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We moved out of the city a few years back, whenever our friends come out they always ask how big our land was. To be honest, I was never quite sure. So I tell them it’s about an acre. Naturally, this brings up the question, “How much is an acre?” Here is the definite answer to how much an acre is.

How big is an acre?

An acre is 43,560 square feet, 4,046.84 square meters, 4,840 square yards, 1/640 of a square mile (0.0015625), 0.404686 of a hectare, and 6,272,640 in square inches.

 

Acreage Calculator Conversion Tool:

This is a handy tool to know your acreage size and price per acre calculator. You can input the dimension and costs into our land acre calculator to figure out everything you need to know about the size of the lot and how much it will cost. 

 

How to calculate acres

The best way is to use our acreage calculator above; it will convert your land dimensions automatically into acres so you can know how big the land you are looking at actually is.

 

Why is an acre important?

When you are buying real estate outside of metropolitan areas, the land will typically be listed with lot dimensions in feet and summarized by acres. When you know that an acre is roughly a football field, you can better gauge the size of land you are looking at and if it will be enough for your needs. Or too much land for what you feel you can handle.

It’s important to note that while getting more land is always nice, it does come with more maintenance and rules to obey. Living in a city, you may never get a noxious weed complaint because you are able to cut the grass every week, but if you are on 40 acres of land, a lawnmower won’t cut it (pardon the pun, really couldn’t help it). You would need a tractor of some kind to cut it to keep in compliance with local municipal rules.

 

What changes how much an acre of land is worth?

The type of land and its location will have an impact on how much an acre of land is worth. If you are buying an acre of land in downtown Dallas, you will be paying millions. Whereas if you are buying an acre of rocky, remote land in Alaska, the cost per acre of land will be significantly less.

You can pay anywhere from $1 an acre or less to $1,000,000 or more, depending on where you are in the world.

When you are buying a house, an acre could be a lot more valuable because it will have roads put in, amenities such as water, sewer, electrical, and gas (make sure these are included).

 

How big is an acre visually?

An acre is visually slightly less than a football field. A football field is roughly 48,000 square feet (or 100 yards by 53.33 yards). To be exact, it’s the width of a football field to the 91-yard line, not counting the end zones.

Another way to see it is just under 3 hockey rinks, 15.5 tennis courts, or 10 basketball courts.

 

How many American football fields are in an acre?

When you include the end zones, a football field is roughly 1.32 acres, given that the length of the field is 360 feet long and 160 feet wide.

 

How much does 1 acre of land usually cost?

The average cost of an acre of farmland in the United States was $3,160 in 2020, according to the USDA.

 

How large is one acre in miles?

One acre is equal to 0.0015625 square miles.

How big is an acre in square yards?

An acre is 4,840 square yards.

How big is an acre in feet?

The square footage of an acre is 43,560 square feet.

How big is an acre in meters?

One acre is equal to  4,046.84 square meters.