The Size of a Home the Year You Were Born

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1930
Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 1,129 sq. ft.
Avg. floor area per person: 275 sq. ft.
New homes started: 330,000
GDP per capita (inflation adjusted): $7,847

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1931
Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 1,213 sq. ft.
Avg. floor area per person: 295 sq. ft.
New homes started: 254,000
GDP per capita (inflation adjusted): $7,288

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1932
Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 889 sq. ft.
Avg. floor area per person: 216 sq. ft.
New homes started: 134,000
GDP per capita (inflation adjusted): $6,308

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1933
Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 1,267 sq. ft.
Avg. floor area per person: 308 sq. ft.
New homes started: 93,000
GDP per capita (inflation adjusted): $6,192

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1934
Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 826 sq. ft.
Avg. floor area per person: 201 sq. ft.
New homes started: 126,000
GDP per capita (inflation adjusted): $6,817

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1935
Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 992 sq. ft.
Avg. floor area per person: 241 sq. ft.
New homes started: 221,000
GDP per capita (inflation adjusted): $7,373

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1936
Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 1,129 sq. ft.
Avg. floor area per person: 275 sq. ft.
New homes started: 319,000
GDP per capita (inflation adjusted): $8,273

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1937
Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 1,135 sq. ft.
Avg. floor area per person: 276 sq. ft.
New homes started: 336,000
GDP per capita (inflation adjusted): $8,643

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1938
Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 959 sq. ft.
Avg. floor area per person: 233 sq. ft.
New homes started: 406,000
GDP per capita (inflation adjusted): $8,292

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1939
Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 1,046 sq. ft.
Avg. floor area per person: 254 sq. ft.
New homes started: 515,000
GDP per capita (inflation adjusted): $8,881