I’ve traveled all around the world to many cities, both large and small, and the difference in city layouts has always interested me. When strolling through cities, I’ve often wondered, “exactly how many of these city blocks are in one mile?”

The number of blocks in a mile might seem like an easy question to answer, but in reality, it varies between each city or even direction. One city might only have nine blocks per mile while another might have 30 blocks per mile. It all depends.

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In this article, I will explain what a city block is, discuss grid plans, and answer how many blocks are in a mile.

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What is a city block?Grid plans created blocksHow many blocks are in a mile?
What is a city block?

A city block (also known as a block) is an area of land that is surrounded by streets. Each city will have different sizes and shapes of blocks. Some blocks might be square and some might be a rectangle, but blocks are created because of grid planning.

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Grid plans created blocks

A grid plan is simply a city development strategy that has streets running at right angles with each other.

The whole point of a grid plan is to have buildings built between roads utilizing space efficiently. Buildings are typically cheaper and more efficient to build when using right angles for streets. This also allows land not to be wasted. Take a look at The Great American Grid and how varied some of the city grid layouts are.

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Steve is a senior contributor for les-grizzlys-catalans.org and spends close to 300 nights a year in hotels while traveling the world and trying to eat as much as he can. Steve has spoken at summits like the FBZ Elite Summit in Austin. He holds top-tier elite status with almost every hotel program as a Marriott Ambassador, Hyatt Globalist, Hilton Diamond, IHG Spire, and GHA Black. Utilizing credit card points and miles, Steve takes over 100 flights per year while experiencing some of the top first class and business class cabin in the sky.