PowerShell Count Character in String variable

This is the easy way — $var.length

$characters = "abcdefg"
#store the number count in $x 
$x= $characters.length
write-host $characters.length  $x  
 PS C:\scripts\powershell>  
 7 7

Below is the hard way

$characters = "abcdefg" 

$charCount =    ($characters.ToCharArray() | Where-Object {$_} | Measure-Object).Count
PS C:\scripts\powershell 
PowerShell Character Count  -

PowerShell Character Count –

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