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The square yard (Northern India: gaj) is an imperial unit of area, formerly used in most of the English-speaking world but now generally replaced by the square metre outside of the U.S., Canada and the U.K. It is defined as the area of a square with sides of one yard (three feet, thirty-six inches, 0.9144 metres) in length.
There is no universally agreed symbol but the following are used:
- square yards, square yard, square yds, square yd
- sq yards, sq yard, sq yds, sq yd, sq.yd.
- yards/-2, yard/-2, yds/-2, yd/-2
- yards^2, yard^2, yds^2, yd^2
- yards², yard², yds², yd²
(Canada has converted to the metric system for most purposes (in the 1970s) with some use of non-metric units and standards remaining in some sectors of the Canadian economy. This is mainly due to historical ties with the United Kingdom (before metrication), the traditional use of the imperial system of measurement in Canada, and close proximity to the United States).
One square yard is equivalent to:
- 1,296 square inches
- Nine square feet
- ≈0.00020661157 acres
- ≈0.000000322830579 square miles
- 836 127.36 square millimetres
- 8 361.2736 square centimetres
- 0.83612736 square metres
- 0.000083612736 hectares
- 0.00000083612736 square kilometres