What Is My Elevation

Discover Your Altitude Instantly!


What Is This?

This site helps you find the height above sea level of your current location or any point on Earth. When accessed from a phone that supports altitude readings, the reading will come directly from your device's altimeter and will update automatically as you move, even working offline. When accessed from a computer, your elevation is loaded from our API based on your location.

What Is Elevation?

Elevation is a measurement of height above sea level, typically referring to the height of a point on the Earth's surface. It's not the same as altitude, which is the height of an object above the ground (like an airplane). While "elevation" is the preferred term for the height of your current location, "altitude" and "height above sea level" are also commonly used.

How Is Elevation Calculated?

Using an Altimeter

An altimeter measures altitude by calculating differences in atmospheric pressure. Inside an altimeter is a barometer, which measures air pressure. As you travel upwards, the pressure decreases, causing the bellows inside the barometer to expand, giving you an accurate reading of your height above sea level. Modern smartphones contain barometers that can function as altimeters, measuring elevation or the number of steps you've climbed. In areas with poor GPS reception, an altimeter can be more accurate than GPS-based elevation readings and does not require an Internet connection.

Using a Digital Elevation Model (DEM)

Satellite data from NASA and other agencies can be combined to create a DEM, a detailed list of elevation values for points on the Earth's surface. GPS can then fetch the elevation value from the DEM. The Earth's surface is irregular, which affects gravity and creates the shape of bodies of water. The geoid is the hypothetical shape the Earth's surface would take if it were a single ocean without winds or tides, used as a reference for land surveyors to determine elevation, also known as "height above mean sea level."

Notable Elevations

The highest point on Earth is Mt. Everest, about 29,000 feet above sea level. The lowest point is the Mariana Trench, approximately 35,000 feet below sea level. In the United States, the highest elevation is Denali in Alaska, and the lowest is the Badwater Basin, 281 feet below sea level.

How Do You Find Your Elevation?

Using this website, you can find your elevation no matter where you are. The site uses GPS data from your phone, which also helps you navigate apps like Google Maps. Your phone acts as a receiver for satellite data, and the time it takes for each satellite signal to reach the receiver is measured to estimate your three-dimensional position on Earth accurately.

You can also determine the elevation for any location in the world by entering an address. The site will provide its elevation in feet or meters.

Web vs. Phone Elevation

On a mobile device with a built-in altimeter, your elevation is determined by your phone’s altitude reading by default, which updates in real-time as you move. This method may be less accurate but works offline. On a desktop computer or when searching for an address, your elevation is determined by your GPS coordinates based on satellite data.

Elevation Atlas

Our elevation atlas lists countries and cities to help you find the elevation of any location worldwide. You can also use the search bar to find the elevation of any location.