How The Size Of American Homes Measures Up To The Rest Of The World

February 1, 2017

Compared to Brazil, Spain, and Mexico, houses in the U.S. are pretty big and spacious.

Through a survey of 29,000 people across nine countries, Point2 Homes found that at an average of 1,901 square feet, the U.S. is second to Australia in home size and nearly 30 percent larger than European homes. Americans also enjoy an average of 656 square feet of living area per person, the highest in the world, and nearly twice as much as Brazil.

Americans are content with the space they have. The survey found that 27 percent of Americans desire a home between 1,501 and 2,000 square feet, a higher share than those who want a 2,001-2,500 square-foot home (21 percent) or a home between 1,001 and 1,500 square feet (21 percent). But, people in smaller homes want to go big.

More than half of those living in spaces from 1,001 to 1,500 square feet and 74% of those with homes of less than 1,000 square feet would prefer a larger home, and that preference doesn’t seem to change as they grow older either.

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