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miles to kilometers
1 mi 1.6093 km
2 mi 3.2187 km
3 mi 4.828 km
4 mi 6.4374 km
5 mi 8.0467 km
6 mi 9.656 km
7 mi 11.2654 km
8 mi 12.8747 km
9 mi 14.4841 km
10 mi 16.0934 km
11 mi 17.7027 km
12 mi 19.3121 km
13 mi 20.9214 km
14 mi 22.5308 km
15 mi 24.1401 km
16 mi 25.7494 km
17 mi 27.3588 km
18 mi 28.9681 km
19 mi 30.5775 km
20 mi 32.1868 km

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1 mile (mi) = 1.60934 kilometer (km). Mile (mi) is a unit of Length used in Standard system. Kilometer (km) is a unit of Length used in Metric system.

Mile: A Unit of Length

The mile is a unit of length that is equal to 5,280 feet or 1,760 yards. It is based on the older English unit of length that was used before the adoption of the metric system. The mile is also a derived unit in the British imperial and US customary systems of measurement. The symbol for mile is mi or m.

The mile is most commonly used when expressing distances on land or in air travel. The mile is also used for measuring speed, such as miles per hour (mph). The mile is sometimes distinguished from other types of miles, such as the nautical mile or the geographical mile, by using the term statute mile.

In this article, we will explore the definition, history, usage and conversion of the mile as a unit of length.

Definition of the Mile

The mile is a unit of length that is equal to 5,280 feet or 1,760 yards. It is defined as 1,609.344 meters by international agreement in 1959. One foot is equal to 0.3048 meter and one yard is equal to 0.9144 meter.

The definition of the mile has changed over time, as different standards and methods of measurement were developed by various countries and organizations. The current definition of the mile as based on the meter was agreed upon by an international treaty in 1959.

History of the Mile

The origin of the mile as a unit of length can be traced back to ancient times, when it was used as a measure of distance based on the human pace. The word mile comes from the Latin word mille, which means thousand. It referred to the distance of one thousand paces, which was about 5,000 Roman feet or 1.48 kilometers.

The mile was adopted by other countries that followed the Roman system of measurement, such as England and France. It varied in length from country to country and from time to time, depending on local standards and methods of measurement.

The mile was standardized in England by an act of Parliament in 1593, which set it as a distance of 8 furlongs or 5,280 feet. A furlong was a measure of distance used for plowing fields and was equal to 660 feet or 40 rods. A rod was a measure of length used for surveying land and was equal to 16.5 feet or 5.5 yards.

The mile was adopted by other countries that followed the English system of measurement, such as the United States and Canada. It was also incorporated into the imperial system of measurement, which was established by an act of Parliament in 1824. The imperial system was based on seven base units that could be derived from natural and traditional units. The mile remained as a derived unit in the imperial system, but it was no longer recommended for use in scientific and technical fields.

Usage of the Mile

The mile is a unit of length that is used for measuring distances on land or in air travel. For example:

  • Measuring the distance between cities and towns.
  • Measuring the length and width of roads and highways.
  • Measuring the altitude and speed of airplanes and helicopters.
  • Measuring the size and shape of land areas and features.

The mile is commonly used in everyday life, especially in countries that follow the British imperial or US customary systems of measurement. Some examples are:

  • Measuring the height and weight of people and animals.
  • Measuring the fuel efficiency and performance of vehicles.
  • Measuring the speed limit and distance signs on roads.
  • Measuring the distance covered by runners and cyclists.

The mile is also used for measuring speed, such as miles per hour (mph). This is a measure of how fast an object moves in relation to another object or point. For example:

  • Measuring the speed of cars and trains.
  • Measuring the wind speed and direction.
  • Measuring the speed of sound and light.

Example Conversions of Mile to Other Units

The mile can be converted to other units of length by using different factors and formulas. Here are some examples of conversion for different types of units:

  • To convert a mile to feet, multiply by 5,280:

1 mi x 5,280 = 5,280 ft

  • To convert a mile to yards, multiply by 1,760:

1 mi x 1,760 = 1,760 yd

  • To convert a mile to meters, multiply by 1,609.344:

1 mi x 1,609.344 = 1,609.344 m

  • To convert a mile to kilometers, multiply by 1.609344:

1 mi x 1.609344 = 1.609344 km

  • To convert a mile to nautical miles, divide by 1.150779:

1 mi / 1.150779 = 0.868976 nmi

  • To convert a mile to geographical miles, divide by 0.869:

1 mi / 0.869 = 1.151 mi

  • To convert a foot to miles, divide by 5,280:

1 ft / 5,280 = 0.000189 mi

  • To convert a yard to miles, divide by 1,760:

1 yd / 1,760 = 0.000568 mi

  • To convert a meter to miles, divide by 1,609.344:

1 m / 1,609.344 = 0.000621 mi

  • To convert a kilometer to miles, divide by 1.609344:

1 km / 1.609344 = 0.621371 mi

  • To convert a nautical mile to miles, multiply by 1.150779:

1 nmi x 1.150779 = 1.150779 mi

  • To convert a geographical mile to miles, multiply by 0.869:

1 mi x 0.869 = 0.869 mi

Kilometer - Unit of Distance / Length

Unit Symbol/Abbreviation: km

Where the unit used in the World:

The kilometer is used as a unit used to measure distances or lengths.
It's a standard measure for travelled distances, geographical distances and maps in most countries excluding the USA and the United Kingdom where mile is still used for this purpose.
between geographical locations on land, and in most countries is the official unit for this purpose. Primary exceptions are the United Kingdom, Liberia, Myanmar and the United States of America, where the mile remains as standard as a part of imperial system.

Definition of the Unit:

The kilometer (kilometre in UK spelling) is a unit of length/distance in the metric system (SI Unit system) equivalent to one thousand meters.

1 km is equivalent to 0.62137 miles.

History of the Unit:

Although the meter was defined in 1799 in France, the kilometer was first adopted for everyday use by the Dutch in 1817 under local name of the mijl. The myriametre (10000 meters) and "lieues de Poste" (Postal leagues, 4288 meters) were preferred to the "kilometer" for everyday use in France in 19th century. In the mid 19th century the kilometer was already in everyday use in the Italy and in Netherlands and the myriametre was still in use in France. The CIPM (The International Committee for Weights and Measures) officially abolished the prefix "myria-" and the "myriametre" in 1935, leaving the kilometer as the recognised unit of length instead of myriametre.

Where it's used:

The kilometer is commonly used on road signs to indicate the distance to travel to a given location, on maps to indicate scale, for odometer indication in automotive industry. It is also the most popular unit for describing the distance between geographical points and locations.

Equivalents in other units and scales:

  • 1 km = 1000000 millimeters (mm)
  • 1 km = 100 000 centimeters (cm)
  • 1 km = 10000 decimeters (dm)
  • 1 km = 1000 meters (m)
  • 1 km = 3280.84 feet (ft)
  • 1 megameter = 1000 km
  • 1 gigameter = 1000000 km
  • 1 mile = 1.609 km
  • 1 yard = 0.000914 km
  • 1 foot = 0.000305 km
  • 1 inch = 0.0000254 km
  • Units of length in the metric SI system are based on multiples or fractions of a meter.
  • There are measurements of length/distance in the metric SI system greater than a kilometer that can be expressed in terms of kilometres.

1 km is equivalent to 0.621371 mi.

The kilometer is unit of length in the metric SI system and is equivalent to one thousand metres.

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