How far is a degree of latitude and longitude?


A degree of latitude, one degree north or south, is about the same distance anywhere, about 69 miles (111 kilometers). But a degree of longitude, one degree east or west, is a different distance at different points on the globe. At the equator, a degree of longitude is the same as a degree of latitude, about 69 miles (111 km). But it decreases as you move closer to the north or south pole.

Fill in your latitude to find out how long a degree of longitude is at that distance from the equator.

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(You can look up your latitude and longitude here.)


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