How to Calculate Your Height From Feet to Meters

By Kat Walcott
The average height for a 9-year-old-girl in the U.S. is 4 foot 4 inches.
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Most of the world uses the metric system, so when you travel, you might need to know how to convert your height from feet to meters. The United States is the only major country that exclusively uses the U.S. customary units system of measurement, although a few countries use a combination of Imperial or customary units and the metric system. You convert your height from feet to meters with a simple formula.

Feet to Meters Conversion

Since you will be converting from feet to meters, make sure you know your height in feet and inches. If your height is 5 foot 2 inches, convert this into inches only. Since there are 12 inches in a foot, multiply the 5 feet by 12 and then add the two additional inches. The formula would be the following:

5 * 12 + 2 = 62

Therefore, your height is 62 inches. Next, divide 62 by 12, to find out what 62 inches is in feet only. You should get a decimal number, with an equation that looks like this:

62/12 = 5.16666667

Therefore, the height is 5.16666667 ft.

Now that you know your height in feet, you can easily convert it to meters. There are 0.3048 meters in a foot, so to convert feet to meters, multiply the number of feet by 0.3048. The equation would be the following:

5.16666667 * 0.3048 = 1.5748

Therefore, your height in meters is 1.5748 meters.

About the Author

Based in Gatineau, Canada, Kat Walcott has been writing entertainment and informative articles since 2008. Her work has appeared in major publications including Her Campus, Equals6 and Uppercase. She holds an honors diploma in social science from Heritage College and is currently majoring in communication studies and minoring in sexuality studies.