Special Report

The Size of a Home the Year You Were Born

1980 house

> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 1,740 sq ft
> Avg. floor area per person: 630 sq ft
> New homes started: 1.29 million
> GDP per capita: $31,589

1981 barn owls

> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 1,720 sq ft
> Avg. floor area per person: 630 sq ft
> New homes started: 1.08 million
> GDP per capita: $32,088

1982 house

> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 1,710 sq ft
> Avg. floor area per person: 629 sq ft
> New homes started: 1.06 million
> GDP per capita: $31,174

1983 house

> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 1,725 sq ft
> Avg. floor area per person: 632 sq ft
> New homes started: 1.70 million
> GDP per capita: $32,324

1984 house

> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 1,780 sq ft
> Avg. floor area per person: 657 sq ft
> New homes started: 1.75 million
> GDP per capita: $34,368

1985 house

> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 1,785 sq ft
> Avg. floor area per person: 664 sq ft
> New homes started: 1.74 million
> GDP per capita: $35,508

1986 house

> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 1,825 sq ft
> Avg. floor area per person: 684 sq ft
> New homes started: 1.81 million
> GDP per capita: $36,423

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> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 1,905 sq ft
> Avg. floor area per person: 716 sq ft
> New homes started: 1.62 million
> GDP per capita: $37,348

1988 house

> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 1,995 sq ft
> Avg. floor area per person: 756 sq ft
> New homes started: 1.49 million
> GDP per capita: $38,566

1989 house

> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 2,035 sq ft
> Avg. floor area per person: 777 sq ft
> New homes started: 1.38 million
> GDP per capita: $39,610

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