Ranking The Top Smart Contract Chains | Wallets, Transactions, Fees and Contracts | July 2024

in LeoFinance14 days ago

The competition for smart contract chains is higher than ever! It seems that every few days we are getting some new Ethereum L2 scaling solution based on a “revolutionary” technology. Even Bitcoin is now getting smart contracts. The noise is extreme in the sector! This shows that the smart contract market obviously has a high value, and big players are competing for it.

In the last bull run in 2021 there was an explosion in the smart contracts platforms. More and more kept coming online and a lot of them did well. A lot of them are EVM (Ethereum Virtual Machine) compatible and users can switch between them using the same wallet as Metamask. Some are unique and have their own wallets like Solana, Cardano etc. When we thought we have enough, there is now x10 more 😊.

Let’s see how things are standing during the current market conditions.


We will be looking at:

  • Number of Addresses
  • Active Addresses
  • Daily Transactions
  • Fees
  • Contracts

The period that we will be looking is the latest data from September 2023.

We will be looking into the following blockchains:

  • Ethereum
  • Polygon
  • Solana
  • BSC
  • Cardano
  • Avalanche
  • Optimism
  • Arbitrum
  • Base
  • Fantom

I have added three new chains, all L2 on Ethereum. Optimism, Arbitrum and Base. This have now gain some recognition. Furthermore, there are now chains like Aptos, Injective, Selestia, Sui, Sei. The Cosmos ecosystem as well. As said, there is no shortage of smart contract chains these days. Even with these more are on the way: Scroll, Linea, zkSync, Manta, Polygon ZK, etc.

The data for the chains will be extracted from their blockexplorers or some other data providers.

Number of Addresses

One of the key metrics for crypto projects is the number of wallets.
Here is the chart.


The round up numbers look like this:

In the past Ethereum dominated this chart, but that is no longer the case.
Ethereum is now in the third position in number of unique wallets. The Binance Smart Chain is in the first spot, closely followed by Polygon. Both of these are around the 450M mark. Ethereum has 275M wallets. We can notice the other L2 ETH chains here as well, Optimism with 100M wallets already, while the Coinbase, Base chain is at 90M.

Note that the Solana data is approximate.

Obviously BSC and Polygon have grown faster than Ethereum in this metric and have outperformed it in terms of wallets.
One thing to note about these types of wallets is that they are free and there is no cost for creating a wallet, like for example on Hive. Because of this there can be a lot of wallets created and even spammed.

Active Addresses

What’s more interesting in times like this is how many wallets are transacting. How many of those addresses are actually active?


Averages from the last days.

The round up numbers look like this:

ChainActive wallets

Solana is on the top here with 1.6M DAUs.
Next are Polygon and BSC, both with more than one million DAUs.

Daily Transactions

The activity on the networks is mostly represented by the number of daily transactions. Here is the chart.


The round up numbers look like this:

ChainDaily Transactions

Solana is holding the number one spot by far here. It has around 30M daily tx in the recent period. That is what the blockchain is known for. Its speed.
Polygon is now in the second spot, closely outpacing BSC, that was holding the second positions up to recently.

When looking at the transactions, the cost of them should be kept in mind. Solana has the lowest fees per tx and is on top. In the case of BSC and Polygon it is interesting that Polygon is cheaper than BSC, but BSC still outperforms Polygon in the number of transactions. We can see that Arbitrum is ranking just after Ethereum here.

Ethereum is obviously the highest fees, and it comes lower in the ranks.


Fees are quite the unpopular topic and one of the main reasons for the new EVM chains, as users are trying to find a way to escape ETH high fees.

Here is the chart.


The fees here are in dollars.
While ETH is on the top here, these fees of half a dollar are nothing compared to the fees in the bull run. At times ETH fees were going up to 200$ per transaction especially if it was a smart contract transaction.
The other blockchains now have low fees, with surprisingly Optimism on the seconds, spot followed by Solana with 0.02 cents. In the past Solana was even cheaper with fees in the rank of 0.0001 cent. While 0.02 cents is still low, the fees have obviously increased on Solana a lot. This is probably due to its recent activities in meme coins etc.
The other chains have fees under one cent.


These three are smart contract platforms so here is the chart for verified contracts per day.


Note for Solana the data is for daily number of new tokens and NFTs.

Solana is leading by a lot here, since there is a ton of new tokens created daily there. Base is interesting on the second spot, obviously some nice activity there, and next is BSC.


At the end the most important metric the market cap.


When it comes to market cap Ethereum is dominating the market, followed by BSC and Solana. The other coins are much smaller.

One thing is for sure. The market for smart contracts has been very attractive and a lot of new chains have been created. But as of the industries, only a few will dominate it, while the others will be insignificant. The market cap for now separates Ethereum, Solana and BSC. Will these three continue to grow and eat all the rest it remains to be seen. Also, in crypto even if the projects don’t grow, killing them completely is a hard thing.

All the best


I remember 2021 and when there was a pull market the coins went up a lot and the smart people are there to take their profits both of these projects are very strong and we have seen their prices drop a lot. But now it has broken its all-time high, so this is a sign of a strong project.

I was a bit surprised to see BnB smart chain outperforming ETH in number of addresses. But Solana coming out on top for most daily transactions is expected due to the explosion of meme coins built on Solana and most of these meme coins are traded in extremely large volumes daily. ETH coming last is expected, most avoid it due to it its high fees.

Would have been interesting to know about BTC smart contracts, but nonetheless thanks for the insightful information.

Interesting data on active wallets vs total wallets brother . I believe it shows how BSC and Polygon might be attracting more speculative users than Ethereum. Definitely going to see how this turn out.

It’s looking like Solana will be having a strong competition with ETH very soon
They are being close on the charts

Solana is really coming up
I’m glad!

The only problem with all of the block chains is they all use different tokens. Cross-chain activity is still way behind.

Smart contract chains compete fiercely. Solana's speed shines, while BSC and Polygon lead in active addresses. Ethereum adapts. 🚀🌐

Scam dominates!!!

Wow, Solana is really leading the pack in activity and transactions. I wasn't able to get in when it was low, but it is difficult to know what will be successful. I have some assets in Polygon, so I'm hoping it still does well in the future.

It's a shame that we compare those chains while we are on the best chain that could adopt smart contract features at the lowest cost. I don't know what we missed or why we lost focus. Most core developments are focusing on fine-tuning the chain, but there's less focus on SMT (not what Steemit tried).

Let's hope we can adopt something soon and have ours listed in the same comparisons by 2025!


Solana is really performing quite well

It is interesting that ETH fees have got to $0.50. My plan is to move my ETH to exchanges. I hate to do that but I know I won't be able to move anything when stuff heats up.

Well I am so sure there will be a strong performance in years to come as it is just a matter of time