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# How big is an acre?

A unit of area exactly equal to 4840 square yards or 43560 squarefeet. 4840 seems like a strange number, but it makes sense in theimperial measurement system. To measure leng…ths in the imperialsystem, 22 yards makes a chain, otherwise known as 'the length of acricket pitch'. Ten chains makes a furlong (as seen in horseracing), and 8 furlongs make a mile. An acre is an area one chainby one furlong (22 x 220 yards). This is a convenient measure ofarea if you are planning crops on a small farm! (I find it easierto visualize an area 2 cricket pitches by 5 cricket pitches). Converting into metric doesn't give an exact number, but an acre isapproximately 4046.86 square metres. Football pitches are not a standard size,but a typical football pitch would be about 1 acre, perhaps alittle more. WHAT KIND OF FOOTBALL PITCH?! The metric equivalent isthe hectare, which is exactly 10,000 square metres - so one hectareis about 2.5 acres. Acre is a measurement of area, so it does not necessarily have agiven length or shape. If it was square shaped an acre would be208.71 feet long on each side. From: 1 acre = 43,560 square feet. Take the square root of 43,560to get 208.71. It originally referred to the area that could be ploughed by a teamof oxen in a day. ( Full Answer )