# What is a Map Scale?

Map scale is the reduction ratio we use when transferring a map or plan of a place from real life to plane.

## What are the types of map scales?

There are 3 types, in fact, they all say the same thing, but in different ways.

1. Fractional Map Scale
2. Linear/Graphic/Bar Map Scale
3. Verbal Map Scale

Let’s dive in,

### Fractional Map Scale

The reduction ratio is a scale expressed in fractional numbers. Such as 1/500, 1/5.000, 1/50.000, and 1/500.000. The numerator is always 1 in fractional scales. The number in the denominator shows how many times the mapped area has been reduced. For example 1: 3000 shows that 1 unit on the map equals 3000 units on the earth’s surface ### Linear/Graphic/Bar Map Scale

A linear scale is a line divided into equal parts. It is used in maps to show the relationship between a specific distance on the map and the actual distance on earth. ### Verbal Map Scale

A given scale tells you exactly how much distance is represented by 1 cm. As you can see Map Scale is that simple to understand.

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