One centimeter equals 0.3937 inches, so 157 centimeters equals 61.81 inches, or 5.15 feet. This is a little bit longer than 5 feet 1 3/4 inches.
There are 100 centimeters in a meter, which is a standard measure of length used in the metric system. It is a little more than 3 feet 3 inches long.
The metric system is a decimal system, meaning the multiples and sub-multiples of the various units are based on powers of ten. The metric system is the accepted system of measurement throughout the world. As of 2014, the United States is the only industrialized nation that has not officially adopted it.