How Long is a Meter

Hey kids! Did you know that cats can jump up to 7 times their tail length?

Did you also know that the distance between New York and Philadelphia is 94.6 miles?

Also, here's another interesting bit of trivia: The Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world as of 2020, is 828 meters high.

What do these three random statements have in common? Well, it's simple: they all speak of measurements of length.

We measure our height, weight, temperature and so on. The list is endless.

While we have the height of the Burj Khalifa in meters, how do you convert miles into meters? 

Well, in this chapter, you'll know more.

Let’s learn about how long is a meter in feet, how long is a meter in cm, and how many feet are there in a meter.

Check out the interactive simulations to know more about the lesson and try your hand at solving a few interesting practice questions at the end of the page.

Lesson Plan 

How Long is a Meter?

A mile is a unit followed in the United States for measuring distance.

The metric unit followed in the United States is called the "United States Customary Units (USCS)".

How long is a meter in cm:

A meter is equal to 100 centimeters.

Meter is the SI unit of distance. This unit is used to measure the length of the house or the size of a playground.

For example, the diameter of the swimming pool in the illustration below is measured in meters.

meter, how long is a meter

Explore the length of some of the objects through the simulation below.

Place the object along its length on the meter scale between 0 to 100 centimeter and calculate its length.

How Long is a Meter Compared to Other Length Units?

Various units of length are used depending whether the length is very short or long. 

For instance using centimeter, inches or feet to denote the distance between two places would not be an appropriate unit as they are smaller comapred to a meter.

The most common units that we use to measure the length in the metric system are millimeter, centimeter, meter, and kilometer.

meter, how long is a meter, metric system

From the above image, we can understand the relationship between meters, centimeters, and kilometers.

Meter can also be related other units for measuring length.

1 meter 39.37 inches
1 meter 3.28 feet
1 meter 1.094 yards
1 mile  1609.34 meter

Inches, feet, yards, and miles are other units of length that can be compared with the meter.

So, if someone is trying to find how many feet are there in a meter or what is more a yard or a meter, we can get answer to these questions by using the relation given in the above table.


length comparison

Here in the above image, the meter stick is a little longer than the yardstick. 

A meter is a little longer than a yard.

1 meter = 1.094 yards

important notes to remember
Important Notes
  1. Small units of length are called millimeters.
  2. 10 millimeters = 1 centemeter
  3. 100 centimeters = 1 meter
  4. 1000 meters = 1 kilometer

Solved Examples

Example 1



The width of a door is 36 inches. Mike wants to know its width in meters. Can you help him with the conversion?

Yard to meter


Width of door = 36 inches

\begin{align} 1\,\text { inch} &= 0.0254\, \text {meter}\\\therefore 36\,\text { inch}& = 36 \times 0.0254\\ &=0.9144\,\text {meter} \end{align}

\(0.9144\approx  0.9\)

\(\therefore\) Width of door = 0.9 meter
Example 2



James wants to know the better way to calculate the length of a pen. He has two options: 14 cm  or 14 mm. Can you help him to decide the correct value?

length, centimeter


A millimeter is a very small unit used to measure small objects such the thickness of a plastic id card, the thickness of a piece of paper or the thickness of your thin mobile phone that Mom and Dad got you for Christmas.

A pen is much longer than the above-mentioned objects.

\(\therefore\) The better estimation for the length of a pen is 14 cm.
Example 3



Rooney is trying to convert 5 meter into feet. Can you help him with the answer?


Rooney will be able to do the coversion when he has the knowledge of how long is a meter in feet. 

\begin{align} 1\,\text { meter} &= 3.28 \,\text {feet}\\\therefore 5\,\text { meter}& = 5 \times 3.28\\ &=16.4\,\text {feet} \end{align}

\(\therefore 5\,\text { meter }= 16.4\,\text { feet}\)
Example 4



Henry's dad put up a beautiful Christmas tree at home. What will be its estimated height, 6 inches or 6 feet?

feet, inches, length


An inch is a small unit used to estimate the length of small objects such as a sharpener, an eraser, etc. 

The Christmas tree is much taller than the above-mentioned objects.

\(\therefore\) Its estimated height is 6 feet
Example 5



Roy has to cover a distance of 5 km to reach school. He wants to denote this distance in terms of meter. 

What will be the value in meter?


\begin{align} 1\,\text {km} &= 1000\text {meter}\\\therefore 5 \,\text {km} &=5\times 1000\\&=5000 \,\text {meter}\end{align}

\(\therefore \text {Distance }=5000\,\text { meter}\)
tips and tricks
Tips and Tricks
  1. The order of measurement of length in the metric system is millimeters, centimeter, meter, and kilometer
  2. To convert centimeters to meters, divide the length by 100
  3. To convert kilometers to meters, multiply the length by 1000

Interactive Questions

Here are a few activities for you. Select/Type your answer and click the "Check answer" button to see the results.


Let's Summarize

We hope you enjoyed learning about How Long Is A Meter with the simulations and practice questions. Now you will be able to easily solve problems on how long is a meter in feet, how long is a meter in cm, how many feet in a meter.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. How many feet go into a mile?

1 mile is equal to 5280 feet.

2. How far in miles is 1000 meter?

1000 meters is equal to 0.621 miles.

3. How can I measure 1 meter without a ruler?

We can use our arms with fingers extended and measures to the tips of the fingers.

This is a freehand way to estimate meters, although there may be a small difference between actually measuring it with a scale and measuring it with your arm.

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