Special Report

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. feet
> Avg. floor area per person: 275 sq. feet
> New homes started: 330,000
> GDP per capita (inflation adjusted): $7,847

1931
> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 1,213 sq. feet
> Avg. floor area per person: 295 sq. feet
> 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. feet
> Avg. floor area per person: 216 sq. feet
> 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. feet
> Avg. floor area per person: 308 sq. feet
> New homes started: 93,000
> GDP per capita (inflation adjusted): $6,192

1934
> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 826 sq. feet
> Avg. floor area per person: 201 sq. feet
> 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. feet
> Avg. floor area per person: 241 sq. feet
> New homes started: 221,000
> GDP per capita (inflation adjusted): $7,373

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

1937
> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 1,135 sq. feet
> Avg. floor area per person: 276 sq. feet
> 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. feet
> Avg. floor area per person: 233 sq. feet
> 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. feet
> Avg. floor area per person: 254 sq. feet
> New homes started: 515,000
> GDP per capita (inflation adjusted): $8,881

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