5 Difference Between Hectare And Acre

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What Is Hectare?

A hectare is a unit of measurement for an area, specifically representing 10000 square meters. The word hectare comes from the Greek word ‘hekaton’ which means one hundred. Hectare is a common unit of metric system that is used to measure land and plots in many places around the world, and it is also the legal unit of measure in domains concerned with land ownership, planning and management, including law, agriculture, forestry and town planning. A hectare is bigger than acre (one hectare equal to 2.47 acres) and about two-and-a-half times the size of an average football field.

  • 1 hectare = 2.471 acres
  • 1 hectare = 107637 square feet

What Is Acre?

The acre is a unit of land area used in the imperial and US customary systems. It is traditionally defined as area of one chain by one furlong (66 by 660 feet), which is exactly equal to 10 square chains, 1/640 of a square mile or 43560 square feet, and approximately 4047 m2 or about 40% of a hectare.

An acre can be measured in any shape, from rectangles to circles or even hexagons. It can have any length and width so long as the total area of land is 43560 square feet. The international Committee for Weights and Measures has classified acre as a ‘non-SI unit accepted for use with the International system of units’.  

  • 1 acre = 43560 square feet
  • 1 acre = 4046.86 square meters
  • 1 acre = 4840 square yards
  • 1 acre = 0.404686 hectares
  • 1 acre = 1/640th of a square mile.

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Difference Between Hectare And Acre In Tabular Form

BASIS OF COMPARISON HECTARE ACRE
Description A 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.
Symbol ha    ac
Acceptance Hectare is a non-SI unit, accepted for use with the international system of units.   Acre is not a recognized SI unit of area measurement.
Size Hectare 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.
Definition Hectare is a metric unit of area. An acre is a unit of measurement mostly used in U.S customary and Imperial systems.
Use Hectare 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 etc.