Special Report

The Size of a Home the Year You Were Born

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1980
> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 1,740 sq. feet
> Avg. floor area per person: 630 sq. feet
> New homes started: 1,292,000
> GDP per capita (inflation adjusted): $29,682

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1981
> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 1,720 sq. feet
> Avg. floor area per person: 630 sq. feet
> New homes started: 1,084,000
> GDP per capita (inflation adjusted): $30,133

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1982
> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 1,710 sq. feet
> Avg. floor area per person: 629 sq. feet
> New homes started: 1,062,000
> GDP per capita (inflation adjusted): $29,308

1983
> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 1,725 sq. feet
> Avg. floor area per person: 632 sq. feet
> New homes started: 1,703,000
> GDP per capita (inflation adjusted): $30,373

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1984
> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 1,780 sq. feet
> Avg. floor area per person: 657 sq. feet
> New homes started: 1,750,000
> GDP per capita (inflation adjusted): $32,288

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1985
> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 1,785 sq. feet
> Avg. floor area per person: 664 sq. feet
> New homes started: 1,742,000
> GDP per capita (inflation adjusted): $33,336

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1986
> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 1,825 sq. feet
> Avg. floor area per person: 684 sq. feet
> New homes started: 1,805,000
> GDP per capita (inflation adjusted): $34,179

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1987
> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 1,905 sq. feet
> Avg. floor area per person: 716 sq. feet
> New homes started: 1,621,000
> GDP per capita (inflation adjusted): $35,047

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1988
> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 1,995 sq. feet
> Avg. floor area per person: 756 sq. feet
> New homes started: 1,488,000
> GDP per capita (inflation adjusted): $36,180

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1989
> Avg. floor area of a new single-family home: 2,035 sq. feet
> Avg. floor area per person: 777 sq. feet
> New homes started: 1,376,000
> GDP per capita (inflation adjusted): $37,157

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