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How many feet are in a mile? Have you ever wondered how many feet high you were on an airplane or how many feet you’ve driven on your road trip? Converting feet to miles or vice versa is easy if you know the conversion rate.
Our feet-to-miles guide helps you convert feet to miles and miles to feet using formulas, examples, and conversion tables. We explain different units of length and systems of measurement, so you can easily complete your project.
TL;DR: There are 5,280 feet in a mile.
Length refers to a measurement of something from one end to another or between two points. Length can measure an object’s height, depth, and length.
In the U.S., we use the customary measurement system that uses inches (in), feet (ft), yards (yd), and miles (mi) to measure distance and length. We are only one of a few countries that use this system of measurement.
Most countries use the metric system, which uses millimeters (mm), centimeters (cm), meters (m), and kilometers (km) to measure distance and length.
The U.S. customary system and imperial systems (used in the UK and other Commonwealth countries) use inches, feet, yards, and miles as units of length.
- Inch: An inch is the smallest unit of measurement in the U.S. customary and imperial system. One inch equals 1/12 of a foot and 2.54 centimeters.
- Foot: A foot is usually used to measure a person’s height. One foot equals ⅓ of a yard and 30.48 centimeters.
- Yard: A yard is slightly shorter than a metric meter. One yard is equal to 0.9144 meters.
- Mile: A mile is used to measure long distances. One mile is equal to 1.6 kilometers and 5,280 feet.
Here are the units of measurement used in the metric system:
- Millimeter: A millimeter is the smallest length unit in the metric system. One millimeter equals 0.001 meters.
- Centimeter: A centimeter is equal to 0.01 meters and 10 millimeters.
- Meter: A meter is the standard length unit in the metric system. One meter is equal to 100 centimeters.
- Kilometer: A kilometer is a large unit of length in the metric system. One kilometer is equal to 1,000 meters. It is commonly used to measure long distances.
Use this handy conversion chart to convert between customary and metric units of measurement.
|U.S. Customary Unit||Customary Equivalent||Metric Equivalent|
|Inch||0.08333333333 feet0.02777777777 yards0.00001578282 miles||2.54 centimeters0.0254 meters0.0000254 kilometers|
|Foot||12 inches0.33333333333 yards0.00018939393 miles||30.48 centimeters0.3048 meters0.0003048 kilometers|
|Yard||36 inches3 feet0.00056818181 miles||91.44 centimeters0.9144 meters0.0009144 kilometers|
|Mile||63,360 inches5,280 feet1,760 yards||160,934 centimeters1609.34 meters1.60934 kilometers|
A foot (ft) is a unit of length in the U.S. customary and imperial measurement systems. In 1959, the U.S. defined the foot as 0.3048 meters. One foot has 12 inches and one yard has 3 feet.
Merriam Webster defines a foot as “any of various units of length based on the length of the human foot, especially a unit equal to ⅓ yard and comprising 12 inches – plural foot used between a number and a noun.”
The foot as a unit of length has been used for thousands of years by Roman, French, Chinese, and Greek measurement systems. These systems would base the length of a foot on the length of human feet, creating inconsistent definitions across systems.
A person’s height is commonly measured in feet. People may also measure short distances in feet. Feet are also commonly used in aviation to measure elevation and altitude.
A mile (mi) is a unit of length in the U.S. customary and imperial measurement systems. One mile equals 5,280 feet, 1609.344 meters, or 1,760 yards.
According to Merriam Webster, a mile is “any of various units of distance: such as a unit equal to 5,280 feet, a nautical mile, and a relatively great distance, degree, or interval, usually plural.”
Today’s standard mile, also known as the statute mile, land mile, and international mile, in the U.S. customary and imperial systems is based on old English units. In 1592, the English Parliament defined the mile as eight furlongs. One furlong was 660 feet.
Before the metric system was widely adopted, miles were abbreviated with an “m” but switched to “mi” to create a distinction between meters and miles.
The Roman mile consisted of a thousand paces. In 29 BC, the Imperial Roman mile was standardized as 5,000 Roman feet, based on Roman general Agrippa’s own foot. A “pace” was defined as 5 feet.
The Italian mile is based on the Roman mile and was usually equal to 1,000 paces but varied based on region and time.
The li, also known as the Chinese mile, is defined as 500 meters (1,640 feet or 0.311 miles).
Currently, most countries use the metric system’s kilometer unit instead of the modern mile to denote distance. The mile is commonly used in the U.S. and UK and U.S. territories.
There are 5,280 feet in a mile.
There are 0.00018939393 miles in a foot.
Since there are 5,280 feet in one mile, you can convert feet to miles by dividing the number of miles by 5,280.
