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Question from dan:

what is the outside footage of a 50 acre parcel square

Hi Dan,

One acre is 43,560 square feet so 50 acres is 50 × 43,560 = 2,178,000 square feet. If the parcel is a square then each side is of length √2,178,000 = 1,475.80 feet. Hence the distance around the parcel is 4 × 1,475.80 = 5,903 feet, a little over a mile.


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