How Do You Calculate the Distance Between Two Different Zip Codes?


Quick Answer

To calculate the distance between two different ZIP codes, go to a site that provides directions, such as Google Maps, and enter the two ZIP codes in the search box. Information displayed includes the number of miles between the ZIP codes, as well as time needed to travel using a variety of methods. Other sites that can be used to calculate the distance are MapQuest and Travel Math.

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The steps below can be used to calculate the distance, in miles, between two ZIP codes using Google Maps. Similar steps can be used for other sites that provide travel directions.

  1. Go to the website
  2. Go to the website for Google Maps.

  3. Enter the two ZIP codes
  4. Enter the ZIP code for the destination of origin in the top text box. Enter the ZIP code for the arrival destination in the second text box. Click on the magnifying glass to calculate the distance.

  5. View the results
  6. View the results of the search. For example, if the ZIP codes entered were for New York City, New York (10001) and Boston, Massachusetts (20115), the driving distance is 211 miles. Users can also choose to view the amount of time needed to travel by plane, public transportation and walking to determine the best method for traveling between the two ZIP codes.

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