Use this formula to convert a foot measurement into a mile measurement.
Miles = Feet ÷ 5,280
1 ÷ 5,280 = 0.00018939393 miles
2 ÷ 5,280 = 0.00037878787 miles
10 ÷ 5,280 = 0.00189393939 miles
200 ÷ 5,280 = 0.03787878787 miles
1,500 ÷ 5,280 = 0.28409090909 miles
Since there are 5,280 feet in one mile, you can convert miles to feet by multiplying the mile value by 5,280. The result will yield the number of feet in the number of miles.
Use this formula to convert miles to feet.
Feet = Miles x 5,280
1 x 5,280 = 5,280 feet
2 x 5,280 = 10,560 feet
3.5 x 5,280 = 18,480 feet
15 x 5,280 = 79,200 feet
55 x 5,280 = 290,400 feet
Convert feet to miles in no time with our handy feet-to-mile conversion table below.
|Feet (ft)||Miles (mi)|
|1 ft||0.00018939393 mi|
|2 ft||0.00037878787 mi|
|3 ft||0.00056818181 mi|
|4 ft||0.00075757575 mi|
|5 ft||0.00094696969 mi|
|6 ft||0.00113636363 mi|
|7 ft||0.00132575757 mi|
|8 ft||0.00151515151 mi|
|9 ft||0.00170454545 mi|
|10 ft||0.00189393939 mi|
|11 ft||0.00208333333 mi|
|12 ft||0.00227272727 mi|
|13 ft||0.00246212121 mi|
|14 ft||0.00265151515 mi|
|15 ft||0.00284090909 mi|
|16 ft||0.00303030303 mi|
|17 ft||0.00321969696 mi|
|18 ft||0.0034090909 mi|
|19 ft||0.00359848484 mi|
|20 ft||0.00378787878 mi|
We make it easy to convert miles to feet with this helpful conversion table.
|Miles (mi)||Feet (ft)|
|1 mi||5,280 ft|
|2 mi||10,560 ft|
|3 mi||15,840 ft|
|4 mi||21,120 ft|
|5 mi||26,400 ft|
|6 mi||31,680 ft|
|7 mi||36,960 ft|
|8 mi||42,240 ft|
|9 mi||47,520 ft|
|10 mi||52,800 ft|
|11 mi||58,080 ft|
|12 mi||63,360 ft|
|13 mi||68,640 ft|
|14 mi||73,920 ft|
|15 mi||79,200 ft|
|16 mi||84,480 ft|
|17 mi||89,760 ft|
|18 mi||95,040 ft|
|19 mi||100,320 ft|
|20 mi||105,600 ft|
A foot, equal to 12 inches, is a common unit of length in the U.S. customary and imperial measurement systems. In our everyday lives, many items measure about a foot long. Knowing which items measure about a foot can help you visualize the length of a foot in real life.
Here are a few items that measure about a foot (12 inches):
- Two-liter bottle (12-13 inches)
- Magnetic knife strip
- Non-stick pan diameter
- Small desk fan
- Cooking tongs
- 12 stacked hockey pucks (1-inch thickness each puck; 12-inch thickness total)
- Standard zip tie
- Loaf of sandwich bread (12-15 inches)
- Men’s shoe size 14
- Two dollar bills lengthwise (6.14 inches long each; 12.28 inches total length)
Measuring an object’s length, height, or depth is easy with a ruler, measuring tape, meter stick, or yardstick. A ruler is commonly used to measure short lengths like the length of a pencil. For larger items, use a measuring tape.
- Ruler: 12 inches long (30.48 cm)
- Yardstick: 3 feet long (36 inches)
- Meter stick: 1 meter long (100 cm)
Rulers and measuring tape will include customary and metric measurements on each side. Look for centimeter, millimeter, and inch markers. To measure an object’s length with a ruler or measuring tape, select the desired length unit to begin. Then, you can place the rule or measuring tape next to the item starting at the 0 mark.
The tick marks on a ruler, measuring tape, or other measuring tool help you determine the length of an object. To get an accurate length measurement, mark the tick mark closest to the item’s endpoint. If the item’s length falls between two marks, round to the lowest length unit.
Now, how do you measure longer lengths like the distance between cities?
Digital tape measures, also known as laser tape measures, use a laser beam instead of a metal tape to measure distances. The laser reflects off a surface and calculates the time it takes for the reflection to return to the device.
Here is how to use a laser distance measure:
- Turn the device on.
- Check the device’s settings and select the appropriate unit of length (meters, feet, or inches)
- Set the laser distance measure at the starting point. Ensure the device remains stable.
- Point the laser dot at your desired endpoint.
- Press the measuring button.
