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.

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MrMarmalade 9 years ago from Sydney

extremely interesting have saved for the next trivial pursuit night.

Thank you

zoe 8 years ago

you took some time to give me my answer but you give me the right answer

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2patricias 8 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

I must remember this the next time I write questions for a Quiz Night.


kim 8 years ago

how many mm are there in one meter?

George 8 years ago

kim says:2 weeks ago

how many mm are there in one meter?

1000mm = 100cm = 1m

ye 7 years ago

how much is 50 inches in feet

Rosa Parks 7 years ago

50 inches= 4 1/6 feet

wanda 7 years ago

if i walk l0 laps around a pond that is 120 long steps, how much distance do I cover?

wanda 7 years ago

if i walk 120 long steps around a pond 10 times how much distance in miles or parts of miles?

Anonymous 7 years ago

wanda says:3 days ago

if i walk 120 long steps around a pond 10 times how much distance in miles or parts of miles?

I apologize wanda...but I don't know if that is enough information.

jmie 7 years ago

how many feet are in a mile when you are jogging. can youbfigure this one out for me.

MyAchingFeet 6 years ago

So, if I take a trip to Europe and meet someone and they say, 'let's walk to the next town, it is 10 kilometre's', I say, 'okay', but when I think we should have been there by now, it is really another mile to go. That's why I am MyAchingFeet.

eric  6 years ago

oh now i got it

KITTYGIRL123 6 years ago

THANKS for telling me the answer it like helps so much sometime when you get older you tend to forget things. (HA Ha!) I have a word problem for all you peolpe out there.- ONE LOOP AROND THE PARK IS 3 MILES. HOW MANY FEET IS THAT?

jackson 6 years ago

the answer to your quest is 15840ft

kim 6 years ago

u stink so bad u did not give me an answer :(

huh 6 years ago


nutre 6 years ago


"metric mile" 6 years ago

There is no such thing as a "metric mile". Metric is a relatively modern method of measurement adopted by most countries today. It is normal to measure a mile against a Kilometre, which is 1.609344 kilometres for both the US and Imperial standard. Btw KM is spelled kilometre in Canada and kilometer in the US, but both are acceptable, just to make things even more confusing!

WHAT??? 6 years ago

miles are standard not metric

Question Answer Man 6 years ago

Umm....... mile = 1.609344 kilometers = 1609.344 meters = 160934.4 centimeters = 1609344 millimeters.

Yeah, weird math.

Question Answer Man 6 years ago


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Sexy 6 years ago

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Duh! 6 years ago

There is no such thing as a "metric mile". It's either an Imperial mile or a kilometre.

idk 6 years ago

How many feet are in a mile.....huh..........

ANOYNMOUS 5 years ago

If a cupcake is two inches long, how many cupcakes will it take to make a mile?

Joey 4 years ago

How many feet are in a mile?You haven't answered my question.

Miechelle 4 years ago

Hello i cann't find the answer here.

Question Answer Man 4 years ago

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4 years ago

Informative also can remember by thinking 5 tomatoes

5280 get it

a girl 4 years ago

LMAO i get it!!!!!

it does help btw

hihicat 4 years ago

1,000,000 millimeters in 100,000 centimeters in 10,000 decimeters in 1,000 meters in 100 decameters in 10 hectometers in 1 kilometer. Those are the answers to the metric system!

girl 3 years ago

i cannot find the answer

Joana 2 years ago

What does the number after the decimal mean? for example, 29.56 miles. Is the number .56 mean feet?

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