**Kilometers to centimeters (km to cm)** metric length units conversion factor is 100 000. To find out how many centimeters there are in kilometers, multiply the kilometer value by the conversion factor or use the converter.

**1 Kilometer = 100 000 Centimeters**

**There are 100 000 (one hundred thousand) centimeters in a kilometer**, because from the largest to the smallest units from kilometer to centimeter, there are 10 hectometers (hm) in a kilometer, 10 dekameters (dam) in a hectometer and 10 meters (m) in a dekameter, 10 decimeters (dm) in a meter and 10 centimeters (cm) in a decimeter, that makes 10 hm * 10 dam * 10 m * 10 dm * 10 cm = 100 000 centimeters in a kilometer.

For example, to find out how many centimeters in 1/4 kilometer, multiply the kilometer value by the conversion factor, 1/4 km * 100 000 (cm in 1 km) = 25 000 cm in 1/4 km.

**Kilometer** (**kilometre** in SI spelling) is a metric length unit and equals to 1000 meters. It is mostly used to measure the distance between two geographical locations. Kilometer is shorter than a mile (1 mile is 1.60934 km). There are 3280.84 feet or 39370.1 inches in a kilometer. The abbreviation for kilometer is "**km**".

**Centimeter** (**centimetre** in SI spelling) is a metric unit and equals to one hundredth of a meter which is base metric length unit. There are 2.54 centimeters in an inch. The abbreviation for centimeter is "**cm**".