I know there are several questions regarding issues with with $area function in the field calculator out there, however, but I could not find anything on this exact topic.
All my layers and the projects are set with CRS NAD83 UTM Zone 7. I recently downloaded the new version (2.18) of QGIS.
My $area output for the layer is huge (2241602779.0000). I know the outputs are supposed to be in meters, however, if they were in centimeters it may make sense. Is this possible? Could I have some setting wrong in my field calculator?
I tried starting a new project, setting project projection and only loading the layer of interest with the same results.
I looked at the units for distance and area measurements in the project properties, and these are both set in meters, and square meters.
I am not certain how to proceed.