### Quick Answer

**There are 8.05 kilometers in 5 miles, based on a conversion rate of 1.61 kilometers equals 1 mile.** Conversely, 0.62 miles are equal to 1 kilometer.

### Full Answer

A kilometer is a unit of length in the metric system. It is equal to 1,000 meters, 0.54 nautical miles, 3,281 feet or 1,094 yards. The kilometer is the standard unit of distance measurement in most countries, excluding the United States and the United Kingdom. The measure of a kilometer was formalized in 1799. Prior to the formal adoption of the kilometer, some countries used different units, such as the myriametre and the mijl.