New Homes In The U.S. Are 74 Percent Larger Than They Were In The 1910s

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New homes offer 1,000 more square feet of space than those built a century ago

September 14, 2016
New Homes In The U.S. Are 74 Percent Larger Than They Were In The 1910s

The W.C. Harris House, built in 1910 in Sterling, Colo. Photo: Jeffrey Beall/Creative Commons.

Households were much more cramped a century ago.

According to data from PropertyShark, not only are homes built today 74 percent bigger than homes built in the 1910s, but the typical household size is half as large. New homes are 2,430 square feet on average, and the average household contains 2.58 people.

Some cities, including New York City and Washington, have smaller homes, though.

Inner-city dwellings are getting smaller all the time and micro-housing is becoming more and more popular. The average NYC home being built these days is 11% smaller than in 1910, spanning 1,230 square feet.

The site also found the cities with the largest new homes (Orlando was the leader at 2,988 square feet) and the smallest (Boston, at 909 square feet), and noted that only four cities (Orlando, San Antonio, Nashville, and Dallas) have median home sizes above the national average.

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