Difference Between Kilometer and Mile


Main Difference

The main difference between Kilometers and Mile is that Kilometer is equal to 1000 meters, whereas a Mile is equal to 1609.34 meters.

Kilometers vs. Miles

A kilometer is a common unit that is used to measure longer distances. Mile helps in small measurements. A Mile is denoted by “m” while kilometer is denoted by “km.” One kilometer is the distance that a healthy person walks approximately in ten minutes. A mile has 1.6 kilometers, and one kilometer has 0.6 miles.

A Kilometer is a little quantity as compared to a Mile. To change a Mile into a Kilometer is simpler as compared to change a Kilometer to a Mile. A Kilometer is an independent unit and has no more types. There are more subtypes of a Mile. Speed in Kilometers is called Kilometers per hour and abbreviated as ‘kph.’ Speed in the mile is called miles per hour and abbreviated as ‘mph.’


Comparison Chart

A metrical length that is equal to 1000 metersA unit of distance that is equal to 1760 yards
1 km = 3280.84 ft1 mile = 5280 ft
1 km = 1000 m1 mile = 1609.344 m
1 km = 100000 cm1 mile = 160934.4 cm
1093.613 yards1,760 yards
Comparatively moreComparatively less

What is Kilometers?

Kilometers are mostly used in the US standard system of measurement. The kilometer is the basic unit of length. The word ‘Kilometer’ comes to indicate the distance of place on land. This unit of measurement firstly comes in 1790. It plays an important role in the measurement of length and distance. Firstly, a Kilometer is known as ‘Millaire.’ Prefix ‘Kilo’ comes from the Greek language means ‘thousand.’ In North American pronunciation, the exact pronunciation of Kilometer is through primary stress on the second syllable. British also use this utterance sometimes. There are 1000m in a km.



  • An example of a kilometer is how far a person will run if he wants to run for just over 1/2 of a mile.
  • A kilometer helps to measure foot races, as Olympic races.
  • This Saturday, the highest strike was in ‘Mong Kok.’ It is the place that has the most crowed record in the world with a population of more than 130000 people per square Kilometre from 2.30 p.m native time.

What is Miles?

The United States and the United Kingdom measured distances in miles. It is part of the metric system of measurement and is equal to 1,000 meters. A mile is longer than a kilometer. One mile has 1.609 kilometers. 1 mile = 2,000 to 2,500 walking steps. System International Unites introduced this measuring length in 1959. Initially, it was indicated by the sign of ‘M,’ but now it is denoted by ‘Mi’ by SI. Other units of Mile are Miles per gallon, and Miles per hour.

One Mile has more feet and more inches than a Kilometer. Romans distributed a Mile into 5000 roman feet. The word ‘Mile’ comes from ‘Myle’ and ‘Mil.’ When the distance differentiated from the nautical mile, the international mile is known as ‘Land mile’ or ‘statute mile.’ In American law, statute mile indicated US survey mile. Statute Mile, Metric Mile, and Nautical Mile are the main types of Miles. Miles or a mile is the indication of`very much’ to point out the difference between two things or qualities.

Key Differences

  1. One mile shows numerous meters, whereas a Kilometer used to measure small distances.
  2. One Mile contains more yards; on the other hand, a Kilometer has fewer yards.
  3. One Mile contains more inches conversely a Kilometer has less.
  4. A mile is a unit of measurement in the imperial system on the flip side a Kilometer is a unit of measurement in the metric system.
  5. Mile has the same spelling in both British and American languages, but km spelling in British English and American English are not same.
  6. Mile has more types, while Kilometre has no more classification.
  7. A Mile is a unit of length or distance and is equal to 5280 feet, whereas a Kilometer is used in metric setup, and is almost 6/10 mile.
  8. A Mile is relatively less used, while a Kilometer is relatively more used.


A Mile and a Kilometer both are the different units of distances. A Kilometer supports to measure large distances, and a Mile is helpful to measure shorter lengths or distances.

Aimie Carlson

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