# Square Miles to Acres Converter

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## Conversion Table

 square miles to acres sq mi acre 1 sq mi 640 acre 2 sq mi 1280 acre 3 sq mi 1920 acre 4 sq mi 2560 acre 5 sq mi 3200 acre 6 sq mi 3840 acre 7 sq mi 4480 acre 8 sq mi 5120 acre 9 sq mi 5760 acre 10 sq mi 6400 acre 11 sq mi 7040 acre 12 sq mi 7680 acre 13 sq mi 8320 acre 14 sq mi 8960 acre 15 sq mi 9600 acre 16 sq mi 10240 acre 17 sq mi 10880 acre 18 sq mi 11520 acre 19 sq mi 12160 acre 20 sq mi 12800 acre

## How to convert

1 square mile (sq mi) = 640 acre (acre). Square Mile (sq mi) is a unit of Area used in Standard system. Acre (acre) is a unit of Area used in Standard system.

## Definition of the Square Mile

A square mile is a unit of area that measures the size of a surface. It is defined as the area of a square whose sides are one mile long. A square mile is equal to 640 acres, 2589988.11 square meters, or 2590000 square yards. It is also a common unit of area in the United States customary system and the imperial system.

## How to Convert Square Mile to Other Units

To convert a square mile to other units of area, we need to multiply or divide by a conversion factor. A conversion factor is a number that relates two units of measurement. For example, to convert a square mile to a square meter, we need to multiply by 2589988.11, which is the conversion factor between these two units. Here are some common conversion factors for square mile and other units of area:

• 1 square mile = 2589988.11 square meters
• 1 square mile = 640 acres
• 1 square mile = 2590000 square yards
• 1 square mile = 27878400 square feet
• 1 square mile = 4014489600 square inches
• 1 square mile = 25899881100 square centimeters
• 1 square mile = 2589988110000 square millimeters

## Where Square Mile is Used

The square mile is widely used in the United States, the United Kingdom, and some other countries as a standard unit of area measurement. It is used for various purposes, such as measuring the size of states, counties, cities, islands, lakes, parks, forests, and more. Different countries may have different preferences or regulations for using the square mile or other units of area in different applications. Here are some examples:

• In the United States, the square mile is used for measuring the area of states and counties, as well as the size of cities, islands, lakes, parks, and forests.
• In the United Kingdom, the square mile is used for measuring the area of countries and regions, as well as the size of cities, islands, lakes, parks, and forests.
• In Canada, the square kilometer is more commonly used for measuring the area of provinces and territories, but the square mile is also used for some purposes, such as census data and environmental reports.
• In Australia and New Zealand, the square kilometer is more commonly used for measuring the area of states and territories, but the square mile is also used for some purposes, such as census data and environmental reports.
• In India, the square kilometer is more commonly used for measuring the area of states and districts, but the acre and the bigha are also used for measuring agricultural land.
• In China, the square kilometer is more commonly used for measuring the area of provinces and municipalities, but the mu and the hectare are also used for measuring agricultural land.

## History of Square Mile

The concept of measuring area by using squares dates back to ancient times. The ancient Egyptians, Babylonians, Greeks, and Romans all used different units of area based on squares with different side lengths. For example, the ancient Egyptians used a unit called setat, which was equal to a square with sides of 100 cubits (about 52 meters). The ancient Greeks used a unit called plethron, which was equal to a square with sides of 100 feet (about 30 meters). The ancient Romans used a unit called iugerum, which was equal to a square with sides of 120 feet (about 35 meters).

The modern definition of the square mile was established in the late 18th century by the British Parliament as part of the imperial system. The imperial system was designed to create a uniform and consistent system of measurement based on traditional units that were widely used in Britain and its colonies. The original definition of the mile was derived from an ancient Roman unit called mille passus (thousand paces), which was equal to about 5000 feet or 1480 meters. The original definition of the square mile was then derived from this definition as the area of a square whose sides are one mile long.

The definition of the mile has been revised several times over the years to improve its accuracy and precision. The current definition of the mile was adopted in 1959 by an international agreement as “the length equal to 1609.344 meters exactly”. The current definition of the square mile is then derived from this definition as before.

