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Does Size Really Matter? 15 Stunning, Real Life Examples Of How Big An Acre Really Is

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Are you curious how big is an acre? Here are interesting facts that can help visualize how big or small an acre is. Farmers and real estate agents are very familiar with the size of an acre since a lot of their business revolves around this spacing. One acre is equivalent to 43,560 square feet, but what does that amount of space look like to us?

1. Roman Colosseum

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Located in Rome, Italy, the Roman Colosseum covers approximately six acres of land. It is 620 feet long, 512 feet wide, and 158 feet tall. If you were to pack it full of people, it could seat 50,000 of them.

2. A Suburban Home

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Home designs vary quite a bit from builder to builder, but a typical American suburban home is about 2,438 square feet in size. So, you could fit 18 of them in one acre of land (ignoring city zoning requirements). Planners situate most homes on about one acre to one half of an acre of land. You have to account for the side yard and backyard space that most homes have.

3. American Football Field

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If you’re a regular football fan, you already know that a football field has two end zones, each totaling 10 yards. The field itself is 100 yards long, which makes a football field 120 yards total in length. With that, an American football field commonly measures around 57,564 square feet, about 25 percent greater than one acre.

4. Tennis Court

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A tennis court is quite a bit smaller than a football field or baseball field. You can fit 15.51 tennis courts or 16 tennis courts approximately into the amount of land of an acre.

5. Sedans

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There are a lot of different makes and models of sedans on the market right now, but your average sedan is about 13.5 feet in length and about 5 3/4 feet wide. So on average, you could fit approximately 242 sedans in one acre of land. That would take some excellent parking skills. However, you’ll be in the worst traffic jam traveling 0 mph.

6. Potatoes

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Whether you fry them or bake them, you could line up 1,584 potatoes across one acre of land. So, get your ketchup ready for those French fries because you’re in for a tasty treat!

7. White House

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The White House is located at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave in Washington, DC. There is a large fence around the grounds to provide safety to the President and his staff. The entire enclosure is on 18.7 acres of land.

8. Yard Stick

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How big is an acre? If you wanted to make a line of yardsticks that reached from one end of an acre of land to the other side, you would need 70-yard sticks.

9. Post-it notes

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Placing post-it notes on an acre of land probably seem like it would be a daunting task, and you would be right. For example, if you wanted to cover one acre of land in post-it notes, you would need 696,960 pieces of post-its.

10. New York City

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New York City measures approximately 300,000 acres (468.9 square miles ). This figure includes water. However, excluding significant bodies of water nearby and the streets and sidewalks, New York City spans over 321 square miles, equating to 205,000 acres.

11. Baseball Field

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Contrary to common perception, an acre is smaller than a professional baseball field. While the infield of a baseball field fits within an acre, the outfield extends beyond it. A standard baseball field, including the infield and outfield, is around 2.5 to 3 acres. Meaning you can fit up to acres in one baseball field

12. Sticky Notes

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An acre can also be visualized by thinking about how many sticky notes it would take to cover it. An average pack of sticky notes contains about 200 notes. To cover an entire acre, you’d need approximately 696,000 sticky notes. While it’s not a practical scenario, it gives a visual representation of the vastness of an acre.

13. Walking Around an Acre

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To casually walk around all the outside edges of an acre, it would take an adult about 12 minutes, regardless of its shape. Running or jogging can take about a third of this time. This provides a practical sense of the perimeter of an acre.

14. Eiffel Tower

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The foot area of the Eiffel Tower in Paris covers approximately one-third of an acre. This comparison helps visualize that you could fit up to three Eiffel Towers on a single acre of land.

15. Basketball Court

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An acre is equivalent to about 9.23 standard basketball courts. This demonstrates that you could fit approximately nine standard basketball courts within an acre.

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