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Average Size of US Homes, Decade by Decade

It's nearly tripled since 1950
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted May 29, 2016 12:17 PM CDT
Average Size of US Homes, Decade by Decade
A "sold" sign sits in front of a house under the final stages of construction in Plano, Texas.   (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

24/7 Wall St has a list that shows how the typical American home has changed from 1920 to 2014. And that mainly means the homes have gotten way bigger. The list tracks various stats year by year, including average square feet. Here's a sample, with the figure referring to the average floor area of a new single-family home:

  • 1920: 1,048 square feet
  • 1930: 1,129
  • 1940: 1,177
  • 1950: 983
  • 1960: 1,289
  • 1970: 1,500
  • 1980: 1,740
  • 1990: 2,080
  • 2000: 2,266
  • 2010: 2,392
  • 2014: 2,657
Click for the full list. (Read more homes stories.)

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