How Big is 15 Acres of Land? (Helpful Visual Comparisons)

If you’re reading this article, you’re likely looking to purchase 15 acres of land, but trying to visualize how big this is is no easy feat. Let’s first start by determining how big one acre of land is and go from there.

If one acre is 43,560 square feet, then 15 acres of land is a whopping 653,400 square feet. That’s the same as 72,600 square yards! 

Now, these numbers may help some visualize the size of a 15-acre plot of land, but if you are like me, then you still may need further examples. Continue reading, and we’ll provide five easy examples to help you visualize 15 acres.

Why 653,400 Square Feet?

If you’ve read our other posts discussing land acreage, then it should come as no surprise to you that acreage is measured in square feet. A square foot is a square’s area provided that the sides of the square are each at least 1 foot.

You mostly hear of square feet when shopping around for apartments, homes, or even commercial office buildings to rent, but land is sometimes measured in square feet as well. That’s the case with acres of land.

Each acre is 43,560 square feet. Well, that’s the simplest definition. If you need a refresher, an acre is technically the area of a furlong by a chain. One furlong is 660 feet and a chain is 66 feet in length. It gets technical, with rods and links and all, but we won’t talk about that this time since we’ve done it before.

So using simplified terms, if one acre is 43,560 square feet, then all you have to do is the basic math from the intro. Take 43,560, multiply it by 15, and you get 653,400 square feet.

Visualizing 15 Acres of Land: 5 Handy Examples

Are you having a hard time imagining just how big 15 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 15 acres is.

11.34 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 15 acres, how many football fields is it?

The answer is 11.34 football fields. Yes, imagine laying out nearly 11 1/3 football fields from end zone to end zone and that tells you the size of 15 acres. You’d have tons of space.

 2,430 Parking Spaces

According to this report from the Center for Profitable Agriculture at the University of Tennessee, you can add 162 parking spots within a single acre. By taking that number of parking spaces and multiplying it by the 15 acres of land you now have available, you can fit 2,430 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.

225 Tennis Courts

Since you get 15 tennis courts with a single acre of land, having 15 acres now affords you 225 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 15 acres of land, as you have room for way more tennis courts.

272 Homes That Are 2,400 Square Feet A piece

The ideal home is a roomy one, probably about 2,400 square feet. You could have your own community of homes across 15 acres, accommodating 272 homes of this size!

Almost 4 Walmart Super Centers

Now, even trying to visualize 2,430 parking spots or 225 tennis courts could pose to be challenging. How about we relate it so something more familiar. The typical Walmart Super Center is 180,000 square feet, which is equal to 4.13 acres. That being said, you could fit 3.6 Super Walmarts in your 15 acre piece of land.

How Long Does It Take to Walk The Perimeter of 15 Acres? 

Let’s say you decided to stroll around the perimeter of your 15-acre property. 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 3 MPH consistently and you cross a single square acre, that should take you 3 minutes to do.

Of course, you’re not walking one acre here, but 15 acres, so you have to increase your time as well. That means you’re looking at a completion time of 696 seconds, which is approximately 12 minutes.

What Can You Do with 15 Acres of Land?

You’ve decided to go through with your purchase of 15 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 15 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 15 acres 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!

Start a Community Housing Project 

Remember, you can fit 272 homes that are each a very comfortable 2,400 square feet on your 15 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 15 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 15 acres of land is the equivalent of nearly 11 football fields and 225 tennis courts. This is 653,400 square feet in all. Whether you’ll soon buy a 15-acre expanse of land or you’re just thinking about it for now, we hope this article provided you some great information!

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Geoff Southworth is the creator of, the site that helps new homeowners, investors, and homeowners-to-be successfully navigate the complex world of property ownership. Geoff is a real estate investor of 8 years has had experience as a manager of a debt-free, private real estate equity fund, as well as a Registered Nurse in Emergency Trauma and Cardiac Cath Lab Care. As a result, he has developed a unique “people first, business second” approach to real estate.

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