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# How many acres are in a parcel?

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There are 40 acres in a parcel, which has four sides that measure 1,320 feet each. A square mile is 640 acres, with each side measuring 5,280 feet in length.

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Beginning in 1832, the U.S. government parceled out land in 40-acre plots, also known as "quarter-quarter-sections." A section is 1 square mile, and 36 enumerated sections make up a township on a map. The term "40 acres and a mule" comes from this parcel concept.

In general, a parcel is a portion of something, such as a distinct tract of land. The term parcel goes back to the French term "parcele" from the 1400s.

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A parcel of land is a measured portion or area of land. A parcel is defined by Dictionary.com as "a distinct, continuous portion or tract of land" and "a part, portion or fragment."

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Five acres is equivalent to 24,200 square yards, or 0.7 percent of a square mile. Since an acre is equivalent to about 75 percent of the area of a football field, 5 acres is equivalent to almost four football fields.

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An acre is equal to 4,840 square yards, so 35 acres is equal to 169,400 square yards. This is equivalent to about .055 square miles. It takes about 640 acres to equal 1 square mile.