# Square Mile (MI^{2}) Conversions

The mile (Symbol: **mi ^{2}** or

**sq. mi**) is an imperial and US unit of measure for an area equal to the area of a square with a side length of one statute mile. When applied to a portion of the earth's surface, "square mile" is an informal synonym for section. Total population in a square mile is derived by dividing the total number of residents by the number of square miles of land area in the specified geographic area.

Land area measurements are originally recorded as whole square meters. Square meters are converted to square kilometers by dividing by 1,000,000; square kilometers are converted to square miles by dividing by 2.58999; square meters are converted to square miles by dividing by 2,589,988.