## Example Conversions of Square Mile to Other Units

Here are some examples of converting a given area in square miles to other units:

• A state that has an area of 10 square miles can be converted to:
• 25899881.1 square meters
• 6400 acres
• 25900000 square yards
• 278784000 square feet
• 40144896000 square inches
• 258998811000 square centimeters
• 258998811000000 square millimeters
• A lake that has an area of 100 square miles can be converted to:
• 258998811 square meters
• 64000 acres
• 259000000 square yards
• 2787840000 square feet
• 401448960000 square inches
• 2589988110000 square centimeters
• 2589988110000000 square millimeters
• An island that has an area of 0.1 square miles can be converted to:
• 258998.811 square meters
• 64 acres
• 259000 square yards
• 2787840 square feet
• 401448960 square inches
• 2589988110 square centimeters
• 2589988110000 square millimeters
Square miles can also be marked as mi2.

## Acre: A Unit of Area

An acre is a unit of area that is commonly used for measuring land in the United States and the United Kingdom. It is equal to 43,560 square feet, or 4,840 square yards, or about 4,047 square meters, or 0.4047 hectares. The acre is defined as the area of a rectangle that has a length of one chain (66 feet) and a width of one furlong (660 feet). This is equivalent to 10 square chains, or 1/640 of a square mile.

The acre is not a standard unit in the International System of Units (SI), but it is legally recognized in some countries as a supplementary unit that can be used for trade if given as additional information and not used for land registration.

## History of the Acre

The word acre comes from the Old English word aecer, which means “field” or “open land”. It is related to the Latin word ager, which also means “field”.

The acre was originally a measure of the amount of land that could be plowed by one man with a team of eight oxen in one day. This varied depending on the soil quality and the type of plow used, but it was generally around 40 rods (660 feet) long and four rods (66 feet) wide.

The acre was used as a common measure of land area in many countries in Europe and the British Isles since the Middle Ages. It was standardized by King Edward I of England in 1305 as 4,840 square yards. However, there were also different regional variants of the acre that ranged from 0.19 to 0.911 hectare.

The acre was brought to North America by the British colonists and became the standard unit of land measurement in the United States and Canada. In 1959, the international yard and pound agreement defined the international yard as exactly 0.9144 meter, which made the international acre exactly 4,046.8564224 square meters. However, the United States decided to keep using the US survey foot (and thus the US survey acre) for some purposes, which differs from the international foot by only four parts per million.

## How to Convert Acre to Other Units

To convert an acre to other units of area, we can use the following conversion factors:

• 1 acre = 43,560 square feet
• 1 acre = 4,840 square yards
• 1 acre = 0.4047 hectare
• 1 acre = 4,046.8564224 square meters
• 1 acre = 0.0015625 square mile
• 1 acre = 0.4047 dunam (a unit used in Israel and Turkey)

To convert from other units to an acre, we can use the inverse of these conversion factors.

For example, to convert 10 hectares to acres, we can use:

10 hectares x (1 acre / 0.4047 hectare) = 24.71 acres

## Where Acre is Used

The acre is still widely used in the United States and the United Kingdom for measuring land area, especially for real estate, agriculture, forestry, and environmental planning. It is also used in some other countries that have historical ties with Britain, such as India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Jamaica, Ghana, Liberia, and The Bahamas.

Some examples of uses of the acre are:

• The White House in Washington DC sits on 18 acres of land.
• The average size of a farm in the United States in 2017 was 444 acres.
• Central Park in New York City covers 843 acres.
• The smallest country in the world by area, Vatican City, has an area of about 110 acres.
• The largest ranch in the world by area, King Ranch in Texas, has an area of about 825,000 acres.

## Example Conversions of Acre to Other Units

Here are some example conversions of an acre to other units:

• 1 acre = 43,560 square feet
• 1 acre = 6,272,640 square inches
• 1 acre = 4,840 square yards
• 1 acre = 160 square rods
• 1 acre = 0.4047 hectare
• 1 acre = 4,046.8564224 square meters
• 1 acre = 0.0015625 square mile
• 1 acre = 0.4047 dunam
• 1 acre = 0.0016 section (a unit used in the US Public Land Survey System)
• 1 acre = 0.000247 township (another unit used in the US Public Land Survey System)
International Acre sometimes can be abbreviated as ac. 1 hectare = 2.4710538 international acres.

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