What is kilometer?

The kilometer is a unit of length in the metric system. One kilometer equals to 1,000 meters. It is part of the metric system of measurement. Its abbreviation is km.

It is now the measurement unit used officially for expressing distances between geographical places. The U.S. and Great Britain are practically the only developed nations that still show miles rather than kilometers on their road signs.

How can we convert from kilometer to other length units?

Use the following table:

meter (m) 1,000
decimeter (dm) 10,000
centimeter (cm) 100,000
yard (yd) 1,094
Foot (ft) 3,281
span 4,374
hand 9,843
inch (in) 39,370


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