How Many Feet In A Mile
How many feet are there in a mile?
Yes, it's the question on everybody's lips - just how many feet can you squeeze into a metric mile?
I've gone on a bit of a random information buzz lately, providing answers to questions that many people (or someone at least) have been asking far and wide across the electronic meadows of the internet and beyond.
So how many feet in a mile already?
Right, you want your measurements converted and you want them now. Well, without further ado, I can reveal that the answer is...
NOT 1,250 feet in a mile
NOT 9,354 feet in a mile
NOR is it 772 feet in a mile.
In fact, there are 25.4 millimeters in an inch, and there are 1609344 millimeters in a mile.
Yes, But What About FEET IN A MILE?
Right. Without further further ado, there are:
5,280 feet in a mile
Here is what the US Metric Law (1966) said about feet and miles, as recounted by T. J. Keefe:
"one meter was equal to 39.37 inches, exactly. In 1959, the relationship between inches and centimeters was redefined to be that one inch is equal to 2.54 centimeters, exactly. Maps produced by the US Coast and Geodetic Survey continued to use the old standard. To clarify which foot you are talking about, the old foot, derived from 1 meter = 39.37 inches (exactly), is referred to as the "US survey foot". The new foot, derived from 1 inch = 2.54 cm (exactly), is referred to as the international foot."
Walking A Roman Mile
In fact, the origin of the mile is the distance a legion of soldiers covered in a thousand paces. A pace was defined as the distance between to landings of the same foot, and could be also referred to as a stride. If you prefer, you could think of this as 2,000 steps, but at any rate it's not really a scientifically accurate means of describing distances.
In fact, the average distance between two Roman milestones measured today (if you can find any, of course - they have been around for quite a while now) is actually about 5,000 feet.
To put and end to the variations between miles observed in different countries, the British Parliament defined the statute mile in 1592. The statute mile contains 8 furlongs, 80 chains, 320 rods, 1760 yards or 5280 feet - whichever method of measurement you feel most comfortable with.