Special Report

The Size of a Home the Year You Were Born

1940 house interior
Source: Stanley M. Nixon / Historic American Buildings Survey / Wikimedia Commons

> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 1,177 sq ft
> Avg. floor area per person: 321 sq ft
> New homes started: 603,000
> GDP per capita: $10,687

1941 FDR and dog
Source: Franklin D. Roosevelt Library / Wikimedia Commons

> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 1,153 sq ft
> Avg. floor area per person: 314 sq ft
> New homes started: 706,000
> GDP per capita: $12,458

1942 house
Source: Dorothea Lange / Wikimedia Commons

> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 2,044 sq ft
> Avg. floor area per person: 557 sq ft
> New homes started: 356,000
> GDP per capita: $14,652

1943 house
Source: John Vachon / Library of Congress / Wikimedia Commons

> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 1,692 sq ft
> Avg. floor area per person: 461 sq ft
> New homes started: 191,000
> GDP per capita: $16,914

Ghost town of Grafton, Utah: the church and a house
Source: Thinkstock

> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 837 sq ft
> Avg. floor area per person: 228 sq ft
> New homes started: 142,000
> GDP per capita: $18,046

1945 house
Source: GarlandFamily / Wikimedia Commons

> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 797 sq ft
> Avg. floor area per person: 217 sq ft
> New homes started: 326,000
> GDP per capita: $17,677

1946 White House
Source: Abbie Rowe / National Archives and Records Administration / Wikimedia Commons

> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 817 sq ft
> Avg. floor area per person: 223 sq ft
> New homes started: 1.02 million
> GDP per capita: $15,467

1947 house

> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 903 sq ft
> Avg. floor area per person: 254 sq ft
> New homes started: 1.27 million
> GDP per capita: $15,008

1948 house

> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 800 sq ft
> Avg. floor area per person: 229 sq ft
> New homes started: 1.36 million
> GDP per capita: $15,364

1949 interior
Source: Agriculture And Stock Department, Publicity Branch / Wikimedia Commons

> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 767 sq ft
> Avg. floor area per person: 224 sq ft
> New homes started: 1.47 million
> GDP per capita: $15,018

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