Units of Measure

How many feet are there in a statute mile?

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July 05, 2012 3:47PM

There are 5,280 feet in a statute mile.

There are 5,280 feet in a US/UK mile.

This is also known as an American mile, British mile, Imperial mile, English mile, or European mile. Its length has been agreed and fixed at precisely 1,609.344 meters by legal statute. Consequently it is also known as the 'statute mile.'

But there are also other types of 'mile.'

List of 'feet in a mile' in some of the more well-known systems of linear measurement:

  • 5,280 feet in a statute mile
  • 6,080 feet in the UK nautical mile
  • 6,080 feet in the aeronautical mile
  • 6,076.1155 feet in the International nautical mile (1852 meters)
  • 5,279.989 'US Survey feet' in a mile
  • 5,920 feet in an old Scots mile
  • 5,000 Roman feet in the old Roman mile
  • 1500 m 'Metric mile' (used in sports) = 4,921.26 feet
  • 1600 m 'Metric mile' (used in some school sports) = 5,249.34 feet
  • A 'Data mile' (used in radar) = 6,000 feet

For the number of feet in other 'miles', e.g. Irish, Danish, German, Croatian, Russian and Banska miles/mil/meile/milya etc, see Related links below.


5,280 feet