Nautical And Statute Mile Calculator And Conversions

Chris Riley by Chris Riley Updated on March 8, 2020. In Tools and Calculators

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Statute Miles vs. Nautical Miles
How to convert nautical miles to miles and miles to nautical miles:

A statute mile is 5,280 feet in length.
A nautical mile is 6,076.11549… feet in length.


Nautical Miles to Statute Miles Calculator

Statute Miles:

Statute Miles to Nautical Miles Calculator

Nautical Miles:


To convert from statute to nautical miles a factor of 1.15 is generally used, even though it is not precise.

(5,280 feet X 1.15) = 6,072 feet (4.11549…feet less than 1 nautical mile).You could add 4.1 feet for each statute mile to be converted. So the new formula would be: {(5280 feet x 1.15)+ 4.1 feet} divided by 6,076.1 feet = 1 nautical mile.

To convert from nautical to statute miles: The factor 1.15 may be used, but again, it is not precise.

(6076.1 divided by 1.15) = 5,283 feet (3.565..feet more than 1 statute mile). Using a precomputed table (such as Bowditch’s Table 20) will result in the more precise answers.

If you’re looking for a less precise answer that can be done with quick calculations, here are a few things that might help you:

statute miles x .87 = nautical miles

nautical miles x 1.15 = statute miles

As a rule of thumb, roughly 7 nautical miles equals 8 statute miles. You can convert nautical to statute by multiplying nautical miles by 8 and dividing the product by seven. To reverse the conversion, statute miles times 7, then divide by 8.

A Nautical Mile is 1/60th of a degree or one minute of latitude. Be sure you know what distance measurement is being used on the charts you are working with. There are four common measures of distance used on charts:

  • Nautical miles are used on ocean and coastal waters.
  • Statute miles are used for inland areas such as the Intracoastal Waterway and the Great Lakes.
  • Yards are often used to define distances of a mile or less.
  • Meters are being seen increasingly on U.S. charts and are used almost exclusively on Canadian and other charts of the world.

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1 Comment

  • John Mitzelfelt on July 5, 2022

    I utilize nautical miles because I’m an airplane pilot but not a boater. All aviation charts are laid out using nautical miles as well as measuring distances between navigational fixes, etc …. as in boating , of course.

    I use the conversion “ nautical miles to statue miles” when talking to my landlubber friends when talking to them while here on earth.


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