7 Difference Between Hectare And Acre Of Land

You may have seen different units of distance before such as miles, kilometers, and feet. Where do you think the foot got it’s name? If you guessed that it’s named after the body part, you’re correct! A foot measures distance, but when we want to estimate area we need to multiply two distances together. In math, area is the measurement of the surface of a space or piece of land, and to calculate it you have to multiply two of the space’s sides, like the length and width of a rectangular field.

What is an acre?

The acre was originally an English unit of measurement that described the area of land that a yoke of oxen could plow in a day. It originally differed in size from one area to the next. In the 1900s it was fixed at 4,840 square yards (or 4,047 square meters). It is still used today to describe plots of land. Because an acre is a unit of area, rather than length, it would be incorrect to say “square acre” the way one might say “square mile”.

In comparison to other traditional measurements, there are two and a half acres in a hectare. Or, in terms of miles, there are 640 acres in a square mile.

Because an acre is a unitof area, not length, it is defined in square feet. An acre plot can be of any shape-a rectangle, a triangle, a circle, or even a star-so long as its area is exactly 43,560 square feet.

To find the linear measurements of other rectangular acres, just divide 43,560 by the number of feet you want on one side. A square-shaped acre would then be about 208.7 by 208.7 feet (because 208.7 x 208.7 = ~43,560). An acre 100 feet wide would be 435.6 feet long (100 x 435.6 = 43,560) and an acre 1 foot wide would be 43,560 feet long.

What is a hectare?

A hectare is a unit of measurement for an area, specifically representing 10,000 square metres. Hectares are a commonly used unit for descriptions of land in legal cases, planning, sale and agriculture. The word “hectare” comes from the Greek word “hekaton” mean for one hundred. Its abbreviation used is “ha”. Invented in the year 1795, the term hectare is a conjunction of the Latin words area and hect.

Therefore a hectare is a metric unit for measuring area, with one hectare equaling 2.471 acres or 10,000 meters. An acre is about 40% of a hectare.

A metric unit of square measure, the term hectare is derived by adding the standard metric prefixes to the original base unit of area, the are. An are is equal to 100 square metres while a hectares is equal to 100 ares. Even though the are is the primary metric unit of land measurement, the hectare has become more common. 

Among the geographies where this land measurement unit is most commonly used are Australia, Burma, Canada, the European Union, India, the US, the UK, etc.

The hectare has its exact equivalent in Argentina by the name manzana, in China by the name gong qing, in Iran by the name jerib, in the Netherlands by the name bunder and in Turkey by the name djerib.

How many acres in a hectare?

The area units’ conversion factor for hectares to acres is 2.47105381. We simply multiply the value in hectares by the conversion factor to determine the number of acres in a hectare. Alternatively, you can use the hectares to acres conversion calculator as it gives accurate results depending on the input values.

1 hectare = 2.47105381 acres

This means that there are 2.47105381 acres in a hectare.

A Hectare is defined as the area of 100 acres and one acre is equal to 100 square meters. This will give the result as 10,000 square meters.

Calculated as;

= 100 x 100

= 10,000 square meters

An acre is defined as the area of one chain (66 ft.) by one furlong (660 ft.) This is equivalent to 43, 560 sq. feet or 4046.85642 square meters. Calculated as;

= 66 x 660

= 43, 560 sq. feet (4046.85642 square meters.)

Afterwards, we divide the number of square meters in a hectare by the number of square meters in an acre. This can be shown as;

= 10000 / 4046.85642

= 2.47105381 acres

For example

How many acres are in 8 hectares?


We multiply the value in hectares (8) by the conversion factor (2.47105381)


= 8 x 2.47105381

= 19.76843048 Acres

This means that there are 19.76843048 Acres in 8 hectares

In other words

1 Hectare = 2.471 Acres

1 Hectare = 107,637 square feet

1 Acre = 43,500 square feet

1 Acre = 4,840 square yards

Hectare vs Acre In Tabular Form

Elements of ComparisonHectareAcre
DescriptionA hectare is a unit of measurement for an area, specifically representing 10000 square meters.The acre is described as 1/640 of a square mile or 4840 square yards.
AcceptanceHectare is a non-SI unit, accepted for use with the international system of units.  Acre is not a recognized SI unit of area measurement.
SizeHectare is bigger than an acre. 1 hectare is 2.471 acres.An acre is smaller than a hectare. An acre is about 40% of a hectare.  An acre is about 0.405 hectare.
DefinitionHectare is a metric unit of area.An acre is a unit of measurement mostly used in U.S customary and Imperial systems.
UseHectare is the legal unit of area measurement thought European Union and commonwealth countries.Acre is commonly used in United States, South America, Central America, Pacific Islands, India