Can Americans understand centimeters?

Have you ever wondered if American can understand centimeters? If you would ask a few pedestrians how many centimeters are in an inch – do you think they would know the answer? If you are interested in this topic, keep reading. We will dispel all your doubts.


It is not a secret that in the United States are used inches, not centimeters. Inch is a base unit of length in this country. But does it mean that American do not understand centimeters at all?


Most of Americans have heard about centimeters for sure. Of course, it does not mean that all of them can tell you how many centimeters are in one inch.


It works the other way too. In Europe are used centimeters, not inches. Of course, most Europeans have heard about inches. But not all of them can say without checking how many inches are in one centimeter. It is totally understandable.


Know how many inches are in a centimeter is one thing. The second thing is understanding inch to centimeter conversion. To make an inch to cm calculation you need only a formula. If you will show an inch to cm formula to Americans, they also can make a conversion.


We have told you about a formula so we want to show you it too. Before we give it to you we also want to tell you how many centimeters are in an inch and how many inches are in a centimeter. Have a look:

  • 1 centimeter = 0.3937 inches,

  • 1 inch = 2.54 centimeters.


Okay, so here is an inch to cm formula:


Number of inches * 2.54 = the result in centimeters


So let’s try this formula. Centimeters and inches are used often to measure human height. For instance, someone is 71 inches. Calculate it to centimeters. How can you make an inch to cm calculation? Just multiply number of inches, in this case 71, by 2.54. It gives 180.34 cm. We can round it off to the full number. So the final result is 180 cm.


As you can see, using of this formula is not complicated. All of you can easily make an inch to cm calculation using it – regardless of you are European, American or other nationality.