Point Distance Units

Discussion created by nohammar on May 28, 2013
Latest reply on May 31, 2013 by nohammar
Hello all,

I am a new user. I am just trying to get the distance from hospital addresses to other addresses within a certain radius. So far the steps I have gone through are:

  1. used geoprocessing to get the x/y coordinates of the addresses.

  2. created an xy feature class

  3. projected on the geographic NAD83 plane using define projection

  4. used the point distance tool with same input and near of xy coordinates

However, the distance in the resulting table output appears to be in decimal degrees. Another forum post said that I could add a field in the output distance table and use the field calculator to convert to miles using python. However, I can not find an example of the correct expression for this language. Is there a built in converter tool to miles using the projection? What is the best way to get around this problem?

Thank you for your help.