The acre is unusual measurement unit used in the imperial and US systems. It's basically only used for measuring land. So how big is an acre?
One acre is 43,560 square feet, which can appear in any shape. The most common acre is area of one chain by one furlong (66 by 660 feet).
It's difficult to imagine the size just by numbers, therefore, we have prepared for you 14 different visual comparisons to better understand the size on an acre:
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1) How big is an Acre compared to Football Field?
The American football field is the most common comparison of an acre. One acre is smaller than a football field but not that much. There are 1.32 acres in a Football field (or 0.76 football fields in one acre).
2) Boeing Aircraft
Another great comparison is the aircraft. Dimensions of Boeing 737-700 are 110 ft 4 in (33.6 m) length and 117 ft 5 in (35.8 m) wingspan. Three Boeing 737-700 aircrafts parked next to each other can fit into one acre.
3) Basketball Courts
How many basketball courts can fit into one Acre? A standard basketball court is 94 feet long and 50 feet wide (which makes 4,700 square feet). One acre is 43,560 square feet. 43,560 feet divided by 4,700 is 9.26. Therefore 9.26 basketball courts can fit inside one acre.
4) Walking the Length of Acre
Length of a square acre is 208.71 feet. Everyone walks at slightly different speed, however, the usual walking speed is around 4 miles per hour. If you would walk at this speed, you would cross the length of square acre in 36 seconds.
5) Tennis Courts
How many tennis courts can fit into one Acre? A standard tennis court is 78 feet long and 36 feet wide (which makes 2,808 square feet). One acre is 43,560 square feet. 43,560 feet divided by 2,808 is 15.51. Therefore 15.51 tennis courts can fit inside one acre.
6) Baseball Field
Another comparison we have for you is to a baseball field. This one is trickier because baseball fields sizes vary. The official rules are that the minimum distance from home plate to left field distance must be at least 320 feet. Therefore, if we compare it to this size, one acre would fill approximately 0.43 baseball fields.
7) Running Track
Two acres can fit inside a standard 400m running track. It's a large enough area to accommodate all the other athletics disciplines (including javelin throw) and also a standard soccer pitch.
8) Ice Hockey Rink
The official dimensions of the NHL ice hockey rink are 200 feet (length) by 85 feet (width). This means that two complete ice hockey rinks can fit inside one square acre.
9) Soccer Pitch
Not all soccer pitches are the same size, though the preferred size for many professional teams' stadiums is 115 yards (length) by 74 yards (width). Which makes an area of 76,900 square feet. One acre is 43,560 square feet, which means that one acre is approximately 0.57 soccer pitches.
Tractors obviously vary in size. We took dimensions of a legendary John Deere 730, which is 130.3 inches long and 86.625 inches wide. If you park them very close to each other, you could theoretically fit 560 of these tractors inside one acre.
11) Sprint World Record
Current world record in 100m sprint is held by Usain Bolt, who was able to finish 100m run in 9.58 seconds (it happened in 2009 in Berlin, Germany). His average speed was 23.35 mph. It would take him approximately 6 seconds to cross the length of square acre.
12) How big is an Acre compared to the Vatican?
Vatican is the smallest country in the world. It's total area is 0.17 square miles, which is approximately 109 acres.
13) Central Park
Central Park in Manhattan, New York has an area of approx. 1.3 square miles. Which means that 843 acres fit inside Central Park.
14) Laptop Screens
Standard 4:3 17in laptop screen is 13.78 inches wide and 10.24 inches high, which makes an area of 352.36 square inches. If you lay these screens on the grass close to each other, you could fit a whopping 17,800 inside one acre.
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How big is an Acre compared to Football Field?
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How many Boeing Aircrafts can fit inside one acre?
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How long it takes to walk the length of square acre?
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