# How to read the area column in QGIS?

I have few problems understanding how units are managed in QGIS. According to the area column I created for a shapefile, the area of a shape is 0.7727... I just checked on Wikipedia and indeed the area of the region is 7,727 km2. So in which unit is the area column expressed? It was my understanding that because my projection was WSG84 all the units are in meters, so why my column doesn't say 7.727×10^9?

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WSG84 is degree based. – Nathan W Feb 11 '13 at 5:25
It might co-ordinate system problem..try UTM projection and choose the zone according to your area wise (like 32,33 etc.) – Sunil Feb 11 '13 at 5:28
(Re-project your layer and then try) useful for you projection transformation in QGIS gis.stackexchange.com/questions/10087/… – Sunil Feb 11 '13 at 5:31
Your polygon wouldn't be located near 37 degrees latitude, would it? Around that latitude, one square degree equals 10,000 square kilometers, so 0.7727 square degrees would indeed be 7,727 square kilometers. (This is true only for small rectangular polygons, unfortunately: you cannot reliably convert square decimal degrees to areas, because the conversion depends on the polygon's shape as well as its location.) – whuber Feb 11 '13 at 17:56