Special Report

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. feet
> Avg. floor area per person: 478 sq. feet
> New homes started: 1,469,000
> GDP per capita (inflation adjusted): $24,143

1971
> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 1,520 sq. feet
> Avg. floor area per person: 489 sq. feet
> New homes started: 2,052,200
> GDP per capita (inflation adjusted): $24,624

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1972
> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 1,555 sq. feet
> Avg. floor area per person: 508 sq. feet
> New homes started: 2,356,600
> GDP per capita (inflation adjusted): $25,643

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1973
> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 1,660 sq. feet
> Avg. floor area per person: 551 sq. feet
> New homes started: 2,045,000
> GDP per capita (inflation adjusted): $26,834

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1974
> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 1,695 sq. feet
> Avg. floor area per person: 571 sq. feet
> New homes started: 1,338,000
> GDP per capita (inflation adjusted): $26,446

1975
> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 1,645 sq. feet
> Avg. floor area per person: 560 sq. feet
> New homes started: 1,160,000
> GDP per capita (inflation adjusted): $26,135

1976
> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 1,700 sq. feet
> Avg. floor area per person: 588 sq. feet
> New homes started: 1,538,000
> GDP per capita (inflation adjusted): $27,278

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1977
> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 1,720 sq. feet
> Avg. floor area per person: 601 sq. feet
> New homes started: 1,987,000
> GDP per capita (inflation adjusted): $28,253

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1978
> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 1,755 sq. feet
> Avg. floor area per person: 625 sq. feet
> New homes started: 2,020,000
> GDP per capita (inflation adjusted): $29,503

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1979
> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 1,760 sq. feet
> Avg. floor area per person: 633 sq. feet
> New homes started: 1,745,000
> GDP per capita (inflation adjusted): $30,104

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