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# What is longer: a mile or a kilometer?

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A mile is equal to 1.609 kilometers, and is therefore longer than a kilometer. To convert miles to kilometers, simply multiply the number of miles by 1.609. To convert kilometers to miles, multiply the number of kilometers by 0.6214 or divide by 1.609.

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A mile is 5,280 feet. A kilometer is 3,280.84 feet. Since the United States is one of the few remaining trading nations that does not use the metric system, conversions are always necessary. The U.S. measuring system is based on the British Imperial system but has been modified and is usually now referred to as the U.S. Customary system.

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One kilometer is equal to 0.6214 mile, while 1 mile equals 1.6093 kilometers. One kilometer is also equal to 1093.61 yards, which converts to 3280.84 feet.

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A 1-kilometer race is equal to racing 0.62137 miles, or 1093.6 yards. In modern athletics, there is no race that is the equivalent of 1 kilometer, although there is an occasional 1-mile event, which is the equivalent of 1.609344 kilometers.

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One kilometer is equal to 100,000 centimeters. One meter equals 100 centimeters. There are 1,000 meters in one kilometer, and 100 centimeters (1 meter) multiplied by 1,000 equals 100,000 centimeters.