Square mile

The square mile (abbreviated as sq mi and sometimes as mi2)[1] is an imperial and US unit of measure for area. One square mile is an area equal to the area of a square with sides of length one mile.[2]


One square mile is equal to:

  • 4,014,489,600 square inches[3]
  • 27,878,400 square feet
  • 3,097,600 square yards
  • 2,560 roods
  • 640 acres

One square mile is also equivalent to:

Similarly-named units

Miles square

Square miles should not be confused with miles square, a square region with each side having a length of the value given. For example, a region which is 20 miles square (20 mi × 20 mi) has an area of 400 sq mi; a rectangle of measuring 10 mi × 40 mi also has an area of 400 sq mi, but is not 20 miles square.


In the United States Public Land Survey System, "square mile" is an informal synonym for section.


  1. Rowlett, Russ (September 1, 2004). "S", How Many? A Dictionary of Units of Measurement. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved February 22, 2012.
  2. Davies, Charles (1872). Mathematical dictionary and cyclopedia of mathematical science. Original from Harvard University: A.S. Barnes and co. p. 582.
  3. François Cardarelli (2003). Encyclopaedia of scientific units, weights, and measures: their SI equivalences and origins. Springer. p. 3. ISBN 978-1-85233-682-0. Retrieved 22 February 2012.
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