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I am trying to find common equivalents for various acre sizes. What is a thing/place many people are familiar with that is (more or less) 50 acres? 100 acres? 200 acres? 1000 acres? 2000 acres? 10,000 acres? <br /><br /> These are the different sizes I'm seeking rough equivalents for:<br>
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50 acres:<br>
100 acres: <br>
200 acres: <br>
1000 acres: <br>
2000 acres: <br>
10,000 acres:<br>
15,000 acres: Manhattan<br>
100,000 acres:post:ask.metafilter.com,2012:site.223195Mon, 27 Aug 2012 15:00:18 -0800punkbitchAcresofLandequivalentsizeBy: RonButNotStupid
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<a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boston_Common">Boston Common</a> is fifty acres.comment:ask.metafilter.com,2012:site.223195-3227085Mon, 27 Aug 2012 15:04:19 -0800RonButNotStupidBy: theodolite
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Tiananmen Square is just over 100 acres.comment:ask.metafilter.com,2012:site.223195-3227088Mon, 27 Aug 2012 15:05:43 -0800theodoliteBy: theodolite
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Golden Gate Park is San Francisco is almost exactly 1000 acres.comment:ask.metafilter.com,2012:site.223195-3227089Mon, 27 Aug 2012 15:07:02 -0800theodoliteBy: danceswithlight
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It might help to know that an acre is approximately the same size as a football field or a soccer pitch. (<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acre">Wikipedia</a>)<br>
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Cities, states, and lakes are probably your best bet, as people often look at them on a map and compare their sizes to other things on that map. For a park or a square, unless you regularly spend a lot of time there, most people would have no idea how big it is, even if they've heard of it and/or visited once or twice.comment:ask.metafilter.com,2012:site.223195-3227097Mon, 27 Aug 2012 15:12:08 -0800danceswithlightBy: griphus
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Central Park is 834 acres, which can serve for 1000 in a pinch. Also its a rectangle.comment:ask.metafilter.com,2012:site.223195-3227105Mon, 27 Aug 2012 15:13:02 -0800griphusBy: theodolite
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The nation of Liechtenstein is just about 100,000 acres.comment:ask.metafilter.com,2012:site.223195-3227107Mon, 27 Aug 2012 15:14:32 -0800theodoliteBy: Cool Papa Bell
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It's often easier to express larger figures in terms of lots of smaller ones. For example, if you say Boston Common is 50 acres and I don't know the size of an acre, and I've never been to Boston Common, I'm still lost.<br>
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But if you said, "The area of Boston Common is about 50 football fields," I'll instantly have a picture in my head.comment:ask.metafilter.com,2012:site.223195-3227115Mon, 27 Aug 2012 15:19:49 -0800Cool Papa BellBy: ManyLeggedCreature
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100,000 acres is 156.25 square miles, which is about the area of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vienna">Vienna, Austria</a>.comment:ask.metafilter.com,2012:site.223195-3227118Mon, 27 Aug 2012 15:21:02 -0800ManyLeggedCreatureBy: Cool Papa Bell
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By the way, 100,000 acres is 156.25 square miles.<br>
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What's a square mile? Well, if you walk 5,280 feet in one direction, then turn right ...comment:ask.metafilter.com,2012:site.223195-3227122Mon, 27 Aug 2012 15:21:47 -0800Cool Papa BellBy: argonauta
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The <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mall_of_America#Design">Mall of America</a> "has a gross area 96.4 acres, enough to fit seven Yankee Stadiums inside." <br>
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<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vatican_City">Vatican City</a> is 110 acres. <br>
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The memorial grounds in front of the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall in DC (between Lincoln and the Washington Monument), <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:View_of_Crowd_at_1963_March_on_Washington.jpg">pictured here</a> at the scene of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, measures 107.43 acres. (The rest of the National Mall, from the Washington Monument to the foot of the US Capitol grounds, has ~200 acres.)comment:ask.metafilter.com,2012:site.223195-3227149Mon, 27 Aug 2012 15:37:21 -0800argonautaBy: maxwelton
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These are maybe best thought of as distances on the side of a perfect square? Square sizes below in miles (in easy-to-grasp very rough approximations, and an assumed 3mph walking pace):<br>
