Five hundred acres seems like a very large area. It’s so big that it can be quite hard to visualize, but if you’re purchasing a farm or a home with a large acreage, you might find that the land you’re looking at is around 500 acres in size.
Being able to imagine this size can help you decide if it’s the right amount of land for your needs, and you can also use this visualization to make plans for the space.
How big is 500 acres?
A single acre is equal to 43,560 square feet. An acre does not have to have any specific dimensions, so it can be any shape, with narrow, wide, curved, or even wiggly areas, as long as it’s equal to that amount of square footage.
If we multiply 500 by 43,560, we get 21,780,000 square feet.
How long would it take to walk across 500 acres?
It’s hard to say exactly how long it would take to walk across 500 acres.
For example, if the acres were very narrow and you have to walk along their longest sides, it would take much longer than if the acres were wide but short.
Each person also walks at a slightly different pace, which can change how quickly you can cross an area. Terrain also makes a big difference.
Flat, even terrain is much easier and therefore much faster to walk across.
In general, though, it takes about 35 seconds to walk across a roughly square acre. That means it would take 17,500 seconds, or 291.67 minutes, to walk across 500 acres. This is equal to about 4.86 hours.
Most people can visualize at least one sports field, so these areas make an excellent comparison for a large number of acres.
Many people use an American football field to describe any large area because it’s so familiar. A single football field is 160 feet wide and 360 feet long, which makes for a total square footage of 57,600.
If we divide 21,780,000 by 57,600, we can find that you would need about 378 football fields to cover 500 acres.
Soccer fields are also a common sight. Not every soccer field needs to have the same dimensions, but most professional teams have fields that measure 105 meters long and 68 meters wide.
This is about 344.5 feet by 223 feet or about 76,823.5 square feet in total. Therefore, you would only need about 283.5 standard soccer fields to add up to 500 acres.
Homes and Yards
One of the most useful comparisons for 500 acres is to the average home or yard. This can help you visualize just how much land might surround your house or how much space you have to work with.
Homes and yards, of course, vary greatly in size from place to place, but on average, a single-family home in the United States is about 2,400 square feet.
You would, therefore, need 9,075 houses, without yards or garages, to add up to 500 acres.
A home’s lot includes the home, the garage, the yard, and any other features included on the property, such as a driveway. Most lots in the U.S. average about 12,632 square feet.
This means you could take 500 acres and place about 1,724 average homes and yards on that space.
Most people can imagine walking through a neighborhood or city park. Parks are crafted in different sizes depending on the space available and the park’s intended use.
Most neighborhood parks, however, are around 25 acres. That means you would need 20 small parks to fill 500 acres.
Large city parks, designed to be used by many people, are often around 400 acres, which is only a little smaller than the 500-acre mark.
The Country of Monaco
Monaco is a country in western Europe, and it sits on the Mediterranean Sea. The country is the second smallest in the world. It’s about 499 acres in size, only 1 acre smaller than 500.
Anyone who has ever walked from ride to ride in a theme park can estimate the size of a large area of land.
One of the most famous theme parks, Disneyland, which is in California, is almost exactly 500 acres, so it’s an excellent comparison.
Disneyworld, in Florida, on the other hand, is about 25,000 acres, so you could fit 50 500-acre areas or 50 Disneylands inside it.
Universal Studios, another famous U.S. park, is about 400 acres. Knotts Berry Farm, on the other hand, is only about 57 acres, so you would need almost 9 of these theme parks to fill 500 acres.
City blocks are another large space that’s relatively easy to visualize. A block can vary in size from city to city, but most standard city blocks are about 2.5 acres.
You would need 200 blocks, therefore, to add up to 500 acres.