How Big Is 10 Acres of Land? (With Helpful Visual Comparisons)


If you remember our post on the size of one acre of land, you now have another question about land acreage and size. You’re thinking of buying a bigger piece of land that would encompass 10 whole acres. The only problem is, you’re not really sure how big 10 acres is. So what is it?

If one acre is 43,560 square feet, then 10 acres of land is a whopping 435,600 square feet. That’s the same as 48,400 square yards! 

Seeing those numbers in front of you is one thing, but visualizing them is another. Don’t worry, as in this article, we’ll share lots of fun examples on just how big 10 acres of land is so you can start planning what to do with all your space!

Why 435,600 Square Feet?

Like we talked about in the article about the size of an acre, the reason an acre is 43,560 square feet and not some easier-to-remember, more manageable number is due to the furlong and the chain length of an acre.

What the heck is a furlong and a chain? A furlong is an imperial unit measurement that tells you the distance of one-eighth of a mile using United States customary units. The furlong is always the equivalent of 201 meters, 10 chains, 40 rods, 220 yards, or 660 feet.

There’s that word again, chains. We’re not talking about literal chains like the kind you use to bind something. In this application, chains are a length unit of measurement that again uses US imperial units. 

A chain is the same as 22 yards, so it’s a lot shorter than a furlong, which is 220 yards. Also equivalent to a chain is 66 feet, whereas a furlong is 660 feet. A furlong is 10 chains, which makes sense considering that 22 yards x 10 gives you 220 yards and 66 feet x 10 is 660 feet.

A statute mile, which measures 1,760 yards or 5,280 feet, is 80 chains. 

So, getting back to acres now, you take your furlong in feet and then multiply it by your chain in feet to get the size of one acre. Then, to calculate 10 acres, you’d do that 9 more times. 

This gives you a rough measurement of 435,600 square feet for 10 acres. 

Visualizing 10 Acres of Land: 5 Handy Examples

Are you having a hard time imagining just how big 10 acres is? That’s okay. This is a lot of land we’re talking about here, and it’s not as easy to picture in your mind as you might think. That’s why we’ll now sharing some great visual examples that will help you more clearly picture the vast expanse of land that 10 acres is.

7.5 Football Fields

In American football, a field is 91 yards. If you cover the full field from one end zone to another, that’s 1.32 acres. Considering a single football field is a little more than 1 acre, when you look at a stretch of land that’s 10 acres, how many football fields is it?

The answer is 7.5 football fields. Yes, imagine laying out nearly 8 football fields from end zone to end zone and that tells you the size of 10 acres. You’d have tons of space. 

1,560 Parking Spaces

According to this report from the Center for Profitable Agriculture at the University of Tennessee, you can add 156 parking spots within a single acre. By taking that number of parking spaces and multiplying it by the 10 acres of land you now have available, you can fit 1,560 parking spaces into this much land.

Disney World has 11,391 parking spaces, Universal Studios has 9,051 spaces, and Disneyland 10,000 parking spots. Your number of parking spaces isn’t too shabby either.  

15,840 Potatoes

If you have a stack of potatoes, each 5 inches, and you line them up one by one on the ground, you could spread 1,584 potatoes across one acre. Simple math tells us that with 10 acres, you can now lay out a huge line of 15,840 potatoes! 

180 Homes That Are 2,400 Square Feet Apiece

The ideal home is a roomy one, probably about 2,400 square feet. You could have your own community of homes across 10 acres, accommodating 180 homes of this size!

150 Tennis Courts

Since you get 15 tennis courts with a single acre of land, having 10 acres now affords you 150 tennis courts. The US Open, which is hosted at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, New York has only 22 tennis courts, 4 which are show courts and 12 which are practice courts.

Yes, that’s right, you could do your own US Open and then some with 10 acres of land, as you have room for way more tennis courts.

How Long Does It Take to Walk Across 10 Acres? 

Let’s say you decided to stroll from one corner of your 10-acre property to another. How long would that take you?

Well, first we have to look at the average walking speed, which is between 3 and 4 miles per hour (MPH). If you’re walking at 4 MPH consistently and you cross a single square acre, that should take you 35.61 seconds to do.

Of course, you’re not walking one acre here, but 10 acres, so you have to increase your time tenfold as well. That means you’re looking at a completion time of 356.1 seconds, which is approximately 5.9 minutes.

What Can You Do with 10 Acres of Land?

You’ve decided to go through with your purchase of 10 acres of land, as it’s just so much space, how could you pass it up? You’re not quite sure what to do with all the land that’s now in your name though. Any ideas?

Try the following suggestions to make the most of the generously-sized 10 acres available to you.

Build a Really Big Home

If you’ve always wanted to build your own home, you would have more than enough land in which to work with. You can get your dream house erected with no details spared.

One home on 10 acres probably would leave a lot of spare acreage available. You could add a large garage or a spacious backyard swimming pool to fill more space. The rest could be an ode to the beauty of nature, although mowing such a big lawn will definitely be a pain! 

Make Your Own Private Theme Park

The smallest Disney park is Walt Disney Studios Paris at 62 acres, so you’re about 50 acres short of that. However, there’s no stopping you from making your own private theme park on your property with a few amusement rides. 

It’s easier than ever to build your own backyard roller coaster, so why not do it? Your home would certainly attract an audience, that’s for sure. 

Start a Community Housing Project 

Remember, you can fit 180 homes that are each a very comfortable 2,400 square feet on your 10 acres of land. Rather than use all that space yourself for fun, give back to your neighborhood and start a community housing project. 

Open a Business

Another option to consider is running a business on the 10 acres. Some ventures such as farming or starting your own greenhouse require more space than the average building can accommodate, but you could start several farms or greenhouses. 

Final Thoughts 

Owning 10 acres of land is the equivalent of nearly 8 football fields and 150 tennis courts. This is 435,600 square feet in all.

Whether you’ll soon buy a 10-acre expanse of land or you’re just thinking about it for now, we hope this article provided you some great information! 

Geoff Southworth

I am a California native and I enjoy all the outdoors has to offer. My latest adventures have been taking the family camping, hiking and surfing.

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