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50 acres<br>
1 mile perimeter - 1/4 mile sides - 20 minutes to walk perimeter<br>
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100 acres<br>
1.5 mile perimeter - 1/3 mile sides - 30 minutes to walk perimeter<br>
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200 acres<br>
2 mile perimeter - 1/2 mile sides - 40 minutes to walk perimeter<br>
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640 acres<br>
4 mile perimeter - 1 mile sides - 1 hour 20 minutes to walk perimeter<br>
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1000 acres<br>
5 mile perimeter - 1.25 mile sides - 1 hour 40 minutes to walk perimeter<br>
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2000 acres<br>
7 mile perimeter - 1.75 mile sides - 2 hours 20 minutes to walk perimeter<br>
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10,000 acres<br>
16 mile perimeter - 4 mile sides - 5 hours 20 minutes to walk perimeter<br>
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15,000 acres<br>
20 mile perimeter - 5 mile sides - 6 hours 40 minutes to walk perimeter<br>
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20,000 acres<br>
22 mile perimeter - 5.5 mile sides - 7 hours 30 minutes to walk perimeter<br>
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27,457.6 acres<br>
26.2 mile perimeter - 6.5 mile sides - Amount of land enclosed by a square whose perimeter equals a marathon.comment:ask.metafilter.com,2012:site.223195-3227158Mon, 27 Aug 2012 15:45:52 -0800maxweltonBy: monospace
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Hoboken, NJ, is known as the "Mile Square City" -- that's 640 acres.comment:ask.metafilter.com,2012:site.223195-3227176Mon, 27 Aug 2012 16:05:21 -0800monospaceBy: bukvich
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In west Houston the big corporation office park area unit seems real close to 100 acres. The last one I worked in was <em>almost exactly</em> 100 acres.comment:ask.metafilter.com,2012:site.223195-3227177Mon, 27 Aug 2012 16:05:22 -0800bukvichBy: bruce
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one acre is a square about 70 yards on a side, and this gives you a rule of thumb:<br>
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if x is the number of acres, take the square root of x and multiply it by 70 yards. that's the side of the square to which your acreage is equivalent.comment:ask.metafilter.com,2012:site.223195-3227234Mon, 27 Aug 2012 16:58:12 -0800bruceBy: wilful
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40 hectares is 100 acres!comment:ask.metafilter.com,2012:site.223195-3227364Mon, 27 Aug 2012 18:27:26 -0800wilfulBy: ErikaB
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Believe it or not, I have often been tasked with making the concept of acres graspable to a general audience.<br>
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It depends on your frame of reference. I tell people that a city block is <a href="http://www.land4ever.com/block.htm">about two acres</a>, more or less. But obviously the size of a city block varies depending on which city, and even which neighborhood.<br>
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Similarly, some audiences will easily grasp the fact that <a href="http://www.sierraclub.org/sprawl/reports/big_box.asp">a really big Walmart store will be 2-3 acres</a> with a parking lot several times larger. According to the Sierra Club, a really big Walmart + parking lot = 18 acres.<br>
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For larger sizes, airports are a convenient measuring stick. For example, <a href="http://www.atlanta-airport.com/Airport/ATL/ATL_Factsheet.aspx">the terminal complex of the Atlanta airport is 130 acres.</a><br>
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The easiest way to find these facts is to Google "[really big thing] square footage acres" or "acres [really big thing]."comment:ask.metafilter.com,2012:site.223195-3227372Mon, 27 Aug 2012 18:30:44 -0800ErikaBBy: DevilsAdvocate
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Don't know how well these work as cultural touchstones, but:<br>
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<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mackinac_Island">Mackinac Island</a> = ~2400 acres<br>
<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lanai">Lanai</a> (6th largest of the 8 main Hawaiian Islands) = ~89900 acrescomment:ask.metafilter.com,2012:site.223195-3228588Tue, 28 Aug 2012 16:07:12 -0800DevilsAdvocateBy: DevilsAdvocate
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<i>The nation of Liechtenstein is just about 100,000 acres.</i><br>
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It's about 40000 acres, by my calculations. You may have been confusing the area in km<sup>2</sup> for mi<sup>2</sup>.comment:ask.metafilter.com,2012:site.223195-3228589Tue, 28 Aug 2012 16:07:22 -0800DevilsAdvocate