Feet in a mile
There are 5,280 feet (ft) in 1 mile (mi).
How to remember how many feet in a mile
To remember how many feet there are in 1 mile, we can use the mnemonic "five tomatoes." We can break the syllables of "five tomatoes" down such that each syllable tells us 1 digit of the number of feet in a mile:
- five → 5
- to → pronounced "two" → 2
- mat → pronounced "mate" → sounds like eight → 8
- oes → pronounced "o's" → indicates 0 → 0
Thus, the "five" simply tells us the first digit, the "to" tells us that the second digit is the number 2, the "mat" sounds like the pronunciation of 8, and "o" is a way to say the number 0. Putting it all together, there are 5,280 feet in 1 mile.
The mile originated from the Roman measure of paces. The name mile comes from the Latin mille passus, which means "a thousand paces." The measurement of a pace was 5 feet, so a thousand paces is equal to 1000 × 5 = 5,000, giving is 5,000 feet in a mile.
The definition of the mile today is referred to as the international mile, where 1 mile = 5,280 feet, which differs from the definition of the mile used in Roman times, where there were 5,000 feet in a Roman mile.
In Rome, the measurement of feet was based on a typical person's foot at the time, which was on average, slightly smaller than it is today. Thus, 5 Roman feet is approximately equal to 4.85 feet in the imperial system; this equates to approximately 5,121.6 feet today.
There are a number of other miles used, for example the nautical mile (1853.249 m in the US), US survey mile (1609.347 m), metric mile (1500 m or 1600 m in the US), and more. Also, there are many other definitions of the mile that were used throughout history, all of which have different measures. Some of these include the Italian mile, Arabic mile, and of course, the Roman mile.
How did it become 5,280 feet in a mile
The definition of 5,280 feet in a mile comes from the imperial system of measurement. In the imperial system, there is a measurement of length called the furlong, where 1 furlong is equal to 660 feet. In 1592, Parliament decided to standardize the definition of a mile and changed the definition of the mile to be based on the furlong. In this new definition, 1 mile = 8 furlongs. Thus:
1 mile = 8 furlongs = 8 × 660 ft = 5,280 ft
Feet to miles conversion
The following converter can convert from feet to miles or miles to feet. Just enter a value in either feet or miles to convert between the two.
Convert feet and miles
Below are some conversions between feet, miles, and other common measurements of length.
Convert miles to feet
miles × 5,280 = feet
Convert miles to meters
miles × 1,609.344 = meters
miles × 1.609344 = kilometers
Convert miles to furlong
miles × 8 = furlong
Convert miles to yards
miles × 1,760 = yards
Convert miles to inches
miles × 63,360 = inches
Convert feet to miles
feet ÷ 5,280 = miles
Convert feet to meters
feet ÷ 3.2808 = meters
feet ÷ 3,280.8 = kilometers
Convert feet to furlongs
feet ÷ 660 = furlongs
Convert feet to yards
feet ÷ 3 = yards
Convert feet to inches
feet × 12 = inches
Did you know?
Most of the measurements of a mile used today or in the past were derived, or close in value to the Roman mile, which was equal to 5000 Roman feet. This was standardized by Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa, a prominent member of Roman society who was a general, architect, and more. The measurement of the Roman foot is actually based on the size of his own foot, and based on these relationships, among other things, a Roman mile was estimated to be 4851 ft, or 1479 meters by today's standards.