Map Scale Reference, Metric System

The table below shows the relationship between a distance on a map and a distance on the surface of the Earth, for commonly used map scales, in metric system.

APSalin Map Scale Reference Table (Metric System)
Map Scale One cm on map represents One km on the Earth is represented on the map by
1:2,000 20 m 50 cm
1:5,000 50 m 20 cm
1:6,000 60 m 16.66 cm
1:9,000 90 m 11.11 cm
1:10,000 100 m 10 cm
1:12,000 120 m 8.33 cm
1:20,000 200 m 5 cm
1:24,000 240 m 4.17 cm
1:25,000 250 m 4 cm
1:31,680 317 m 3.16 cm
1:50,000 500 m 2 cm
1:62,500 625 m 1.60 cm
1:63,360 634 m 1.58 cm
1:80,000 800 m 1.25 cm
1:100,000 1,000 m 1 cm
1:125,000 1,250 m 0.80 cm
1:126,720 1,267 m 0.79 cm
1:250,000 2,500 m 0.40 cm
1:500,000 5,000 m 0.20 cm
1:1,000,000 10,000 m 0.10 cm
1:5,000,000 50,000 m 0.02 cm
1:10,000,000 100,000 m 0.01 cm

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