Special Report

The Size of a Home the Year You Were Born

1970 baseball game

> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 1,500 sq ft
> Avg. floor area per person: 478 sq ft
> New homes started: 1.47 million
> GDP per capita: $25,677

1971 house

> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 1,520 sq ft
> Avg. floor area per person: 489 sq ft
> New homes started: 2.05 million
> GDP per capita: $26,192

The House 1971

> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 1,555 sq ft
> Avg. floor area per person: 508 sq ft
> New homes started: 2.36 million
> GDP per capita: $27,277

1973 house

> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 1,660 sq ft
> Avg. floor area per person: 551 sq ft
> New homes started: 2.05 million
> GDP per capita: $28,542

1974 house

> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 1,695 sq ft
> Avg. floor area per person: 571 sq ft
> New homes started: 1.34 million
> GDP per capita: $28,134

1975 house

> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 1,645 sq ft
> Avg. floor area per person: 560 sq ft
> New homes started: 1.16 million
> GDP per capita: $27,807

1976 house

> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 1,700 sq ft
> Avg. floor area per person: 588 sq ft
> New homes started: 1.54 million
> GDP per capita: $29,023

1977 house

> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 1,720 sq ft
> Avg. floor area per person: 601 sq ft
> New homes started: 1.99 million
> GDP per capita: $30,057

1978 house

> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 1,755 sq ft
> Avg. floor area per person: 625 sq ft
> New homes started: 2.02 million
> GDP per capita: $31,395

1979 house

> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 1,760 sq ft
> Avg. floor area per person: 633 sq ft
> New homes started: 1.75 million
> GDP per capita: $32,035

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