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Pounds to Tons Conversion

Enter the weight in pounds below to get the value converted to tons.

How to Convert Pounds to Tons

To convert a pound measurement to a ton measurement, divide the weight by the conversion ratio.

Since one ton is equal to 2,000 pounds, you can use this simple formula to convert:

tons = pounds ÷ 2,000

The weight in tons is equal to the pounds divided by 2,000.

For example, here's how to convert 5,000 pounds to tons using the formula above.

5,000 lb = (5,000 ÷ 2,000) = 2.5 t


Pounds are a widely used unit of mass/weight in the United States. The National Bureau of Standards approved the international definition of the pound for use in the United States in 1959 after an agreement between six nations referred to as the International Yard and Pound Agreement.[1]

One pound is equal to 16 ounces, or 0.45359237 kilograms. In the avoirdupois or apothecaries' systems, one pound is equal to 7,000 grains.[2]


One short ton, sometimes called a US ton, is equal to 2,000 pounds and is mostly used in the US as a unit of mass/weight.[3] The short ton should not be confused with the long ton, which is used mostly in the United Kingdom, or the metric ton which is used in most other countries.

The ton is a US customary unit of weight. A ton is sometimes also referred to as a short ton. Tons can be abbreviated as t; for example, 1 ton can be written as 1 t.

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