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FAQ: What are some common map scales?

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What are some common map scales?

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Common map scales with equivalents in feet and miles:

Code:
Map scale One inch on the map One mile on the Earth is
represents represented on the map by
1:1,000 83.42 feet 63.36 inches
1:1,200 100 52.80
1:2,000 186.24 31.68
1:2,400 200 26.40
1:2,500 208.56 25.30
1:4,800 400 13.20
1:5,000 417.12 12.67
1:6,000 500 10.56
1:9,000 750 7.04
1:9,600 800 6.60
1:10,000 834.24 6.34
1:12,000 1000 5.28
1:15,840 1320 4
1:20,000 1668.48 3.17
1:24,000 2000 2.64
1:25,000 2085.60 2.53
1:31,680 0.500 miles 2
1:50,000 0.789 1.27
1:62,500 0.986 1.014
1:63,360 1 1
1:80,000 1.26 0.792
1:100,000 1.58 0.634
1:125,000 1.97 0.507
1:126,720 2 0.5
1:250,000 3.95 0.253
1:500,000 7.89 0.127
1:1,000,000 15.78 0.063
1:2.000,000 31.56 0.032
1:3,000,000 47.35 0.021
1:5,000,000 78.91 0.013
1:10,000,000 157.82 0.006
1:25,000,000 394.57 0.002


Common map scales with equivalents in meters and kilometers:
Code:
Map scale One cm on the map One km on the Earth is
represents represented on the map by
1:1,000 10 meters 100 cm
1:1,200 12 83.33
1:2,000 20 50
1:2,400 24 41.66
1:2,500 25 40
1:4,800 48 20.83
1:5,000 50 20
1:6,000 60 16.66
1:9,000 90 11.11
1:9,600 96 10.42
1:10,000 100 10
1:12,000 120 8.33
1:15,840 150 6.32
1:20,000 200 5
1:24,000 240 4.17
1:25,000 250 4
1:31,680 317 3.16
1:50,000 500 2
1:62,500 625 1.60
1:63,360 634 1.58
1:80,000 800 1.25
1:100,000 1000 1
1:125,000 1250 0.80
1:126,720 1267 0.79
1:250,000 2500 0.40
1:500,000 5000 0.20
1:1,000,000 10 km 0.10
1:2.000,000 20 0.05
1:3,000,000 20 0.03
1:5,000,000 50 0.02
1:10,000,000 100 0.01
1:25,000,000 250 0.004

Examples:
USGS 7.5 quad sheet 1:24,000
British Ordnance Survey 'Pathfinder' 1:25,000
USGS 15 minute quad sheet 1:62,500
British Ordnance Survey 'Landranger' 1:50,000
USGS 30 x 60 minute quad sheet 1:100,000