What Is UShort Data Type?


Scott Campbell

The ushort data type in C# is used to represent unsigned integers that range from 0 to 65,535. It stands for “unsigned short” and is a 16-bit data type. Similar to other numeric data types, ushort can be used to store whole numbers without fractional parts.

Declaring and Initializing a ushort Variable

To declare a variable of ushort type, you can use the following syntax:

    ushort myNumber;

To initialize the variable with a value, you can assign it during declaration or at a later point:

    // Declaration and initialization
    ushort myNumber = 25000;

    // Later assignment
    myNumber = 50000;

Range of Values

As mentioned earlier, ushort can store values ranging from 0 to 65,535. Trying to assign a value outside this range will result in a compilation error.


    ushort number1 = 10000;
    ushort number2 = 70000; // Compilation error: Value out of range

Usage of Ushort Data Type

The ushort data type is commonly used when you need to work with non-negative whole numbers within the specified range. Some common scenarios where ushort may be used include:

  • Unsigned Integers: When you want to store non-negative integers and require the additional storage capacity offered by the ushort data type.
  • Data Conversion: When converting data from another source that provides values within the range supported by ushort.
  • Array Indexing: When you need to access elements in an array using ushort values as indices.

It’s important to note that ushort is not commonly used in situations where negative numbers or fractional parts are required. In such cases, other data types like int or float should be used instead.


The ushort data type is a useful tool for handling non-negative whole numbers within the range of 0 to 65,535. By understanding its usage and limitations, you can make informed decisions when selecting the appropriate data type for your programming needs.

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