Can you see in your mind’s eye how big 5 acres is?
How Big are 5 Acres?
Five acres is 217,800 square feet (20,234.3 square meters).
An acre is a unit of measurement for an area, usually a plot of land. It equals a square with dimensions of 660 x 66 feet or 43,560 square feet (4,046.86 square meters).
So if you want to know how big 5 acres is, simply multiply 43,560 square feet (4,047 square meters) by 5 and you get 217,800 square feet (20,234.3 square meters).
However, an acre need not necessarily be square-shaped. It can be rectangular or irregularly shaped. It can even be a circle of 235.504 feet (71.7817 meters) in diameter.
How Many Feet are 5 Acres?
A foot is a unit of measurement for length or distance, while an acre is a unit of measurement for an area. So, for equivalency, the length or distance must be squared, converting a foot into a square foot, which is now also a unit of measurement for an area.
There are 43,560 square feet on an acre. Multiply this by 5 and you get 217,800 square feet for 5 acres.
How Many Football Fields is 5 Acres?
There are 1.33 acres of an American football field, so 5 acres can contain 3.76 or around 4 American football fields.
The standard dimensions for U.S. football fields — whether they are for high school, college, or professional levels — are 120 x 53.3 yards or 360 x 159.9 feet, making 57,795 square feet or 1.33 acres.
What Else Can Fit Into 5 Acres?
To better see in your mind’s eye how big 5 acres is, imagine these:
One-third of the Yankee Stadium
The Yankee Stadium in New York has 635,000 square feet. Divide this figure by 43,560 square feet, and you get 14.56, which is its equivalent area in acres.
So, since we only have 5 acres, around one-third of the Yankee Stadium can fit into 5 acres.
4 White Houses
Although the White House sits on 18 acres of land, the White House building’s floor area is only 55,000 square feet, which would be equivalent to a little more than an acre of 43,560 square feet.
Dividing 217,800 square feet (5 acres) by 55,000 would yield a quotient of 3.96. If we rounded this off to 4, then there would be 4 White Houses built close to each other that would fit 5 acres of land.
77 Doubles Tennis Courts
Doubles tennis courts have a dimension of 78 x 36 feet or 2,808 square feet.
Dividing 217,800 square feet (5 acres) by 2,808 square feet results in a quotient of 77.56. If we rounded this off to 77, it would be the number of doubles tennis courts that could fit into 5 acres.
In 1973, the earliest year for which the U.S. Census data was available for house floor areas, the average square footage was 1,660 square feet. This increased to 2,687 square feet by 2015, and then steadily dropped since then.
As of 2019, the average American house’s floor area is 2,301 square feet. If we divide 217,800 square feet (5 acres) by 2,301, it would result in a quotient of 94.65 or 95 rounded off.
Five acres of land can contain 95 average-sized American houses built close together.
378 Boxing Rings
Professional boxing rings measure 24 x 24 feet or 576 square feet. They can range in size, though, with some rings measuring 256 square feet. However, the larger size is more common.
If we divide 217,800 square feet (5 acres) by the larger-sized boxing ring area of 576 square feet, we would get the result of 378.125 or 378 rounded off.
Five acres of land can contain 378 professional boxing rings constructed close together.
726 School Buses
There are 3 major categories of American school buses: short, medium, and large.
Short school buses are between 20 and 25 feet long and have a standard maximum width of 7.5 feet. A 20-foot-length bus would have a floor area of 150 square feet.
Medium-sized buses are between 25 and 35 feet long, with the same standard width. A 35-foot-length bus would have a floor area of 262.5 feet.
Full-length large buses are between 35 and 45 feet, with the same standard width. Buses longer than 45 feet are considered coaches already and not school buses. A 40-foot-length bus would have a floor area of 300 square feet.
If we want to fit 40-foot-length buses into 5 acres, it would take 726 of these school buses.
But Not Disneyworld!
Five acres sound huge when you consider all the above.
But, when you compare it with Disneyworld which sits on 27,443 acres of land of which only half has been used, 5 acres suddenly sounds very small.
Disney’s Magic Kingdom has 6 different lands sitting on 107 acres of land. What surprises most people is that it is the smallest of Disney’s 4 main theme parks!
The Magic Kingdom parking lot is even bigger, at over 125 acres, and it can hold 12,000 cars at any single time!
The total Magic Kingdom land area is 142 acres.
The Animal Kingdom area is the largest at 580 acres, also making it the largest single theme park in the world.
Between these two parks’ areas are Hollywood Studios at 154 acres and EPCOT at 300 acres.
Five acres is big when you can fit one-third of the Yankee Stadium into it, or 4 football fields, or 4 White Houses, or 77 doubles tennis courts, or 95 average-sized American houses, or 378 boxing rings, or 726 large school buses.
But, 5 acres is suddenly small when you compare it even with just Magic Kingdom’s parking lot!
Size is always relative. It depends on what you’re comparing something with.
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