An acre, depending on its shape, is approximately 836 to 885 linear feet. A perfectly square acre is 835 linear feet. How much you will pay to fence an acre of land depends on the fence material you choose to use.

It costs $10,000 to $15,000 to fence an acre of land depending on the material, shape, and location of the land.

You can choose fencing materials based on how you use your land. Agricultural land and residential land use different types of fence materials which would cause the fencing cost to vary.

Fence typeCost per linear footCost per acre
Split Rail$15$12,000
Barbed wire$4$3340
Chain link$7$5845
Wrought Iron$35$29,000
Board on Board$18$15,000

Split Rail

Depending on the material you use, a split rail fence is a classy and attractive fence. A split rail fence is open and is suitable for agricultural land. It is made with logs placed on each other with spaces in between.

Install a split rail fence costs $12 to $17 per linear foot. To install a split rail fence on an acre of land will cost $10,000 to $15,000.

Split Rail

Wooden Fence

Install a wooden fence costs $12 to $30 per linear foot. How much you pay for a wooden fence depends on the wood you choose. Pine is the cheapest wood material you can use to make a fence. Cedar and redwood are moderately priced, while hardwoods are expensive fencing materials.

Fencing an acre of land with a wooden fence would cost from $10,000 to $25,000. The cost of the wooden fence may rise with the height of your fence. The higher your wooden fence, the more you will pay to install it.

Wooden Fence

Chain Link

A chain-link fence is also an affordable fencing option. How much you pay for a chain-link fence depends on the height of the fence and the quality of the chain link wire. Chain link fences are available in 4, 6, and 8-foot fences. Higher gauge chain link fences are more expensive than lower gauge fences.

It will cost you $5to $15 to install a chain-link fence. It will cost you $12,000 to $ 21,000. Depending on your needs, you don’t need to pay the higher amounts of chain link fencing. Hire a professional to properly install a chain link fence for you.

Chain Link

Vinyl Fence

A vinyl fence costs $15 to $30 per linear foot. A vinyl fence is strong and versatile. It is long-lasting and requires little to no maintenance. It is also available in many styles, colors, and designs from the manufacturer.

It will cost you $12,000 to $24,000 to fence an acre of land with a vinyl fence. The cost of vinyl fences varies on the height and design of the fence. A high vinyl privacy fence is more expensive to install than a short one. The design of the vinyl fence also determines how much you will pay for your fence.

Vinyl Fence


Aluminum is a popular fencing material. It is strong, doesn’t rust, and could last up to 100 years depending on the quality. The height and quality of the aluminum fence determine how much you will pay to install an aluminum fence.

An aluminum fence costs $25-$50 per linear foot depending on the height of the fence and the quality of the aluminum fence. You can expect to pay $20,000 to $40,000 to fence an acre of land with aluminum fencing.


Wrought Iron

A wrought iron fence is strong and sturdy. It is attractive and lasts many years. It also doesn’t rot.

A wrought iron fence costs $24 to $44 per linear foot. To install a wrought iron fence on an acre of land will cost you $20,000 to $37,000.

Wrought Iron

Composite & Trex

Composite and Trex fencing costs $23 to $37 per linear foot. To fence, an acre of land will cost you $20,000 to $30,000.

Composite and Trex fencing is long-lasting and can serve you for over 20 years. It looks like wood but doesn’t need painting or staining. It is available in different colors and styles. It is also easy to install, and you can install it by yourself. You can do this to save on your installation costs.

Composite & Trex

Board On Board Fence

A board-on-board fence is a strong and attractive fence. It costs $16 to $22 to install. If you want to fence an acre of land with the board-to-board fence, it will cost $14,000 to $18,300.

Although it is a strong fence, it doesn’t provide as much privacy since you can see through the overlap rails on the fence.

Board On Board Fence

Barbed Wire

Barbed wire is the cheapest fencing material you can buy. It is suitable for fencing agricultural and rural land. It easily keeps animals from straying away from your land and provides you with a clear view of your land.

Barbed wire costs $1.5 to $2.5 per linear foot. Labor installation costs $2.5. You can expect to pay from $3,300 to $4,200 to fence an acre of land with barbed wire.

If you are handy enough and have the time, you can install the barbed wire fence yourself. It is a lot of work since you need to dig the posts all around your acre of land then fix the barbed wire to the posts.

barbed wire

Hiring A Fence Installation Company

Installing a fence is a tasking job. If you want to install a fence, you are better off hiring a fence installation company than doing it yourself.

It is difficult to hire the right fence installation company. Use the tool to hire the right professional for the job.

At the top, enter your zip code then fill the subsequent form. On the form, enter the details of the fencing project.

You will then receive three quotes from three professionals. You can then pick one of them to install the fence for you.


If you want to make your fencing project more affordable, match it to your house. If your house is modest, install a modest fence. Don’t choose fence materials that are not similar to your house.

When buying fence materials, check out more than one supplier. You can compare the prices offered by each of the suppliers and buy from the cheapest. You don’t have to buy all the fencing materials from one supplier, you can buy each item from the cheapest seller.

Additionally, having a professional install the fence for you helps to lower the cost of the project. With their professional contacts, they can purchase materials at a lower cost than you. Thus, reducing your fencing cost significantly.

The first thing you need to consider is your budget. How much do you want to spend on your fencing project? Let your contractor know how much you have to spend. They will then advise you on the best materials to use for the fence and how much they will charge you.

You also need to consider the experience of the contractor. Can they manage a project like yours? If the contractor can show you evidence of handling a similar project to perfection, choose them.

Also, consider the reputation of the contractor. Check the contractor’s website and read reviews from other customers. If the customers have a favorable view of the contractor, hire them.

Depending on where you live, you may or may not need a permit to fence your land. Check with the local authorities in your area on whether you need a permit to fence your land. Pay the required fees before you start installing the fence.

When you hire a professional, they will advise you on whether you need a permit in your region to install a fence.

The easiest way to find out how much fencing materials and money you need for your fencing project is to hire a professional installer. They will help you measure your yard and provide the exact cost and materials needed for fencing it.

You can also use apps found on fence contractor websites. Enter the approximate size of your yard onto the app. Enter other details such as gates required and the expected height of the fence. When you have filled in all the details, the app will provide you with a detailed cost list of the materials and costs to install a fence in your yard.

Fences provide privacy to your home. Fences also enhance the security of your home by blocking intruders and animals. In ranch land, fences prevent animals from straying into other ranches.

At home, fences block noise in the street from reaching your house. Depending on the fencing material used, it will make your home more attractive and increase the value of your property.

Ben McInerney
Author: Ben McInerney - is a qualified arborist with 15 plus years of industry experience in Arboriculture. He ran a successful tree service before turning to writing and publishing. Ben is dedicated to providing users with the most accurate up-to-date information on everything trees.