How many feet is a 1-acre lot and how many feet of fence do you need for land this size? These are common questions in matters of land.

1 acre of land is 43,560 square feet which gives it a linear circumference of 835 feet. Thus, you will need 835 feet of fence for a 1 acre lot . If you are buying prefabricated sections, you will need 104 sections that are 8 feet long each to fence 1 acre.

There are lots of difference fences you can use which vary wildly in price but the most popular is a split rail or a post and wire.

Linear feetNo. of 8 ft. sections needed
1/4 acre lot20826
1/2 acre lot41752
1 acre lot835104
2 acre lot1,670208
5 acre lot4,175520
10 acre lot8,3501,040

How many 8 foot sections of fence needed for 1 acre lot

We know the linear circumference of a 1 acre plot of land, no matter the shape, is 835 feet. So the calculate the number of 8 feet sections to fence a 1 acre lot you need to :

835 divided by 8 = 104

So you will need 104 sections of fence that are 8 feet long each to completely fence a 1 acre lot.

How many feet of fence for a ½ acre lot

A 1/2 acre lot of land is 21,780 square feet with a circumference of 417 linear feet. So you will need 417 linear feet of fence for a ½ acre lot.

If you are buying 8 foot sections of fence, you will need take 417 and divide by 8 ft.

417 divided by 8 = 52

You will need 52 x 8 foot sections of fence for a 1/2 acre lot.

How many feet of fence for a ¼ acre lot

A 1/4 acre plot of land is 10,890, which is the average land size right across America. A 1/4 acre lot has 208 linear feet around the perimeter.

Most fences use 8-foot spacing between fence posts, so you will need approx 104 fence posts for a 1 acre lot.

how many feet of fencing for a 1 acre lot

How much does it cost to fence a 1-acre lot?

It costs $3,550 to $23,425 to fence a 1-acre lot. The materials you use will determine the overall cost of installing the fence. Some materials may be a bit costlier than others.

How much you spend on a fence depends on your budget and the materials you use.

Average cost of fencing a 1-acre lot by material type

Fence materialCost per footNo. of posts for 8-foot section fencesFinal price (Average)
Post and Wire$1 - $6104$3,550
Chain link$9 - $18104$9,450
Wood$10 - $20104$12,460
Vinyl or PVC$20 - $25104$18,300
Aluminum$20 - $35104$23,425

Barbed wire

It is the cheapest fencing material. It costs $2.5 to $6 per foot. This works out to be $2,087 to $5,010 to fence your acre of land with barbed wire, which the variance in proce depending on the post type used.

Woven wire fence

It costs $2 to $4 per foot to fence land with a woven wire fence. You will pay $1,670 to $3,340 to fence a 1-acre lot with a woven wire fence.

It is used most in agricultural settings due to its strength and safety with animals.

Wood fencing

It costs $10 to $20 per foot to fence with wood. You will pay $8,650 to $17,400 to fence an acre of land with wood.

Wood is a suitable fencing material for both homes and agricultural land.


Fencing with vinyl costs $20 to $25 per foot. You will pay $17,400 to $20,875 to fence a 1-acre lot with vinyl. It is popular for its ease of use. It is lightweight and durable.


Aluminum fence materials are among the most expensive. It costs $20 to $35 per foot to fence with aluminum. The entire project will cost about $17,400 to $ 29,225.

Aluminum is an attractive and lightweight fence material that does not rust. Due to its cost, it is used mostly for residential fencing.

Factors to consider when fencing your land

Size of the land

It will cost more to fence a larger piece of land than a smaller one. The size of the land determines the number of fencing materials you need. The more materials you need, the more you pay for fencing.

Choice of fence materials

There are many types of fence materials to choose from. Prices of fence materials vary.

Barbed wire is the cheapest fence material while wrought iron and aluminum are the most expensive.

Type of fence

There are many options of fences you can install depending on how you intend to use the land. Land can either be residential or agricultural.

Residential fences provide privacy and security to homes. Agricultural fences mark boundaries and keep animals enclosed within the farm.


Permits tend to increase the cost of fencing, and depending on your location, you will need a permit for your home remodeling project.

Consult your local government office to find out if you need a permit. The more you pay, for a permit the higher your fencing costs.

DIY or hire a pro

Depending on the fence material you use, you can DIY or hire a pro. If you DIY, you will save on the fence installation costs.

You can also hire a pro to install your fence. The larger your land, the more you will pay a pro to install a fence. Additionally, the type of fence you install will increase the cost.

Job complexity

The complexity of fencing tasks depends on the state of the land. Trees and ungraded land increase the complexity of fence installation.

Grading the land increases the cost of fence installation.

How to save money on your fencing project

  • Purchase cheap fencing materials. Depending on the purpose of the fence, do not go for the expensive materials. Pick fairly priced materials that will serve the purpose.
  • Always prepare a budget with the help of a professional. It helps to guide your purchases.
  • Choose an affordable and purposeful style for your fences.
  • You can opt for DIY installation.
  • Get three quotes from installation companies before you pick one to hire.

Benefits of installing a fence

  • Increase your property’s value.
  • Enhances your home’s security.
  • Mark the boundaries of your land.
Benjamin McInerny
Author: Benjamin McInerny - is a qualified arborist and a DIY Home Improvement enthusiast. Ben has a extensive experience on renovation projects including, mold removal, painting, fence installation and more. Ben shares his skills with DIY and gardening enthusiasts.