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# How many linear feet in a city block?

Updated: 9/1/2023

Wiki User

9y ago

generally 1/8 of a mile From AmericanCulturalAssumption: 16 American City Blocks would make one CountryMile. If they were in the country [meaning "countryside" or "rural areas"]. -- PhlIp-- How did you come to this conclusion? (Most?) American cities are laid out with 1/16 mile by 1/8 mile grids. (Metric equivalents: 100 meters by 200 meters.) Major streets are usually at 1/4, 1/2, or 1 mile intervals. (Metric equivalents: 400 meters, 800 meters, or 1.6 km) Some exceptions: Midtown Manhattan (in New York City) has a rough 1/20 mile by 1/10 mile grid, with some avenues being twice that length at 1/5 mile. Newer neighborhoods (often called "suburbs") usually have grids of major streets, but the minor streets are often mazes instead of grids. Streets in Salt Lake City are 7 to the mile, in both dimensions. An oddball number, but the consistency (plus the use of numbers for all addresses) makes calculating distances straightforward. A city block is the distance between consecutive streets, running east-west, or avenues, running north-south. The Manhattan grid has about 20 streets per mile but only a few avenues per mile making it convenient to describe "short blocks" or "long blocks" (for blocks facing avenues or streets respectively). Portland, Oregon was laid out with most streets and avenues in a 200 foot grid, making more corner lots so that developers received more profit as corner lots command a higher price. How exactly do you come to the conclusion that E-W is a 'street' and N-S is an 'avenue'? Last time I checked, 'street' is a road built up on either or both sides, and 'avenue' is a tree-lined road. [That's just the way numbered roads are laid out in Manhattan and some other places. It would surely be less confusing to use sets of numbers that don't conflict, particularly for visitors from places without that convention who don't suspect the vital significance in the "avenue" or "street" after the number, but that's how they named 'em.] There is no definition of how big it is. Each city block is just as big as it is. They aren't even all the same shape. A city block would typically be 1/16 to 1/8 of a mile, In many large eastern cities, a CityBlock is a standard 1/20 of a mile. That is, there is that much space between the centerlines of the streets in grid-platted parts of the city.

Wiki User

16y ago

Wiki User

9y ago

A north/south block (say from 50th Street to 51st Street) in Manhattan is about 1/20 of a mile. East/west blocks are about twice that.

For clarity, although it is not actually defined as such, a city block as an relative unit of distance is the width end of a residential block which would comprise of the depth of two house lots, an alley if present, and one side street. The actual distance (in blocks/mile) varies from city to city and place to place within a city and from the responses on the internet appears to be anywhere from 8 to 20 blocks per mile.

Wiki User

14y ago

It depends on the block. The blocks between avenues -- meaning, the blocks that run west/east -- are longer than the street blocks (the ones that run south/north). The avenue blocks on the Upper West Side of Manhattan are especially long; some of them are nearly half a mile long.

Approximately 17 to 20 street blocks (south/north blocks) equals a mile. Since the length of the avenue blocks is so erratic, in some places 8 to 10 avenue blocks (west/east blocks) equals a mile, and in some places 3 to 5 avenue blocks equals a mile.

Wiki User

9y ago

There is no standard measurement for a city block. City blocks are generally anywhere from 264 to 352 feet in length.

Wiki User

9y ago

The number of linear feet in a standard city block is 264. City blocks in the south and west can be as much as twice as long.

Wiki User

8y ago

There is no such thing as an average city block.

Wiki User

8y ago

A city block is not a standard unit of measure for length.

Wiki User

14y ago

220 Yards (1/8 of a mile)

Wiki User

14y ago

1/20 of a mile