Convert km to cm
Please provide values below to convert kilometer [km] to centimeter [cm], or vice versa.
Definition: A kilometer (symbol: km) is a unit of length in the International System of Units (SI). One kilometer is equivalent to 0.6214 miles.
History/origin: The prefix kilo- is a metric prefix indicating one thousand. One kilometer is therefore one thousand meters. The origin of the kilometer is linked to that of the meter, and its current definition as the distance traveled by light in 1/299 792 458 second. This definition is subject to change, but the relationship between the meter and the kilometer will remain constant.
Current use: It is currently the official unit of measurement for expressing distances between geographical places on land in most of the world. However, there still remain a number of countries that primarily use the mile instead of the kilometer including the United States and the United Kingdom (UK). Unlike the United States, the UK has adopted the metric system; while the metric system is widely used in government, commerce, and industry, remnants of the imperial system can still be seen in the UK's use of miles in its road systems.
Definition: A centimeter (symbol: cm) is a unit of length in the International System of Units (SI), the current form of the metric system. It is defined as 1/100 meters.
History/origin: A centimeter is based on the SI unit meter, and as the prefix "centi" indicates, is equal to one hundredth of a meter. Metric prefixes range from factors of 10-18 to 1018 based on a decimal system, with the base (in this case the meter) having no prefix and having a factor of 1. Learning some of the more commonly used metric prefixes, such as kilo-, mega-, giga-, tera-, centi-, milli-, micro-, and nano-, can be helpful for quickly navigating metric units.
Current use: The centimeter, like the meter, is used in all sorts of applications worldwide (in countries that have undergone metrication) in instances where a smaller denomination of the meter is required. Height is commonly measured in centimeters outside of countries like the United States.
Kilometer to Centimeter Conversion Table
|Kilometer [km]||Centimeter [cm]|
|0.01 km||1000 cm|
|0.1 km||10000 cm|
|1 km||100000 cm|
|2 km||200000 cm|
|3 km||300000 cm|
|5 km||500000 cm|
|10 km||1000000 cm|
|20 km||2000000 cm|
|50 km||5000000 cm|
|100 km||10000000 cm|
|1000 km||100000000 cm|
How to Convert Kilometer to Centimeter
1 km = 100000 cm
1 cm = 1.0E-5 km
Example: convert 15 km to cm:
15 km = 15 × 100000 cm = 1500000 cm