Pounds to tons

There are 2000 pounds (lb) in one US customary ton (t). Both tons and pounds are measurements of mass/weight in the US customary and imperial systems of measurement. However, the definitions of the ton vary in both systems. For example, there are 2240 pounds in an imperial ton, and 2204.6226 pounds in a metric ton.

The US ton is mostly used in the United States and Canada. The imperial ton was mostly used in the UK, and still is to a degree, but since the UK began the process of metrication, the metric ton is also used in the UK.

The metric ton is based on the kilogram (kg), and is equal to 1000 kg:

1 metric ton = 1000 kg

Pounds to tons conversion

The following converter can be used to convert from pounds to the various definitions of the ton mentioned above. Select which definition of the ton you would like to use from the drop-down menu and enter a value in either pounds or tons to convert between the two.


Pounds to tons conversion explanation

To convert from pounds to the various definitions of a ton, we need to use the following relationships:

1 US ton = 2200 lb

1 imperial ton = 2240 lb

1 metric ton = 2204.6226 lb

Using these relationships, to convert from pounds to tons, we divide a value in pounds by the values shown above, depending which definition of a ton we want to use. To convert from tons to pounds, we'd instead multiply.


1. Convert 23457 pounds to US tons:

23457 lb ÷ 2200 = 10.6623 t

2. Convert 23457 pounds to imperial tons:

23457 lb ÷ 2240 = 10.4719 t

3. Convert 10.6399 metric tons to pounds:

10.6399 t × 2204.6226 = 23457 lb