The Size of a Home the Year You Were Born

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1970
Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 1,500 sq. ft.
Avg. floor area per person: 478 sq. ft.
New homes started: 1,469,000
GDP per capita (inflation adjusted): $23,024

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1971
Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 1,520 sq. ft.
Avg. floor area per person: 489 sq. ft.
New homes started: 2,052,200
GDP per capita (inflation adjusted): $23,485

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1972
Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 1,555 sq. ft.
Avg. floor area per person: 508 sq. ft.
New homes started: 2,356,600
GDP per capita (inflation adjusted): $24,458

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1973
Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 1,660 sq. ft.
Avg. floor area per person: 551 sq. ft.
New homes started: 2,045,000
GDP per capita (inflation adjusted): $25,593

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1974
Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 1,695 sq. ft.
Avg. floor area per person: 571 sq. ft.
New homes started: 1,338,000
GDP per capita (inflation adjusted): $25,227

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1975
Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 1,645 sq. ft.
Avg. floor area per person: 560 sq. ft.
New homes started: 1,160,000
GDP per capita (inflation adjusted): $24,934

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1976
Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 1,700 sq. ft.
Avg. floor area per person: 588 sq. ft.
New homes started: 1,538,000
GDP per capita (inflation adjusted): $26,024

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1977
Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 1,720 sq. ft.
Avg. floor area per person: 601 sq. ft.
New homes started: 1,987,000
GDP per capita (inflation adjusted): $26,951

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1978
Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 1,755 sq. ft.
Avg. floor area per person: 625 sq. ft.
New homes started: 2,020,000
GDP per capita (inflation adjusted): $28,151

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1979
Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 1,760 sq. ft.
Avg. floor area per person: 633 sq. ft.
New homes started: 1,745,000
GDP per capita (inflation adjusted): $28,725