Special Report

The Size of a Home the Year You Were Born

1940
> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 1,177 sq. feet
> Avg. floor area per person: 321 sq. feet
> New homes started: 603,000
> GDP per capita (inflation adjusted): $9,583

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1941
> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 1,153 sq. feet
> Avg. floor area per person: 314 sq. feet
> New homes started: 706,000
> GDP per capita (inflation adjusted): $11,171

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1942
> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 2,044 sq. feet
> Avg. floor area per person: 557 sq. feet
> New homes started: 356,000
> GDP per capita (inflation adjusted): $13,138

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1943
> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 1,692 sq. feet
> Avg. floor area per person: 461 sq. feet
> New homes started: 191,000
> GDP per capita (inflation adjusted): $15,166

1944
> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 837 sq. feet
> Avg. floor area per person: 228 sq. feet
> New homes started: 142,000
> GDP per capita (inflation adjusted): $16,181

Source: Tony the Marine / Wikimedia Commons

1945
> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 797 sq. feet
> Avg. floor area per person: 217 sq. feet
> New homes started: 326,000
> GDP per capita (inflation adjusted): $15,850

1946
> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 817 sq. feet
> Avg. floor area per person: 223 sq. feet
> New homes started: 1,023,000
> GDP per capita (inflation adjusted): $13,869

1947
> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 903 sq. feet
> Avg. floor area per person: 254 sq. feet
> New homes started: 1,268,000
> GDP per capita (inflation adjusted): $14,118

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1948
> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 800 sq. feet
> Avg. floor area per person: 229 sq. feet
> New homes started: 1,362,000
> GDP per capita (inflation adjusted): $14,448

1949
> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 767 sq. feet
> Avg. floor area per person: 224 sq. feet
> New homes started: 1,466,000
> GDP per capita (inflation adjusted): $14,120

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