How much weight is a ton?


Quick Answer

A U.S. ton is equal to 2,000 pounds, which is also called the short ton. A British ton is equal to 2,240 pounds, and it is also known as the long ton. A metric ton is equal to about 2,204 pounds, closer to the British ton than the American ton.

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Both types of tons are the equivalent of 20 hundredweights. However, how many pounds are in a hundredweight is defined differently in the United States than it is in the United Kingdom. In the United States, 100 pounds are in a hundredweight, while in the United Kingdom, 112 pounds are in a hundredweight.

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