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What is the length and width of an acre?

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Historically, an acre is 66 feet by 660 feet. However, an acre is a measurement of area, so the length and width can vary as long as the total area is 43,560 square feet.

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660 feet is one-eighth of a mile, also known as a furlong, which is the length oxen can pull a plow without resting. A land is 16.5 feet wide or 10 down and back trips along the furlong with a standard 10 inch wide plow. A farmer could reasonably plow two lands in the morning, and two lands in the afternoon, which totals the acre measurement. An acre was historically the area of land a farmer could work in a day.

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One hectare is defined as 10,000 square meters, whereas 1 acre is 4,840 square yards. There are approximately 2.47 acres in 1 hectare. Hectare is a unit of measurement in the International System of Units, while acre is a unit used in the English language.

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An acre is 43,560 square feet. An acre of land that is in a perfect square shape measures 208 feet, 9 inches on each side.

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One acre is equal to 0.0016 square miles. The value is also equivalent to 4,840 square yards, 43,560 square feet, 0.004047 square kilometers or 4,046.86 square meters.