The Size of a Home the Year You Were Born

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1920 house
Source: UNM Digital Libraries / Wikimedia Commons

> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 1,048 sq ft
> Avg. floor area per person: 242 sq ft
> New homes started: 247,000
> GDP per capita: $10,164

1921 house
Source: Shulman, Julius / Wikimedia Commons

> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 1,011 sq ft
> Avg. floor area per person: 233 sq ft
> New homes started: 449,000
> GDP per capita: $9,743

1922 house
Source: Albert R. Stone / Wikimedia Commons

> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 818 sq ft
> Avg. floor area per person: 188 sq ft
> New homes started: 716,000
> GDP per capita: $10,141

1923 auto wreck
Source: National Photo Company / Library of Congress / Wikimedia Commons

> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 742 sq. ft
> Avg. floor area per person: 171 sq. ft
> New homes started: 871,000
> GDP per capita: $11,284

1924 house

> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 777 sq ft
> Avg. floor area per person: 179 sq ft
> New homes started: 893,000
> GDP per capita: $11,409

1925 inside house

> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 967 sq ft
> Avg. floor area per person: 223 sq ft
> New homes started: 937,000
> GDP per capita: $11,500

1926 orange fields and house

> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 994 sq ft
> Avg. floor area per person: 229 sq ft
> New homes started: 849,000
> GDP per capita: $12,086

1927 house
Source: Snyder, Frank R. / Wikimedia Commons

> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 989 sq ft
> Avg. floor area per person: 228 sq ft
> New homes started: 810,000
> GDP per capita: $12,038

1928 town

> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 1,222 sq ft
> Avg. floor area per person: 282 sq ft
> New homes started: 753,000
> GDP per capita: $12,025

1929 house

> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 1,233 sq ft
> Avg. floor area per person: 284 sq ft
> New homes started: 509,000
> GDP per capita: $9,668