How Do You Convert Centimeters to Meters?

One meter equals 100 centimeters, so centimeters can be converted to meters by dividing the number of centimeters by 100 or multiplying the number by 0.01. For example, to convert 2,000 centimeters to meters, divide 2,000 by 100 for a total of 20 meters.

Another simple method is to move the decimal point in the number of centimeters two places to the left. Centimeters and meters are units of length in the decimal system, a system of measurement based on the number 10. For instance, 1 meter also equals 1,000 millimeters and 10 decimeters, and 1 kilometer equals 1,000 meters. Moving the decimal point to the right or left allows conversion between any of these units.