# Square mile

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*This article is about the unit of measure. In England,***the Square Mile**is a traditional name for the City of London.

A **square mile** (symbol **sq. mi.** or **mi²**) is an imperial unit which is the area of a square whose side is one mile (or 5,280 feet). A square mile is equal to 27,878,400 square feet, 640 acres, or roughly 2½ square kilometres (2.589988 km², to be more exact). In the Public Land Survey System of the US and the Dominion Land Survey of Canada, the size of a standard section of land is one square mile. Note that the abbreviation *sq. mi.* is more common than *mi²*, as the use of a superscript *2* to indicate a squared unit is more common with SI units.

*See also*: Conversion of units