# How many feet are in one mile?

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The answer to the question is far more complicated than one might think. I have fairly frequently heard in the US the same question as this topic, and often the recipient will ask for a clarification as to what kind of mileâ€”like statute or nauticalâ€”to which the original questioner would typically respond, â€śYeah, you know, the statute mile like we use on land.â€ť Typically neither the requester nor the responder actually realizes the consequences of how the clarification question is answered.

In the United Kingdom it is easy: 1 mi = 5280 ft (by definition, so exact).

In the United States, there are two kinds of miles and two kinds of feet that are relevant to this question. For both miles and feet, there is a pair of international units and a pair of survey units. Up to 1959â€“06â€“30, there was only one legal foot in the USA, whose length was equal to (1200/3937) m (technically the yard was (3600/3937) m, the foot was 1/3 of that yard and the inch was 1/36 of that yardâ€”the intent was to make the inch such that 1 m =39.37 in, as Americans had a propensity to try to make the metric units look like they were defined in terms of American units, making it easier for Americans to convert metric measurements to US customary units). Vladimir mentioned in his answer a 1593 act of Parliament that in essence set the mile equal to 5280 ft; this mile ended up being called a statute mile because it was defined by a legal statute. The US had the same relationship between the statute mile and the foot, namely a factor of 5280.

exactly 5280 survey feet and
exactly [(5280 Ă— 1200 / 3937) / 0.3048] feet, which is approximately 5280.010 56 feet.

Now, there was also an adjustment to the mile to keep its relation to the adjusted foot with the factor 5280. This mile is known more explicitly as the â€śinternational mileâ€ť in parallel with the foot. There are 4 names for â€ślandâ€ť miles (not counting nautical miles and some other really obscure miles): mile, international mile, statute mile, survey mileâ€”the first two are synonymous with each other. Now it gets really complicated. The United States is a federal system, meaning the national (usually called federal) government has authority over all commerce (which includes weights and measures) that crosses state borders, whereas each state has authority for activities within the confines of the state. At the federal level and within most states the statute mile is synonymous with the survey mile, but supposedly in eight states all length/area/volume measurements have been adjusted to conform to the post-1959 definition of the yard and foot, so that the statute mile is synonymous with the international mile (and the acre is 4640 ydÂ˛, not 4640 survey-ydÂ˛).

The bottom line is:
1 mi = 5280 ft = 1609.344 m (exactly) in all jurisdictions of the US;
1 st mi = 5280 survey-ft = 5280.010 56â€¦ ft = 1609.3472â€¦ m at the national level and in most states,
â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦. 5280 ft = 1609.344 m in a few states.
It is because of the two different values here for â€śtheâ€ť statute mile that triggered my used of â€śnominallyâ€ť earlier in this post and that I would have more about thisâ€”well, here it is. The use of â€śnominallyâ€ť is because it is the definition and value used by the National Institute of Standards and Technology and most, but not all, states have adopted.

Most people do not care about this small of a differenceâ€”they would never notice. However, definitions need to be set up so that one definition covers everybody, including researchers and makers of precision equipment for whom this is a big difference as well as the common folk who do not care at all. I have actually worked in an application where the distinction between an international mile and the survey mile came up because an important error showed up in a simulation that mixed up the conversion factors between survey units versus international units and metric units.

For the life of me I do not understand why so many Americans fight so hard to retain use of the US customary units and resist using metric units. They talk about how hard the metric system is and how easy to deal with the American units. When they do, I cannot help but think about issues with the number of feet in a mile, avoirdupois ounces versus troy ounces versus fluid ounces, how big is a bushel (which varies from state to state and commodity to commodity and often has little to do with the NIST definition), and numerous other oddities that make me wonder how anybody can think this is easier than the metric system. Then I remember Americans do not care enoughâ€”they live in blissful ignorance having a hard time remembering how many inches are in a yard and most really do not care that they do not know. It is very sad.

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Although Iâ€™d like to follow HTD (How To Discuss?) guidlines and simply answer this, itâ€™s apparent you arenâ€™t using your resources correctly, Mr Anonymous.
A quick check at Google with â€śmiles to feetâ€ť would tell you faster, and avoid us from checking your history.
My biggest concern, with all niceness and respect, is that youâ€™re not listening and learning in the classroom.
â€śMuchâ€ť involves how much stuff. â€śHow much dirt did my Dog just dig in my neighborâ€™s yard?â€ť I donâ€™t care about cubic feet, just wanna know how long itâ€™ll take.
â€śManyâ€ť is a numberâ€¦ How many minutes should it take to repair the lawnâ€¦
In addition, â€śmilesâ€ť ainâ€™t OK. How many feet depends on the miles thingâ€¦How many?
â€śHow many feet â€śAREâ€ť in a MILE.â€ť
BTW, I learned in early elementary school, listened, and remembered 60 yearsâ€¦
5280. Youâ€™re welcome. Iâ€™ll go back to reading and answering questions which involve my experienceâ€¦

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TL; DR - 5280 feet

For the rigorous minded folks -

Well, letâ€™s see

1 feet = 12 inch
1 inch = 2.54 centimeters
So, 1 feet = 30.48 cms = 30.5 cms approximately
Therefore, 1 meter = 3.28084 feet

Now 1 mile = 1.60934 kilometers = 1609.34 meters

Combining both results, we get the required answer which is 1 mile = 5280 feet

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## How do you find out how many feet are in a mile?

Explanation:
I usually start from the number of yards in a mile and multiply by 3

There are 1760 yards in a mile and 3 feet in a yard.

So there are
1760â‹…3 = 5280 feet in a mile.

You can break it down into the traditional units making up a mile as follows:

• One mile is 8 furlongs

• One furlong is 10 chains

• One chain is 22 yards

• One yard is 3 feet

So one mile is 8Ă—10Ă—22Ă—3 = 5280 feet.