Tape measures can be used to measure units of length, and a calculator can be used to convert to another unit

Convert Centimeters to Inches

Convert from centimeters to inches with this simple formula:
inches = centimeters × 0.393701
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1 Centimeter = 0.393701 Inches

Learn How to Convert Centimeters to Inches Using our Conversion Formula

Converting a centimeter length measurement to an inch measurement involves multiplying your length by the conversion ratio to find the result. A centimeter is equal to 0.393701 inches, so to convert simply multiply by 0.393701.

For example, 5cm = (5 × 0.393701) = 1.968504".

Our inch fraction calculator can add centimeters and inches together and it also automatically converts the results to both imperial and metric values.

Centimeters and inches are both units used to measure length. Learn more about length and find more length measurement conversion calculators. A centimeter is a metric measurement and can be abbreviated as cm, for example 1cm. An inch is an imperial measurement and can be abbreviated as in, for example 1in. Learn more about the metric system, including the common unit prefixes and how to convert between metric units.

Internationally the centimeter is actually spelled centimetre and it's equal to 10 millimeters, .01 meters, or .393701 inches. Metric rulers have 30cm and they are the larger measurement. A standard pencil is just about 1cm thick, and can be used to get a rough idea of the size of a centimeter.

A pencil is just about 1cm thick and is a good reference point for a centimeter's actual size

The actual length of an inch has varied becuase of variances of the length of a foot. Throughout history it has been equal to 1/12 - 1/16 of a foot, but there are now exactly 12 inches in a foot. In 1959 the world agreed to the exact length of the national yard, .9144 meters. As such a foot is equal to .3048 meters and an inch is equal to 2.54 centimeters.

A quarter is .955" in diameter, which is just smaller than 1"

The standard ruler has 12", and metric combinations have 30cm. Inches are also often measured using tape measures which commonly come in lengths from 6' - 35'. Other types of measuring devices include scales, calipers, measuring wheels, micrometers, yardsticks, and even lasers.

We recommend using a ruler or tape measure for measuring length, which can be found at a local retailer or home center. Rulers are available in imperial, metric, or combination with both values, so make sure you get the correct type for your needs. If you need a ruler you can also download and print our free printable rulers which include both imperial and metric measurements.

centimeters and inches are units used to measure length
Convert Inches to Centimeters

More Length Conversions

Convert to Miles Length
1cm is equal to 6.2137E-6 miles
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1cm is equal to 0.010936 yards
Convert to Feet Length
1cm is equal to 0.032808 feet
Convert to Kilometers Length
1cm is equal to 1.0E-5 kilometers
Convert to Meters Length
1cm is equal to 0.01 meters
Convert to Millimeters Length
1cm is equal to 10 millimeters
Convert to Micrometers Length
1cm is equal to 10,000 micrometers
Convert to Nanometers Length
1cm is equal to 10,000,000 nanometers

Centimeter Measurements and Equivalent Inch Conversions

Common centimeter values converted to the equivalent inch value
Centimeters Inches Centimeters Inches Centimeters Inches
1 0.393701" 21 8.2677" 41 16.14"
2 0.787402" 22 8.6614" 42 16.54"
3 1.1811" 23 9.0551" 43 16.93"
4 1.5748" 24 9.4488" 44 17.32"
5 1.9685" 25 9.8425" 45 17.72"
6 2.3622" 26 10.24" 46 18.11"
7 2.7559" 27 10.63" 47 18.5"
8 3.1496" 28 11.02" 48 18.9"
9 3.5433" 29 11.42" 49 19.29"
10 3.937" 30 11.81" 50 19.69"
11 4.3307" 31 12.2" 51 20.08"
12 4.7244" 32 12.6" 52 20.47"
13 5.1181" 33 12.99" 53 20.87"
14 5.5118" 34 13.39" 54 21.26"
15 5.9055" 35 13.78" 55 21.65"
16 6.2992" 36 14.17" 56 22.05"
17 6.6929" 37 14.57" 57 22.44"
18 7.0866" 38 14.96" 58 22.83"
19 7.4803" 39 15.35" 59 23.23"
20 7.874" 40 15.75" 60 23.62"