- Keep the laser stable until the measurement pops up on the backlit display.
Think of measuring with a laser distance measure much like using a traditional measurer with metal tape. Instead of using a retractable metal tape to measure the distance, a laser offers greater precision for long distances or hard-to-measure lengths.
Knowing how to convert feet to miles or miles to feet can be a useful skill to have for many purposes.
Here, we answer the most frequently asked questions about feet-to-mile conversions.
A survey foot, introduced in 1893, was used by some land surveyors and is slightly longer than the international foot (12 inches). The survey foot is only about an eighth of an inch longer.
In 1959, the federal government redefined the foot to match international standards, making it 0.3048 meters. The government still allowed land surveyors and geodesists to use the survey foot.
Most states mandated the use of the survey foot for their state coordinate systems, but some states mandated the use of the international foot. The use of two feet measurements created a wide range of problems.
On December 31, 2022, the U.S. will begin depreciating the use of the U.S. survey foot. The international foot will take its place.
There are 43,560 square feet in an acre.
Wondering how many feet are in a meter? There are 3.28084 feet in a meter.
If you are wondering how many feet are in a yard, there are 3 feet in a yard.
Interested to know how many feet in a quarter mile? There are 1,320 feet in one-quarter of a mile.
There are 15,840 feet in 3 miles.
There are 26,400 feet in 5 miles.
There are 10,560 feet in 2 miles.
One-eight of a mile is equal to 660 feet.
One-quarter mile is equal to 1,320 feet.
A nautical mile is equal to 6,076.12 feet.
One thousand feet is equal to 0.18939393939 miles.
Eighteen miles is equal to 95,040 feet.
Three thousand feet is equal to 0.56818181818 miles.
There are 528 feet in a tenth of a mile.
There are 1,056 feet in .2 miles.
There are 21,120 feet in 4 miles.
Two thousand feet is equal to 0.37878787878 miles.
Forty thousand feet is equal to 7.57575757576 miles.
Four thousand feet is equal to 0.75757575757 miles.
One mile equals 5,280 feet.
There are 7,920 feet in a mile and a half.
There are 1,584 feet in 0.3 miles.
Six miles is equal to 31,680 feet.
Seven miles is equal to 36,960 feet.
Ten thousand feet is equal to 1.89393939394 miles.
One thousand five hundred feet is equal to 0.28409090909 miles.
Thirty thousand feet is equal to 5.68181818182 miles.
Five hundred feet is equal to 0.09469696969 miles.
Five thousand feet is equal to 0.94696969697 miles.
There are 528 feet in 0.1 miles.
Sixty-two miles is equal to 327,360 feet.
There are 1,609.34 meters in one mile.
There are 264,000 feet in 50 miles.
One hundred miles per hour is equal to 146.666666667 feet per second.
Miles per hour (mph) and feet per second (fps) are units used to measure speed. One mile per hour is equal to 1.466667 feet per second. To convert feet per second to miles per hour, use this formula:
Miles per hour = Feet per second ÷ 1.466667
For example, if you want to convert 10 feet per second to the miles per hour equivalent, divide 10 by 1.466667. The result should be 6.81818027 mph.
Now, how do you convert mph to fps?
Use this formula:
Feet per second = Miles per hour x 1.466667
For example, if you want to convert 10 miles per hour to feet per second, you would multiply 10 by 1.466667. The result should be 14.66667 feet per second.
A knot is one nautical mile per hour, equivalent to 1.15078 standard miles. To convert knots to miles per hour, multiply the knot value by 1.15078.
Use this formula:
Miles per hour = Knots x 1.15078
For example, if you want to determine the miles per hour of a boat traveling at 10 knots, multiply 10 by 1.15078 to get 11.5078 miles per hour.
There are 27 cubic feet in a cubic yard.
How Many Feet Is a Football Field?
An NFL football field is 360 feet long and 160 feet wide.
There are 6 feet in a fathom.
There are 3,280.84 feet in a kilometer.
There are 3.28084 feet in a meter.
A block is usually 300-325 feet long.
There are 16.5 feet in a rod.
A queen-size bed is 6 feet 8 inches long.
Six feet is equal to 72 inches.
Sixty inches is equal to 5 feet.
Four feet is equal to 48 inches.
Seventy-two inches is equal to 6 feet.
Forty-eight inches is equal to 4 feet.
Four inches is equal to 0.333333 feet.
There are 60 inches in 5 feet.
Now that you know how to convert feet to miles and miles to feet, you can convert various distances and lengths. Whether you’re concerned about cross-pollination from another cannabis farm miles away or just curious about feet-to-mile conversions, we hope our formulas and tables (listed above) can help you.