One hundred and seventy centimeters converts to just under 5 feet 7 inches or 1.7 meters. Centimeters and meters are a part of the International System of Units, while feet and inches are the U.S. customary units for height and length.
Each centimeter equals a hundredth of a meter. To convert centimeters to meters, the number of centimeters is divided by 100. There are 2.54 centimeters in an inch, so dividing the number of centimeters by 2.54 converts the centimeters to inches. There are 12 inches per foot, so dividing the result from the centimeter-to-inch conversion by 12 provides the total feet and inches.