Special Report

The Size of a Home the Year You Were Born

1950
> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 983 sq. feet
> Avg. floor area per person: 292 sq. feet
> New homes started: 1,952,000
> GDP per capita (inflation adjusted): $15,092

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1951
> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 874 sq. feet
> Avg. floor area per person: 262 sq. feet
> New homes started: 1,491,000
> GDP per capita (inflation adjusted): $16,033

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1952
> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 910 sq. feet
> Avg. floor area per person: 274 sq. feet
> New homes started: 1,504,000
> GDP per capita (inflation adjusted): $16,405

1953
> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 917 sq. feet
> Avg. floor area per person: 279 sq. feet
> New homes started: 1,438,000
> GDP per capita (inflation adjusted): $16,894

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1954
> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 1,140 sq. feet
> Avg. floor area per person: 341 sq. feet
> New homes started: 1,551,000
> GDP per capita (inflation adjusted): $16,503

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1955
> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 1,170 sq. feet
> Avg. floor area per person: 351 sq. feet
> New homes started: 1,646,000
> GDP per capita (inflation adjusted): $17,371

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1956
> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 1,230 sq. feet
> Avg. floor area per person: 370 sq. feet
> New homes started: 1,349,000
> GDP per capita (inflation adjusted): $17,432

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1957
> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 1,305 sq. feet
> Avg. floor area per person: 392 sq. feet
> New homes started: 1,224,000
> GDP per capita (inflation adjusted): $17,482

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1958
> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 1,289 sq. feet
> Avg. floor area per person: 386 sq. feet
> New homes started: 1,382,000
> GDP per capita (inflation adjusted): $17,065

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1959
> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 1,300 sq. feet
> Avg. floor area per person: 389 sq. feet
> New homes started: 1,554,000
> GDP per capita (inflation adjusted): $17,943

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