Feet1 and miles2 are widely used units of length. There are different types of these units of length, and the most common ones are the international foot and the statue miles. In order you get the picture clearly, let’s talk about them a bit. It will help you to understand how many feet there are in a mile.
History of the Foot
According to some historians, the first foot was used in Sumer. Its definition was found in one of the statues, dated to about 2600 BC.
Later feet were adapted by the Egyptians, and then by the Greeks and the Romans. So it is an ancient unit of length.
Now there are various types of feet in the world, but most of them are obsolete. In 1959, the USA and the Commonwealth countries stated that the length of one yard is 0.9144 meters. As the yard comprises three feet, it is easy to calculate that the foot is equal to 0.3048 meters.
This definition has become official for almost every country, and if you come across a foot, you can be sure that this is the international foot, which is 0.3048 meters.
Types of Miles
Miles also have various definitions. First of all, you should understand the difference between land and nautical miles. The land mile (also called the statue mile, American mile, Imperial mile, British mile, European mile, or English mile) is the most widely spread variant. It was defined in 1592 by the Act of Parliament as equal to 1760 yards, which is 5280 feet.
The international nautical mile is longer. It has 6076 feet. You should also remember that in some countries they use other types of miles, like the Roman mile (5000 Roman feet), the metric mile (1500 or 1600 meters), the Scots mile (5920 feet), the Russian milya (7468 meters), the Irish mile (6720 feet), etc.
Thus, the most common answer to the question about how many feet in a mile is 5280 (about 1609 meters), if you mean international feet and statue miles.
How to Convert Feet to Miles
In order to convert feet to miles, you should divide the number of miles by 5280. A calculator or the table below will help you to calculate quickly and without mistakes.
The foot (abbr. ft; symbol ′) is a unit of length used in different systems (Imperial, English, US customary, etc). The most common type of the foot is the international one. It is equal to about 0.3048 meters. One foot consists of twelve inches, three feet form one yard.
The mile is a widely used unit of length with a number of definitions. The Imperial (statue, American, land, etc) mile equals to 1760 yards, which is 1609.344 meters). The nautical mile is equal to 6076 feet (about 1852 meters).