Special Report

The Size of a Home the Year You Were Born

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1920
> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 1,048 sq. feet
> Avg. floor area per person: 242 sq. feet
> New homes started: 247,000
> GDP per capita (inflation adjusted): $10,164

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1921
> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 1,011 sq. feet
> Avg. floor area per person: 233 sq. feet
> New homes started: 449,000
> GDP per capita (inflation adjusted): $9,743

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1922
> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 818 sq. feet
> Avg. floor area per person: 188 sq. feet
> New homes started: 716,000
> GDP per capita (inflation adjusted): $10,141

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1923
> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 742 sq. feet
> Avg. floor area per person: 171 sq. feet
> New homes started: 871,000
> GDP per capita (inflation adjusted): $11,284

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1924
> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 777 sq. feet
> Avg. floor area per person: 179 sq. feet
> New homes started: 893,000
> GDP per capita (inflation adjusted): $11,409

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1925
> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 967 sq. feet
> Avg. floor area per person: 223 sq. feet
> New homes started: 937,000
> GDP per capita (inflation adjusted): $11,500

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1926
> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 994 sq. feet
> Avg. floor area per person: 229 sq. feet
> New homes started: 849,000
> GDP per capita (inflation adjusted): $12,086

1927
> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 989 sq. feet
> Avg. floor area per person: 228 sq. feet
> New homes started: 810,000
> GDP per capita (inflation adjusted): $12,038

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1928
> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 1,222 sq. feet
> Avg. floor area per person: 282 sq. feet
> New homes started: 753,000
> GDP per capita (inflation adjusted): $12,025

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1929
> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 1,233 sq. feet
> Avg. floor area per person: 284 sq. feet
> New homes started: 509,000
> GDP per capita (inflation adjusted): $9,668

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