What does an acre mean?

Acre is a unit of area which is used commonly for measuring tracts of land.

The expression of acre was first introduced during the Middle Ages, it was defined as the amount of land plowed in one day by one man and an ox. This definition was not clear, because the rate of work differs from an ox to another. Nowadays acre has a specific definition and it equals 43,560 square feet.

Acre can measure any area- rectangles, circles or even hexagons- regardless of it’s shape.

To make it clear for you, a soccer pitch has approximately an area of 1.7 acre. 300,000 acres is the total area of New York City.

United Sates is using another acre to measure roads and alleyways, it is called the commercial acre. Commercial acre equals 36,000 square feet, this means that it is smaller the residential acre. It is approximately 82.6 percent of an international acre.

Now we will show you what an acre equals comparing with some of other other area units:

  • 1 acre = 43,560 square feet
  • 1 acre = 4046.86 square meters
  • 1 acre = 4840 square yards
  • 1 acre = 0.404686 hectares
  • 1 acre = 1/640th of a square mile


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