activity has dropped to lows previously seen in February 2019, five years ago. At that time, BTC was trading at $6,380 – ten times lower than its current price of $63,800.

Vini Barbosa retrieved data from Santiment' SanBase Pro on May 15, which shows a 5-year low count for Bitcoin’s 30-day active addresses. Essentially, this metric looks at the number of distinct addresses participating in a transaction in the last 30 days. Each address is counted only once for the window and represents the overall network activity in a given period.

Notably, the Bitcoin network registered 12.64 million active addresses in this window, a count previously seen in February 2019. BTC was trading at the $6,380 price level with massive volatility in the final phases of a bear market.

Why does Bitcoin network activity matter?

There are a few possible insights to get from Bitcoin’s network activity, not necessarily related to price action. Nevertheless, the above chart suggests a direct correlation between the 30-day count of active addresses and the BTC price.

Overall, higher network activity indicates a higher demand from unique peers to use Bitcoin for value transfer. Satoshi Nakamoto described Bitcoin as a “peer-to-peer electronic cash system.” Thus, higher demand for that use could suggest the tool is delivering its promise and attracting new users for that.

Conversely, a lower network activity at surging prices could raise doubts about where Bitcoin’s market demand is coming from. Moreover, it could put this demand’s health in check if it comes mostly from derivatives speculation rather than organic use.

From another perspective, lower network activity means fewer addresses have withdrawn and deposited from and to crypto exchanges. Usually, increased withdrawals mean Bitcoin investors are buying, while increased deposits mean higher selling activity—both of which affect price.

*Story originally posted on Finbold.

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